A ban of one-year has been imposed on Emily Smith, a Hobart player by Cricket Australia, with the suspension of nine months. The reason behind the ban is the posting of Hurricanes’ WBBL team line-up on the social media site before its official release.
It was stated by Cricket Australia that Smith had accepted the sanction for breaching Article 2.3.2 of the anti-corruption code. The renowned wicketkeeper-batter will be no longer be eligible to play any form of cricket for at least 3 months. She will hence be ruled out of the rest of this season’s WNCL and WBBL competitions.
On her personal account on Instagram, the 24-years old player, posted the team on 2nd November nearly one hour prior to the official scheduled release. Due to the weather, The WBBL match in Burnie against the Sydney Thunder was abandoned.
According to the article 2.3.2 of the code, it is prohibited to disclose any inside information to any person whether with or without reward where the participants were aware or might reasonably have an idea that such disclosure may result in the information being used in relation to betting in relation to any match or event.
Sean Carroll, CA head of integrity and security passed a statement that said that Cricket Australia acknowledged that, at the time of posting the team line-up, there wasn’t any intention of breaching the code. However, CA’s strict anti-corruption player education program implies that players are well aware of their commitments under the anti-corruption code and there is no excuse for breaches irrespective of the reasons for information being disclosed.
Since the beginning of the WBBL, Cricket Australia has had in place a strong anti-corruption program. They have been working with Emily throughout the process and Emily has understood the blunder she has made.