In a recent development, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a strong stance against Indian women’s team captain, Harmanpreet Kaur, for her outbursts during the recently concluded One Day International (ODI) series against Bangladesh. BCCI president, Roger Binny, and head of cricket, VVS Laxman, will question Kaur regarding her behavior on the field, which has led to severe criticism and repercussions.
During the third and final ODI against Bangladesh, Kaur’s frustration peaked when she was given out by the on-field umpire. In an unfortunate display of emotion, she reacted by smashing the stumps, an act that has drawn significant attention and condemnation from the cricketing community. Her behavior did not stop there, as she continued her tirade during the post-match presentation, including mocking the Bangladesh players during the trophy ceremony.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) intervened in the matter, imposing a hefty fine on Kaur and suspending her for two matches. Consequently, she will miss India’s first two games at the upcoming Hangzhou Asiad. This suspension has left the Indian team without their captain and raised concerns about the impact on the team’s performance in the crucial initial matches.
Former India captain Diana Edulji has been vocal about Kaur’s actions, calling for the BCCI to reprimand her for setting a bad example as a captain. The incident has not only raised questions about Kaur’s sportsmanship but has also sparked a broader conversation about the responsibilities and conduct expected from team leaders.
In response to the ICC’s actions, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed that the Indian board will not appeal against the two-match suspension. This decision indicates the BCCI’s acknowledgment of the seriousness of the matter and the need to uphold the integrity and discipline of the sport.
The BCCI’s decision to have senior officials question Kaur reflects their commitment to addressing the issue seriously and instilling a sense of accountability within the team. It remains to be seen how Kaur will respond to the inquiry and what steps the BCCI will take to ensure such incidents are not repeated in the future.