Former Australian cricketer, Ryan Harris’ Twitter rant about the controversial obstructing the field out of Brisbane Heat batsman Alex Ross has seen him earned a $3,000 suspended fine by Cricket Australia (CA).
Harris, a CA High-Performance coach, broke CA’s Code of Conduct for calling the Ross decision “embarrassing” and “shocking” on Twitter. Harris agreed to receive the proposed sanction of a reprimand and a fully suspended $3,000 fine, which will not get enforced if Harris is not found guilty of another breach in the next two years.
Ross became the first player in BBL history given out obstructing the field when he was deemed by the third umpire to have changed his line into the path of a throw in the 17th over. Later, Ross cleared his intentions that he was trying to avoid getting hit.
However, this is not the first time Harris has broken the rules while tweeting. After Australia wrapped up the Ashes in Perth four years ago, Harris was denied entry into Perth’s Crown Casino, and he let his feelings known on social media. Later, he apologized for the same.
Cricket NSW chief executive Andrew Jones suffered the same fate as Harris for his comments on the controversial end to a JLT One-Day Cup match between the NSW Blues and Victoria Bushrangers at North Sydney Oval, last year.
When Jones was fined, CA stated,
“Every player and any player support personnel are required to adhere to Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct.
“This includes any person employed by, contracted to, representing or otherwise affiliated to CA or any State or Territory Association or BBL/WBBL Team.”
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