The Sydney Morning Herald – Cricket Australia has quietly closed a loophole that could have allowed Big Bash League clubs to change their captains mid-season purely for the sake of avoiding a suspension for slow over rates.

Summary

  • Perth Scorchers captain Adam Voges missed Saturday’s game against the Adelaide Strikers after incurring a second strike for his team having slow over rates.
  • Four other BBL captains, as well as five Women’s Big Bash League skippers, are at risk of being banned for a match after already receiving strikes for slow over rates, which have also led to scores of players being fined in both competitions.
  • In 2013, then Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne was fined $5000 for breaching Cricket Australia’s code of behaviour after the Stars opted to put James Faulkner’s name on their team sheet for a semi-final against Perth, with Warne sitting on one strike.
  • CA had issued a memo to all BBL clubs the previous month stating: “If a team’s official captain is selected but not named as captain this …
  • Under clause 12.7.6 of the playing conditions, “if the player nominated as captain at the start of the season is in the starting 11 but not listed on the official team sheet as the captain …


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