Right-arm fast-medium Will Sutherland has been sanctioned with a $5000 fine for breaching the bio-bubble created for the Big Bash League. The 17-year-old bowler was found playing golf and dined with people who were not part of the bio-bubble. He was booked under Cricket Australia’s code of conduct in Melbourne after the incident.
Cricket Australia had earlier promised zero tolerance for any instances where the players were seen to be breaching the bio-bubble.
A statement released by BBL said, “Sutherland was found to have played golf and had a meal with people outside the KFC Big Bash League’s bio-secure hub during the tournament. Sutherland accepted the charge but challenged the proposed sanction of a $10,000 fine with $4000 suspended at a Code of Conduct hearing before Commissioner Adrian Anderson. The sanction was subsequently downgraded to a $5,000 fine.”
Will is the son of Cricket Australia’s former Chief Executive Officer, James Sutherland. Melbourne Renegades bought the 17-year-older as a rookie in the BBL 2017-18 and he became a regular for them in the last season. Will featured in six games for Renegades this, taking four wickets in these six appearances.
Sutherland is anticipated to be an asset for Australia in the future. Recently, he was rewarded with the prestigious Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year Award for his performances in the 2019-20 Sheffield Shield season.
Sutherland is not the first cricketer to breach BBL’s bio-bubble. Earlier in December, Brisbane Heat’s Chris Lynn and Daniel Lawrence were investigated by CA for a breach of protocol. Later, the Heat duo was sanctioned with the same fines.