India only managed to level the total of 225 while chasing 226 during the third and final ODI against Bangladesh. The Indian Women’s team skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur expressed her frustration by hitting the wickets with her bat after she was caught at slip off spinner Nahida Akter in the 34th over of India’s innings. She was convinced that the ball never touched her pads. Harmanpreet Kaur was frustrated due to the poor quality of umpiring throughout the series. She seemed angry during the post-match presentation too and let out her feelings while speaking to the presenter.
As a result, ICC fined Kaur 50 percent of her match fee for the Level 2 offence. She received three demerit points on her disciplinary record. Kaur said during the post-match presentation, “The kind of umpiring that was happening we were very surprised. The next time we come to Bangladesh we will make sure we have to deal with this type of umpiring and prepare ourselves accordingly.”
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ICC Suspended Harmanpreet Kaur for the next two International matches
The International Cricket Council found her guilty of breaching article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, relating to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision”.
ICC also fined her 25 percent of the match fee for a Level 1 offence relating to “public criticism in relation to an incident occurring in an international match” for the presentation ceremony. Harmanpreet Kaur openly criticised the umpiring in the match. The Indian captain admitted the offences and agreed to the sanctions proposed by Akhtar Ahmed. As a result, there was no need for a formal hearing, and ICC implemented the penalties promptly.
In Kaur’s instance, the accumulation of four demerit points converted to two suspension points. It led to her suspension from either one Test match or two ODIs or two T20Is. Whichever comes first for the team, Harmanpreet will have to miss those matches.