Big Bash League franchise, Brisbane Heat, and its duo of Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence have been reprimanded for breaching the CA’s Code of Conduct following the completion of an investigation regarding the duo breaching the bio-bubble norms, Cricket Australia confirmed on Tuesday.
Both Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence have been charged for breaching four different codes of CA’s Code of Conduct and have been fined $10,000 each (with $4000 suspended) while Brisbane Heat has been fined $50000 ($20000 suspended).
Chris Lynn had apologized for his and Dan Lawrence’s indiscretion on Saturday which led to a full-fledged investigation by Cricket Australia, forcing the duo to isolate themselves from the rest of their teammates during Monday’s encounter against Sydney Thunder.
Chris Lynn had admitted to taking a photo with a member of the public at a venue and catching a taxi after being “lulled into a false sense of security”
Cricket Australia’s head of security Sean Carroll has said that while the duo’s actions were “medically…lower risk”, they could still have compromised the sanctity of the bio-bubble.
“While Australia’s current COVID-19 infection rate remains low, we must ensure that appropriate measures are taken to reduce the possibility of any player, staff member or official being connected to a declared hot spot. State/Territory Governments enforced isolation and restrictions for crossing borders for declared hot spots may impact the individuals involved, the team and potentially jeopardise the BBL season,” he said.
“Medically, this particular breach was lower risk, but actions of this kind have the potential to compromise the integrity of and confidence in our bio-security protocols. We’d like to thank Queensland Cricket, the Brisbane Heat, the ACA and both players for their cooperation throughout this investigation.” he added.
Meanwhile, Chris Lynn has expressed his regret for his mistake besides thanking CA for allowing him to compete against the Thunder.
“I would like to say sorry to my teammates, the club and the Heat fans for being careless and not observing the protocols that were put in place to ensure the continuity of the competition. Having a photo with a fan at a licensed venue and travelling in taxi seem pretty low risk but they were identified in our briefings as examples of things you couldn’t do,” Chris Lynn was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“I was probably lulled into a false sense of security that because everything has been improving around the country we were getting closer to normal behaviour. But the rules, including avoiding close contact, are there to protect the BBL competition and all the players and teams and I do apologise sincerely to everyone for jeopardising that.” he added.