Cricket Australia, Australian Cricketers’ Association won’t meet

The Australian Cricketers’ Association has cancelled a meeting with Cricket Australia after the governing body refused to entertain reducing the suspension of Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper Emily Smith.

The union’s top brass had been due to meet CA chairman Earl Eddings and members of the CA executive in Melbourne on Friday to discuss the 12-month suspension – of which nine months were suspended – handed down to Smith for posting a Hurricanes team list on Instagram ahead of a Women’s Big Bash League match this season, which was a breach of CA’s anti-corruption rules.

Emily Smith, left, in action for Hobart. Her suspension has divided the cricket community. Credit:Getty Images

However in a letter sent to ACA members on Wednesday night, which has been seen by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, player union president Shane Watson said CA had informed the ACA that there would be no change to Smith’s penalty, which has left her ineligible for the back end of the WBBL and Women’s National Cricket League seasons.

“When the ACA board made its decision late last month to ask Cricket Australia to review the Emily Smith sanction for what has been accepted as an innocent joke posted on her closed Instagram account, I promised to keep our membership updated of our progress – particularly given the significant interest in this issue from both past and present players,” Watson wrote.


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