Kaur was reprimanded for destroying wickets after his dismissal and for calling the umpiring ‘pathetic’ in the match against Bangladesh.
India women’s cricket captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been banned for two matches by the game’s highest body for her on-field behavior and talking to the umpires in the recent match against Bangladesh.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) also fined Kaur 75 percent of her match fee, it announced in a statement on Tuesday.
The incident took place in the third match of the ICC Women’s Championship series against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Saturday.
In the first incident, Kaur expressed frustration after being caught by slip off spinner Nahida Akhtar in the 34th over of India’s innings after hitting the wicket with her bat. The all-rounder later called the umpiring “pathetic”.
Harmanpreet Kaur has been reprimanded for the third time for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct. #BanVind ODI 😯https://t.co/3AYoTq1hV3
— ICC (@ICC) July 25, 2023
Kaur was reprimanded for her behavior in the post-match presentation ceremony when she publicly criticized the umpiring in the match.
He was heard asking his Bangladeshi counterpart Nigar Sultana to invite the umpires on stage, forcing the Bangladeshi players to walk out of a joint photo session.
The ICC said Kaur admitted to “dissenting the umpire’s decision” and “public criticism of an incident that occurred in an international match” and accepted his punishment.
Kaur is one of the biggest stars of the women’s game in India, which launched the women’s equivalent of the lucrative Indian Premier League earlier this year.
‘set a bad example’
The 34-year-old is seen as an offensive leader and reliable batsman and led Mumbai Indians to victory in the inaugural edition of the T20 tournament.
“I have been watching cricket for a long time, but have never seen anyone behave like this,” wrote former women’s captain Diana Edulji in her column in the Indian Express on Tuesday.
“He sets a bad example for his teammates,” Edulji said.
“It was unfortunate that Harmanpreet called the umpires to pose with the Bangladesh team, suggesting that they were part of the team and were playing for them.”
Indian men’s World Cup winner Madan Lal also criticized Kaur.
“Harmanpreet’s behavior against Bangladesh Women’s team was pathetic,” Lal tweeted.
“He’s not bigger than the game. He got a bad name for Indian cricket.
India’s own cricket authority “should take very strict disciplinary action”, he added.
Harmanpreet’s behavior against the Bangladesh Women’s team was pitiful. He is no bigger than the game. He got a bad name for Indian cricket. BCCI should take strict disciplinary action.
— Madan Lal (@madanlal1983) July 23, 2023