WBBL Player Cops Three Month Ban For Posting Team Line-Up
Cricket Australia has imposed a one-year ban on Hobart player Emily Smith, with nine months suspended, for posting the Hurricanes' WBBL team line-up on Instagram before its official release.
Cricket Australia said Smith had accepted the sanction for breaching its anti-corruption code, in a statement on Monday afternoon.
The Victoria-born wicketkeeper-batter will be ineligible to play any form of cricket for at least three months.
In the statement, Cricket Australia said Smith had been suspended for a period of one year, with nine months of that fully suspended.
"This effectively means that Smith is ineligible for a period of three months, ruling her out of the remainder of this season’s WBBL and WNCL competitions," the statement said.
The 24-year-old Smith posted the team on her personal Instagram account about an hour before the official scheduled release on November 2.
The WBBL match against the Sydney Thunder in Burnie was abandoned due to weather.
Article 2.3.2 of the code prohibits: "Disclosing inside information to any person (with or without reward) where the participant knew or might reasonably have known that such disclosure might lead to the information being used in relation to betting in relation to any match or event".
The Code states each potential offence is considered on its "own set of facts and the particular circumstances surrounding the relevant disclosure".
Sean Carroll, CA's Head Integirty, said Cricket Australia acknowledged that Smith had not intended to breach the Anti-Corruption Code by posting the line-up.
"CA's rigorous anti-corruption player education program means that players are well aware of their obligations under the anti-corruption code and there is no excuse for breaches regardless of the reasons for information being disclosed," he said.
"Since the commencement of the WBBL, Cricket Australia has had in place a robust anti-corruption program.
"We have been working with Emily throughout the process and Emily now understands the mistake she made. Unfortunately, in this instance, Emily's actions breached the anti-corruption code.
"We hope this serves as reminder to all that the anti-corruption code is critical to protecting the integrity of the game."
Smith has played 43 WBBL matches.