Harmanpreet Kaur Banned for Two Matches: What Does It Mean for India Women’s Cricket Team?

Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of India Women’s Cricket Team, has been suspended for two international matches after she breached two separate International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct against the match official in the 3rd and last One Day International (ODI) against Bangladesh Women at Sher-e-Bangla stadium on July 22.

Harmanpreet Kaur was found guilty of violating Article 2.8 of the Code of Conduct for ICC Athletes and Athlete Support Staff regarding “testimony dissenting against a referee’s decision” and Article 2.13 related to “public criticism of events at an international match” for openly criticizing a match referee during her awards ceremony.

She was fined 50% of the match fee for a level 2 offense and received three deductions in her disciplinary history. She was also fined 25% of the match fee for a level 1 offense and received one deduction in her disciplinary history.

As a result, she accumulated four demerit points, which converted to two suspension points. As two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player or player support personnel, Kaur stands suspended from India’s forthcoming matches.

The incidents that led to Harmanpreet Kaur’s suspension The first incident occurred in the 34th over of India’s innings when Kaur expressed frustration after being found caught by slip-off spinner Nahida Akhter and sent off for hitting a wicket with her bat.

The second incident occurred during the post-match presentation ceremony when Kaur openly criticized the umpiring and called it “pathetic”.

Kaur admitted the offense and agreed to the sanctions proposed by Akhtar Ahmed of the Emirates ICC International Match Refereeing Committee. As a result, no formal hearing was required and penalties were implemented in a timely manner.

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The impact of Harmanpreet Kaur’s suspension on India Women’s Cricket Team Harmanpreet Kaur’s suspension is a big blow for India Women’s Cricket Team, as she is one of their most experienced and influential players. She is the captain of the team in all three formats and has played 115 ODIs, 116 T20Is and 2 Tests for India. She has scored 2657 runs in ODIs, 2439 runs in T20Is and 167 runs in Tests. She also has 29 wickets in ODIs, 29 wickets in T20Is and 4 wickets in Tests.

Kaur is known for her aggressive batting style and leadership skills. She has led India to many memorable victories, including the semi-final win over Australia in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018, where she scored a stunning 171 not out off 115 balls.

Kaur will miss India’s next two international matches, which are likely to be against Australia Women in August-September 2023. India are scheduled to play three ODIs and three T20Is against Australia Women as part of the ICC Women’s Championship Series and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Series.

India are currently ranked second in the ICC Women’s Championship Series with 23 points from 18 matches. They have already qualified for the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup 2023, which will be held in New Zealand from February to March 2023.

India are also ranked second in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Series with 16 points from 10 matches. They have already qualified for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023, which will be held in South Africa from February to March 2023.

India will have to find a suitable replacement for Kaur as the captain and as a key batter in both formats. The likely candidates are Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma.

Mithali Raj is the most experienced player in the team with 217 ODIs, 92 T20Is and 10 Tests under her belt. She has scored 7304 runs in ODIs, 2364 runs in T20Is and 663 runs in Tests. She also has eight wickets in ODIs, one wicket in T20Is and five wickets in Tests.

Raj was the captain of India Women’s Cricket Team before Kaur took over in all three formats. She led India to two ICC Women’s ODI World Cup finals in 2005 and 2017. She is also the highest run-scorer in women’s ODI history and the only woman to score more than 7000 runs in ODIs.

Smriti Mandhana is the vice-captain of India Women’s Cricket Team in both ODIs and T20Is. She has played 59 ODIs, 83 T20Is and 2 Tests for India. She has scored 2160 runs in ODIs, 1782 runs in T20Is and 81 runs in Tests.

Mandhana is one of the most explosive openers in women’s cricket. She has a strike rate of 81.25 in ODIs and 119.04 in T20Is. She also has four centuries and 18 half-centuries in ODIs and one century and 12 half-centuries in T20Is.

Jemimah Rodrigues is one of the youngest and most talented players in the team. She has played 51 ODIs, 54 T20Is and 1 Test for India. She has scored 1236 runs in ODIs, 1009 runs in T20Is and 34 runs in Tests.

Rodrigues is a versatile batter who can bat at any position. She has a strike rate of 67.97 in ODIs and 113.69 in T20Is. She also has two centuries and seven half-centuries in ODIs and eight half-centuries in T20Is.

Deepti Sharma is an all-rounder who can contribute with both bat and ball. She has played 62 ODIs, 54 T20Is and 1 Test for India. She has scored 1465 runs in ODIs, 423 runs in T20Is and 216 runs in Tests. She also has 64 wickets in ODIs, 53 wickets in T20Is and three wickets in Tests.

Sharma is a reliable middle-order batter and a crafty off-spinner. She has a strike rate of 60.79 in ODIs and 86.48 in T20Is. She also has one century and nine half-centuries in ODIs and one half-century in T20Is.

The final decision on who will replace Kaur as the captain and as a batter will be taken by the selectors and the team management after considering various factors such as form, fitness, experience, leadership skills, etc.

The way forward for Harmanpreet Kaur Harmanpreet Kaur will have to accept her suspension as a learning experience and move on from it. She will have to work on her temperament and discipline as a captain and as a player. She will also have to support her team from the sidelines and motivate them to perform well without her.

Kaur will have to use this time to recover from any injuries or niggles that she might have. She will also have to work on her fitness and skills to come back stronger and better than before.

Kaur will have to prove herself again as a leader and as a performer when she returns from her suspension. She will have to lead by example and inspire her team to achieve greater heights.

Kaur is still one of the best players in the world and has a lot to offer to Indian women’s cricket. She has the potential to become one of the legends of the game if she can overcome this setback and bounce back with more determination and passion.

We hope this blog post has helped you understand what Harmanpreet Kaur’s suspension means for India Women’s Cricket Team and how they can cope with it. If you have any queries or feedback, please feel free to comment below. We wish Harmanpreet Kaur a speedy recovery and all the best for her future endeavors!