Cricket Australia on Sunday fined the Women’s Big Bash League(WBBL) franchise Sydney Sixers USD 25,000 for breaching tournament regulations. Sydney Sixers fined for erroneously naming a player on the team sheet despite not being part of the primary squad of 15.
WBBL franchise Sydney Sixers fined
The Sydney Sixers had named fast bowler Hayley Silver-Holmes in their playing XI for the match against the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday night. She had recently recovered from a foot injury. But her return had not yet been approved by the WBBL’s technical committee.
Without the approval, Silver-Holmes was technically ineligible for selection. She was named in the XI but didn’t get to bat as the Sixers finished with 166/4 in their 20 overs.
Sixers got to know of the apparent breach of rules only after the game had started. And as a result, Silver-Holmes didn’t step on to the field in the game’s second innings.
This left the Sixers a bowler short as the Renegades overhauled the target in the final over.
The Sixers reported the error. But were still handed the hefty fine, of which USD 15,000 was suspended for 12 months.
Sydney Sixers commits administration error
In a statement released on Sunday, CA’s Head of Integrity and Security Sean Carroll said: “Cricket Australia places a significant emphasis on the integrity of all competitions, including the compliance with its player contracting rules and regulations.
Cricket Australia had earlier investigated the “administration error” committed by the Sixers.
“The WBBL is aware of an administrative error pertaining to player selection in the Sydney Sixers-Melbourne Renegades match on Saturday,” the CA said.
“The Sixers self-reported an issue relating to Hayley Silver-Holmes’ paperwork shortly after the Sixers-Renegades game had commenced.
“Silver-Holmes did not bat nor take the field for the Renegades’ run-chase,’ he added.