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

Warne charged for breach of Code

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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.

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  • Troy on January 17, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @ajayrcs - champions league. The top 2 teams qualify, and the prize pool is millions and millions of dollars. @plow - If he was going to do everything possible, then maybe he should have had a bowl? I hear he is a half decent spinner.Then again, its the captains call... @BigMaxyWalker - Its not having an opinion... Its being a chicken. If he is going to lead the team, then he should have put himself down as the captain. Don't imply that by enforcing the rules that CA is being draconian. He tried to use a loophole and he got pulled up on it. I think he is a great entertainer and I'm glad that he is playing and drawing crowds, but he needs to stick to the rules and make his team bowl the overs in time.

  • Ajay on January 17, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    Why is giving so much importance to cub cricket? Its not a countries match where one has to win no matter what.

  • Daniel on January 17, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    The whole captain thing was a farce. If Warne wasn't the official captain, then he should have been told by the umpires to go away when he approched them during the rain break and during the Scorchers innings. Only the captain should be allowed to approch them.

  • Peter on January 17, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    what a load of wish wash.. Warne is a legend. He did the right thing to ensure his team has every chance of winning, thats it, nothing more.

  • Eddie on January 17, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    warne would have been alot better captain than ponting on his best day. Thats why i like warnie, he makes cricket interesting and moves it away from the stiffness that most players have. I tune out when i hear this gentlemans game rubbissh, a player like warne makes it must see entertainment for all people not just cricket fans. I thought cricket australia would understand it and stop fining people for actually having an opinion in a supposed free country

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    What will he try next? There is strategically great captaincy, there is toughness as a captain and then there are captains who try all the underhanded stuff they can use to achieve their ends...Warne is the last type. I thought he would have been a good captain for the Aussies in his time, I'm glad he wasn't because he would have spoiled many great games with his gamesmanship if this is something to judge him by.

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    great cricket match,really a breath taking

  • Adrian on January 16, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    Bit surprised Warne didn't bowl himself. Would have been a lot safer than bowling Keath and Wright.

  • Barry on January 16, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    I've never had much time for Warne as a captain. After observing his methods first hand against the Heat I don't feel compelled to change my mind. Gimmicky field placements, that are changed after every ball, and abuse of the opposition don't make you a great captain. His total inability to manage his bowlers and himself in a timely manner led to the first inning in the game I saw go nearly 20min overtime.

  • ttn on January 16, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    warne copying mahela tactics. mahela did that with precaution and he had no option (the vice captains was also in the same mess). warne should have been left out because he didn't even bowl and made some blunder (alex keath).warne will start losing the respect that took 20 years for him to get if he is behaving like this (samuels incident).

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