Melbourne Renegades all-rounder Will Sutherland has been fined $5,000 after breaching bio-security protocols during the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL).
He was found to meet people outside the bio-secure bubble and playing golf in January following which Cricket Australia (CA) has announced an investigation.
“Melbourne Renegades player Will Sutherland has been sanctioned under the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct following the completion of an investigation into an incident relating to a breach of biosecurity measures in Melbourne on Thursday, January 21,” Cricket Australia was quoted as saying in a statement.
“Sutherland was found to have played golf and had a meal with people outside the KFC Big Bash League’s bio-secure hub during the tournament,” a BBL statement said
Sutherland was issued a notice that he had been charged under Article 2.23 of the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct. He accepted the sanctions.
“Sutherland accepted the charge but challenged the proposed sanction of a $10,000 fine with $4000 suspended at a Code of Conduct hearing before Commissioner Adrian Anderson on Monday, February 1. The sanction was subsequently downgraded to a $5,000 fine,” it added.
“The bio-security protocols have not only kept players, staff, officials and cricket fans safe but have also ensured it has been possible to travel across borders and take the BBL to seven different states and territories by reducing instances of close contact with COVID in the community,” Cricket Australia’s Head of Big Bash League Alistair Dobson said.