Sydney Sixers appeared before Cricket Australia’s Senior Conduct Commissioner Alan Sullivan.© Twitter
Sydney Sixers appeared on Sunday before Cricket Australia’s Senior Conduct Commissioner Alan Sullivan after reporting himself a clerical error during Saturday’s Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) match against the Melbourne Renegades. After considering the comments of both parties, Sullivan decided to impose a fine of AUD 25,000, of which AUD 15,000 has been suspended for 12 months. Cricket Australia places a significant emphasis on the integrity of all competitions, including compliance with the rules and regulations of player contracts. This violation by the Sydney Sixers, while serious in nature, had been diminished by the Club’s actions during the past As such, we support the findings of Alan Sullivan QC, including the suspension of $ 15,000 from the $ 25,000 fine imposed, ”said Sean Carroll, CA’s Head of Integrity and Security, in an official CA release.
The issue involved Hayley Silver-Holmes, who was returning from an injury, and the fact that her paperwork had not been submitted before the match started, which made her ineligible for selection in the match.
Realizing the error, the Sydney Sixers notified WBBL officials and removed Silver-Holmes from the game. Silver-Holmes didn’t hit and didn’t take the field for the Renegades’ run chase.
On hearing of the case, Sullivan acknowledged the seriousness of the violation, but he also noted that the Sixers had self-reported and quickly moved to remove Silver-Holmes from the match after realizing the error.
The maximum fine of AUD 50,000 and / or further penalties were considered inappropriate given the nature of the violation and the fact that Sixers lost the match and negatively impacted their net run rate.
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