Hobart Hurricanes player Emily Smith will miss the rest of the season after accepting a Cricket Australia anti-corruption suspension for posting her team’s line-up on her personal Instagram account around an hour before a Women’s Big Bash League match against Sydney Thunder on November 2.
Smith has been handed a 12-month ban, of which nine months have been suspended, for breaching Article 2.3.2 of CA’s anti-corruption code, which prohibits the disclosure of inside information.
CA integrity chief Sean Carroll said the governing body was taking a hard line when it came to corruption.
“Whilst Cricket Australia acknowledges that at the time of posting the team line-up there was no intent to breach the anti-corruption code, 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,” Carroll 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.”