Team India captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been suspended by the ICC for the next two international matches following two separate breaches of the ICC Code of Conduct during the final One Day International against Bangladesh recently.
Harmanpreet Kaur was first fined 50 percent of her match fee and also received three demerit points for a Level 2 offence for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision as well. The incident happened in the 34th over of the Indian innings after the veteran smashed the stumps with the bat after she was given out by the on-field umpire.
Meanwhile, the second breach was during the post-match presentation ceremony where Harmanpreet Kaur criticised the umpiring in the game. She was fined 25% of her match fee and received one demerit point for this offence as well. As a result, she ended up facing four demerit points that convert into two suspension points which means the player will be banned for one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first for the player.
This means that Harmanpreet Kau will be missing India’s first two games in the Asian Games slated to begin in September. India has directly qualified for the marquee event based on their rankings and Harmanpreet Kaur will miss that match and the semifinal if India gets there as well.
Smriti Mandhana backs Harmanpreet Kaur
Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana, Team India vice-captain attended the press conference and she also opined on every aspect, especially Harmanpreet Kaur. She also opened up on the game as well as the series.
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During her press conference, valiantly noted, “We would love to play a Super Over and I don’t think there was a question which was asked about Super Over to us. It was all decided. But we would’ve loved to play a Super Over. But yeah, I think, the kind of game that happened, I’m sure that it’s good for women’s cricket going forward.”
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The game was an emotional roller coaster, swinging back and forth and enthralling everyone till the very end. However, the lack of a one-over tiebreaker sparked debate and left the players discontented.
Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana also stated, “I think it’s just when you play for India, you want to win the match and it happens in the heat of the moment. But I think she wasn’t really happy with the decision given. And she felt that she wasn’t out. So that came about. But yeah, I just feel that it’s just the heat of the moment and nothing much.”