The Cricket Australia has continued with its zero tolerance policy on gambling as now in the latest news the Board has banned three players for breaching the conduct. Joel Logan, Hayley Jensen, and Corinne Hall are the three players who have been convicted of the charge.
Hayley Jensen, the New Zealand women cricketer, and Corrine Hall had 18 months of their punishment suspended whereas the cricket Australia showed mercy on the former U19 cricketer Hayley Jensen and suspended his full two years ban. The ban of 6 months on women cricketers means both will miss the early part of Women’s National Cricket League season.
According to cricket Australia Hayley Jensen has admitted placing a bet on the first Test between Australia and New Zealand which was played in November last year in Australia. Corrine Hall admitted placing two bets in One Day domestic competition last year. Joel Logan too accepted his fault and revealed that he placed two bets on T20 World Cup matches which were played in India in the month of March-April.
“We take a proactive, zero-tolerance approach to maintaining the integrity of our sport and this includes any form of betting on cricket globally,”
“Players in Australia are required to complete an anti-corruption education session before they can compete in any competition, including all players in our Underage National Championships.
“We continually remind players that betting on any form of cricket is strictly prohibited and this is written into our Anti-Corruption Code.
“These players have accepted the seriousness of their errors and have voluntarily accepted their sanctions. This serves as a timely reminder to all players in Cricket that the integrity of our game is a high priority and we won’t accept this being compromised.” Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity Iain Roy said.
Betting and fixing are two words which tarnish the image of cricket and cricket Australia has set an example for others by taking an action against the convicted players. Cricket Australia faced the same problem last year and at that time too they banned the convicted players to keep the image of cricket clean.