Sydney Sixers appeared before Cricket Australia’s Senior Ethics Commissioner Alan Sullivan.© Twitter
The Sydney Sixers appeared before Cricket Australia Senior Ethics Commissioner Alan Sullivan on Sunday after he self-reported an administrative error in Saturday’s Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) game against the Melbourne Renegades. After considering the submissions of both parties, Sullivan decided to impose a sanction of a fine of AUD 25,000, of which AUD 15,000 was suspended for 12 months. “Cricket Australia places great importance on the integrity of all competitions, including compliance with player contract rules and regulations. This breach by the Sydney Sixers, while serious in nature, has had a reduced impact because of the club’s actions during the latest Game of the Night. As such, we support Alan Sullivan QC’s findings, including the $ 15,000 suspension of the $ 25,000 fine imposed. ” , said Sean Carroll, CA Integrity and Security Officer, in an official CA statement.
The issue concerned Hayley Silver-Holmes, who was returning from injury, and the fact that her papers were not filed before the start of the match, rendering her ineligible for selection in the match.
Realizing the mistake, the Sydney Sixers informed WBBL officials and removed Silver-Holmes from the game. Silver-Holmes did not hit or take the field for the Renegades chase.
Upon hearing the case, Sullivan acknowledged the seriousness of the offense, but he also noted the fact that the Sixers had come out on their own and acted quickly to remove Silver-Holmes from the game after realizing the mistake.
The maximum penalty of AUD 50,000 and / or other penalties were not considered appropriate given the nature of the offense and the fact that the Sixers lost the match and had a negative impact on their rate of sharp points.
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