Cricket Australia (CA) has banned Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper Emily Smith after she breached their stringent anti-corruption policy with a social media post. As a result, she will take no part in the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and the subsequent Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) for her side Hobart Hurricanes.
Smith accepted the sanction for breaching Article 2.3.2 of the anti-corruption code and is ineligible to participate in any form of cricket for one year, with nine months of those suspended. Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security Sean Carroll said while Emily Smith did not intend to breach the code, players were well aware of their obligations beforehand.
The wicket-keeper shared a video to her personal Instagram account taken from within the restricted Player and Match Official Area (PMOA) of West Park in Burnie on November 2. It included the playing XI of Hobart Hurricanes for their match against Sydney Thunder. Emily Smith posted the video about an hour before the scheduled start of play, a statement from CA confirmed. However, the match was washed out without a ball bowled and no coin toss was possible.
The 24-year-old Eily Smith returned to the Hobart Hurricanes for WBBL 2019-20 after two seasons playing with the Perth Scorchers. Sean Carroll further added that they are constantly in touch with the cricketer and she now understands the mistakes committed by her; although, it was not intentional. She also believes this will work as a reminder to the other players about the anti-corruption code.
“We have been working with Emily throughout the process and Emily now understands the mistake she made. Unfortunately, in this instance, Emily’s actions breached the Anti-Corruption Code. We hope this serves as reminder to all that the Anti-Corruption Code is critical to protecting the integrity of the game,” she said.