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Smith banned by Cricket Australia for season for Instagram post

Australian wicket-keeper Emily Smith on Monday was handed a one-year ban under cricket’s anti-corruption code for posting her team line-up on Instagram an hour before its official release.

Nine months of the strict penalty was suspended, meaning the Hobart Hurricanes player effectively cannot pad-up for three months, ruling her out of the rest of the season.

The 24-year-old was found guilty of putting the team line-up on her personal social media account before its scheduled release for their clash against Sydney Thunder on November 2.

Smith posted 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, that included details on the Hurricanes’ line-up for their match against Sydney Thunder.

Despite the game being washed out, she was still punished.

Team line-up information can be used by individuals betting on games, including ‘fantasy’ competitions with cash prizes.

The video was posted about an hour before the scheduled start of play, a statement from CA confirmed. The match was washed out without a ball bowled and no coin toss was possible.

Smith returned to the Hurricanes for WBBL|05 after two seasons playing with the Perth Scorchers.

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.

The three remaining months will see her ruled out of the remainder of the Rebel WBBL season, while she will also be unable to play in the 50-over Women’s National Cricket League.

Smith, who has played 43 WBBL games, is not the first Australian women’s cricketer to be banned under the anti-corruption code. In 2016 Hayley Jensen and Corinne Hall received sanctions of two years down to six months for betting on matches.

Article 2.3.2 of Cricket Australia’s Anti-Corruption Code prohibits: “Disclosing Inside Information to any person (with or without Reward) where the Participant knew or might reasonably have known that such disclosure might lead to the information being used in relation to Betting in relation to any Match or Event.”

The governing body’s head of integrity Sean Carroll acknowledged Smith had no intent to do wrong.

“CA’s rigorous anti-corruption player education program means that players are well aware of their obligations under the Anti-Corruption Code and there is no excuse for breaches regardless of the reasons for information being disclosed,” Carroll said.

“Since the commencement of the WBBL, Cricket Australia has had in place a robust anti-corruption program.

“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.”

Cricket Tasmania said it was reviewing its processes for players and support staff entering the PMOA areas to ensure no such breaches at future matches.

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