Andrew Jones, the Cricket NSW CEO, has been sanctioned in relation to a tweet he sent out following the JLT One-Day Cup match between New South Wales and Victoria on October 15. The proposed sanction - a reprimand and fine of AU $3,000 - is fully suspended, subject to Jones not being found guilty of any further breach of Cricket Australia's Code of Conduct for the next two years.
The match was abandoned due to the pitch at the North Sydney Oval being deemed unsafe, when Victoria were 108 for 4 in 26 overs while chasing 145. By virtue of being 35 runs ahead of the DLS par score, Victoria were awarded the win and a bonus point that took them into the tournament playoffs.
Jones took exception to the decision to award Victoria the win, in a series of tweets. "It should be a No Result," one of them read. "Conditions didn't change all game so if it was dangerous for one side it was dangerous for the other."
He followed that up with: " So pitch was safe when @CricketNSWBlues batted? Makes no sense. All officials involved should be fired immediately."
Jones was reported for breaching article level 2.2.3 - Public or media comment that is detrimental to the interests of cricket, irrespective of when or where such comment is made - of the CA code of conduct. He has admitted to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, with no hearing required.