On November 22, Cricket Australia fined Women’s Big Bash League’s franchise Sydney Sixers for breaching tournament’s laws by listing a player outside of the official squad. The instance came to light during the Sixers’ game against Melbourne Renegades last Saturday.
Syndey Sixers led by Ellyse Perry named, Australian Under-19 bowler, Hayley Silver-Holmes in their playing eleven. Silver-Holmes recently recovered from a foot injury. Perry and Sixers’ team management played her as soon as she recovered from the injury without getting approval from the league’s Technical Committee.
In the Sixers-Renegades game, the former batted first to post a score of 166 for 4, which meant Silver-Homes did not bat. Without the Committee’s approval, Silver-Holmes was technically ineligible for selection. The Sydney Sixers discovered the error before the second innings and self-reported the issue.
Big Bash considered this inclusion of player against the league’s laws, so Sixers were handed a heavy fine of $25,000 ($15,000 of the fine was suspended for 12 months). Since the instance was self-reported by the Syndey Sixers franchise, Cricket Australia eased downed the fine.
CA’s Head of Integrity and Security, Sean Carroll said, “The breach by the Sydney Sixers, while serious in nature, had a reduced impact due to the club’s actions during last night’s game. As such, we support the findings, including the suspension of $15,000 of the $25,000 fine imposed.”
Cricket Australia labelled this breach of law by Sixers as Administrative Error. Sydney Sixers took whole responsibility of committing this error. Sixers submitted all the paperwork of Hayley Silver-Holmes, shortly after the Sixers-Renegades game. Silver-Holmes eventually did not step into the field during the game against Melbourne Renegades.