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Player suspended for lewd pitch act

18 March 2014

Worrall

SA player banned after pitch scratching

A Futures League player has been suspended after a bizarre incident that was deemed to have breached Cricket Australia’s Code Of Behaviour.

During a match against Victoria on March 14, South Australia player Daniel Worall scratched an image of “a penis and testicles” into a wicket that was being prepared for a Grade cricket final that coming weekend.

Worrall was reported for conduct unbecoming and bringing the game into disrepute.

He was handed a penalty of four suspension points, which is equal to two four-day matches or four one-day or T20 matches.

Worrall pleaded guilty to the charge but disputed the penalty which initiated a formal Code of Behaviour hearing, held this morning.

At the conclusion of the hearing, Match Referee Daryl Cox upheld the original penalty of four suspension points and, as such, Worrall will serve his suspension when the Australian domestic season reconvenes next season.

“We are extremely disappointed in Daniel’s actions; it is not in line with the behaviour we expect of a West End Redbacks player,” said SACA General Manager high performance, Jamie Cox. 

“We do believe this out of character for Daniel; he regrets his behaviour and has accepted the penalty.”

The player has 48 hours from the conclusion of the hearing to lodge an appeal with CA.

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