Sydney Sixers breached Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) regulations by listing a player on the team sheet despite not being part of its official squad. For which Cricket Australia has fined them USD 25,000.
In Saturday’s game against Melbourne Renegades, Sixers had named fast bowler Hayley Silver-Holmes in their match. She had recently recovered from a foot injury, but the Big Bash Technical Committee had not yet approved her return.
As per rule, Without the approval, Silver-Holmes was technically ineligible for selection. Although Sixers self-reported their error, Cricket Australia didn’t forgive their mistake and slapped a hefty fine, of which 15000 got suspended for a period of 12 months. They stated the breach of Sydney Sixers was serious in nature.
Sydney Sixers breach the regulation:
“Cricket Australia places a significant emphasis on the integrity of all competitions, including the compliance with its player contracting rules and regulations.
“This breach by the Sydney Sixers, while serious in nature, had a reduced impact due to the club’s actions during last night’s game. As such, we support the findings of Alan Sullivan QC, including the suspension of USD 15,000 of the USD 25,000 fine imposed,” it said.
Alistair Dobson praises the Sydney Sixers for their immediate action:
CA had earlier investigated the “administration error” committed by the Sixers. Alistair Dobson, who is Cricket Australia’s head of Big Bash Leagues, praised the Sixers for identifying and rectifying the error with immediate effect.
“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 Sydneyself-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,” it added.
Eventually, the Melbourne Renegades beat Sixers by six wickets.