May 30, 2002

Adam Gilchrist reprimanded by ACB Code of Behaviour Commission

Deputy Senior Commissioner of the Australian Cricket Board's (ACB) Code of Behaviour, Mr Alan Sullivan QC, tonight found Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist guilty of breaching Rule 10 of Section 1 of the ACB Code of Behaviour.

Gilchrist was formally reprimanded for comments made about Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action, made at an Australian Rules football club luncheon last Sunday 26 May.

Rule 10 of Section 1 in the ACB Code of Behaviour states:

Detrimental public comment

Players and officials must not make any public or media comment which is detrimental to the interests of the game or to a tour or series of matches in which they are or are likely to be involved.

During the two-hour conference-call between Melbourne and Sydney, Mr Sullivan heard evidence about the effect of the comments.

ACB Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said that although the process of disciplining one of the Board's own players was unpleasant, the Code of Behaviour played an important role in protecting the integrity of the game.

"The Deputy Senior Commissioner found that Adam's comments were made innocently and in good faith, but were also detrimental to the interests of the game," Mr Sutherland said.

"He also took into account Adam's exemplary behavioural record.

"As administrators we do not enjoy taking action against our own players, particularly those of Adam's upstanding nature.

"The ACB recognises Adam's outstanding contribution to the image and success of Australian cricket through his conduct, both on and off the field.

"However the Code of Behaviour is in place for a very important reason. Its fundamental purpose is to protect the integrity and credibility of the game of cricket, in this case, particularly in the context of the ACB's relationship with other countries," he said.

Mr Sutherland laid the charge on Monday evening, recommending that Gilchrist's case be heard before the ACB Code of Behaviour Commission.