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September 17, 2012
Steven Cazzulino, the Tasmania opening batsman, has been suspended from the opening round of Sheffield Shield matches for contravening the Tigers' behavioural code.
Cazzulino missed a pre-season training session and was thus considered ineligible for selection for Tasmania's opening match, against New South Wales at Bankstown Oval from September 26.
Andrew Dykes, Tasmania's cricket operations manager, explained that Cazzulino was on his last warning following a similar transgression last summer.
"Unfortunately Steve will not be considered for selection in the first Sheffield Shield match due to him missing a scheduled training session with the Tigers during the pre-season," Dykes said. "Steve was on a final warning following a similar incident during the 2011-12 season and team management had no option but to impose a one match suspension when he again transgressed recently."
Cazzulino has played 10 matches for the Tigers, and made a stolid 68 on the opening day of last season;s Shield final in Brisbane.
The Tigers have also announced a new selection panel for the 2012-13 season, following the model taken up by the Australian team as per the recommendations of the Argus review.
Michael Farrell stays on as Chairman of Selectors, but he will be joined by the head Coach Tim Coyle, the assistant Michael Di Venuto and Tasmanian Tigers' Captain George Bailey. The former Test wicketkeeper Roger Woolley loses his place on the panel.
"It has been decided to alter the make-up of the Tigers Selection Committee and capitalise on the knowledge and experience of the full-time Cricket Tasmania coaching staff," Dykes said. "Roger has served as a State Selector during a successful period for Tasmanian cricket and we thank him for the valuable contribution he has made during his tenure as a selector."
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