Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars, BBL semi-final, Perth January 16, 2013

Warne charged for breach of Code

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shane Warne has been reported for breaching Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour during the semi-final of the Big Bash League between Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers. The charge was laid because James Faulkner was named the Stars' official captain even though Warne was part of the team during their last-ball defeat at the WACA.

Warne was alleged to have breached Rule 5: Laws of Cricket and Spirit of the Game, after a memo had been sent to all the teams on December 5. Under the heading "Over Rates", the memo stated, "If a team's official captain is selected but not named as captain, this will be considered against the Spirit of Cricket and may attract a Code of Behaviour charge."

In the semi-final, Faulkner was listed as the Stars' captain on the team sheet and went out to toss. Warne, the Stars' official captain, had previously been warned for a slow over-rate violation. A second offence in the semi-final would have led to Warne being suspended for the final.

The time and date of the hearing is yet to be determined.