Following an investigation by Cricket Australia into an offence under the Anti-Corruption Code, Hobart Hurricanes wicket keeper Emily Smith has today received a one year ban from all forms of cricket, with nine months of this period being suspended for two years. This results in an effective three month suspension until 11 February 2020.
Smith has been found in breach of Article 2.3.2 of the Anti-Corruption Code relating to the misuse of inside information. Smith posted to her personal social media a video taken from within the restricted Player and Match Official (PMOA) area of West Park in Burnie on Saturday 2 November 2019 that contained details of the upcoming match against Sydney Thunder.
While her actions came on a day where the match was ultimately abandoned due to bad weather, Cricket Tasmania acknowledges the seriousness of this breach and the suspension handed down by Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity.
Cricket Tasmania is reviewing its processes for players and support staff entering the PMOA areas to ensure no such breach is able to happen at future matches.
Cricket Tasmania considers the well-being of its staff and players with the highest priority, and along with the Australian Cricketers Association is providing Emily with support through this process.
Under a special exemption, Tasmanian Tigers wicketkeeper Emma Mannix-Geeves is being brought into the Hobart Hurricanes WBBL squad for the remainder of the season.
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