The Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been suspended by the International Cricket Council. She violated the code of conduct during 3rd One-day international match against Bangladesh played at Sher E Bangla Stadium, Mirpur on 22nd July 2023. It occurred during the 34th over when she was caught at slips by Nahida Akther
She showed her anger after hitting the stumps and showing wrong gestures to the umpire after being given out in the wrong way. The match between Bangladesh women and Indian women ending a tie as Meghana Singh was the last batter dismissed.
Kaur was fined 50 percent of her match fees for a level 2 offence and received three demerit points for her disciplinary actions. The One-day international series between Indian women and Bangladesh women ended in a 1-1 tie during the important 2022-25 World Cup match matches.
The Indian captain accepted the offences and agreed to the sanctions made by Akthar Ahmed. As a result, there was no formal hearing and charges were given accordingly. Harmanpreet Kaur will miss the quarterfinals and semi-finals of the Asian Games 2023. The Indian team qualified directly for the Asian Games 2023 Cricket team due to higher rankings.
It is a major blow as Harmanpreet Kaur will miss knockout matches during the prestigious Asian Games cricket tournament. Indian women’s team lost the first ODI match by 40 runs via the DLS method after not being able to score a paltry total of 152. Kaur-led side dominated Bangladesh with an impressive 108 runs in the 2nd One-day international match played on 19th July.
The third One-day international was a brilliant encounter as Bangladesh women posted 225 for 4 in 50 overs. In reply, Harleen Deol and Smriti Mandhana looked to take the Indian team home but cope with the pressure of losing the last 6 wickets quickly.
Harmanpreet Kaur’s performance in the series against Bangladesh
Harmanpreet Kaur led from the front with an unbeaten 54 off 35 balls in the first T20I match played on 9th July. She was dismissed on her opening delivery on 11th July during the 2nd match and won the low-scoring match by 8 runs.
She made 40 off 41 deliveries during the final T20I match where other Indian batters struggled. Kaur made just 5 during the first ODI as Indian batters struggled to cope with Bangladesh spinners. The Indian captain retired hurt due to an injury before coming back scoring a well-made 52 in the 2nd ODI match.
The Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur would be looking to come back with a vengeance after her ban if Women in Blue reaches the finals of the Asian Games 2023.