Disciplinary action will be taken against Harman Preet for his actions. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an official statement on the sentencing of Harmanpreet Kaur, captain of the Indian cricket team. Due to her inappropriate behaviour during the final one-day international match against Bangladesh on July 22nd at Mirpur, Kaur will face a two-match suspension. The severity of the punishment was clearly established in advance.
Harmanpreet committed both level one and level two offences during the series-deciding game. She violated section 2.8 of the Code of Conduct, which resulted in a class two felony. This violation pertained to expressing dissatisfaction with the umpire’s decision. After being run out by umpire Tanveer Ahmed in the 34th over, the Indian captain could not accept the decision and smashed the stumps with her bat. As a result, Harmanpreet was fined fifty per cent of her match fee and given three demerit points. These offences carry a fine of 50 to 100 per cent of the match fee and three or four demerit points.
Harmanpreet also breached Section 2.7 in the Mirpur match, which is a level-one offence. This section says, ‘Criticizing publicly any incident related to an international match.’ He criticized the umpires at the prize distribution ceremony after the match. He received a fine of 25% of the match fee and one demerit point for this crime.
Based on the regulations, if a participant accumulates four or more demerit points within a span of 24 months, they will be given ban points. Specifically, four demerit points equate to two debarment points. Two ban points will lead to a suspension from one Test, two ODIs, or two T20Is – whichever comes first. As a result, Harmanpreet will not be able to join India’s initial two matches at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, scheduled to start in September of next year.
Harmanpreet accepted the punishment given by the match referee Akhtar Ahmed. Therefore, there was no need for a formal hearing.
Meanwhile, Harmanpreet’s behaviour upset the cricket world. Some of India’s former World Cup-winning cricketers wanted severe punishment for Harmanpreet. Former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi criticized Harmanpreet. Harmanpreet’s behaviour on social media is being termed as the worst ever in women’s cricket.