Former Test bowler Brett Lee has been charged by Cricket New South Wales for outspoken comments he made about chief executive Dave Gilbert.
In an interview published in a Sydney newspaper on Sunday, Lee suggested Gilbert should have been sacked rather than coach Anthony Stuart, who was given the axe halfway through the last year of his contract.
Lee will face a code of behaviour hearing in front of a Cricket Australia-appointed commissioner at the CNSW offices, with a date yet to be set.
Lee is alleged to have breached Rule 6 and 9 of Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour which states: 'Rule 6: Unbecoming Behaviour and Rule 9: Detrimental Public Comment of the Code of Behaviour regarding comments about Cricket New South Wales and its chief executive Officer David Gilbert.'
Lee was prompted to speak out by NSW's poor showing at state level, the departure of Australia players Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja and the Sydney Thunder's winless start to the Big Bash League campaign.
The Thunder are last on the table without a win from four games.
First Posted 28 December, 2012 10:58AM AEST