Melbourne Stars will be without their star spinner Adam Zampa for their first game of 2021 after the leggie was handed a ban for an obscene on-field remark picked up by a stump mic. In addition to the ban, the Australia star was also fined $2,500 by Cricket Australia for an “audible obscenity”.
Adam Zampa was found guilty of the offence during the Stars’ clash with the Sydney Thunder on Tuesday. It was his second transgression within 12 months which led to the ban. As a result of the ban, the spinner will miss Stars’ clash against Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday. The leg-spinner was heard over the stump mic swearing in frustration at the end of his third over, having already conceded 32 runs.
At the end of the 16th over of the Thunder’s innings, Callum Ferguson cut a short and wide delivery from Adam Zampa to deep cover for a single. The Australia star, who had just seen a teammate’s misfield cost the Star four runs the ball before, seemed frustrated and appeared to utter “f*** me”.
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Last year, Adam Zampa had incurred another ‘Level One’ offence against the Brisbane Heat for “using language, actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter” during last season’s BBL. Thus, the second offence triggered a one-match ban.
In a statement on Thursday, Cricket Australia confirmed Adam Zampa had been suspended for one BBL match. CA said Zampa had accepted the penalty after being found guilty of a Level 1 offence under the organisation’s Code of Conduct. Meanwhile, the Stars are struggling to do well in the ongoing season. Having finished runners-up in the last two seasons, they are currently at the fifth spot after winning just two of their five games.