Brisbane batsman Joe Burns is $6,000 lighter in the pocket after he was fined by Cricket Australia for using offensive language in the Heat’s controversial KFC BBL loss to the Hobart Hurricanes this week.
Burns was in the Heat dugout when teammate Alex Ross was ruled out obstructing the field in the 17th over of Brisbane’s run chase at the Gabba.
The 28-year-old was reported for using “language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during a match".
Burns denied the offence and pleaded not guilty but match referee Bob Stratford concluded he was guilty.
As it was Burns' second offence in the past 18 months, he was whacked with a $6,000 fine.
In November last year, Burns was charged for breaching the CA Code of Conduct in a JLT Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in Hobart, where he was reported for “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a match”.
He was given a reprimand and fined 20 per cent of his match fee, but that incident just two months ago contributed to the huge fine announced today.
Earlier today, CA High Performance Coach Ryan Harris was given a reprimand and handed a fully suspended fine of $3,000 for tweeting his objection of the Ross dismissal, calling it “shocking” and “embarrassing”.
CA also imposed slow-over rate fines on two clubs - the Hurricanes and the Perth Scorchers - with each member of the respective playing XIs fined $1000. That amount is halved if the clubs accept the penalty.
Perth Scorchers skipper Adam Voges will miss his side’s next match in the KFC BBL after he was today suspended for committing a second slow over-rate offence this season.
The Scorchers, under Voges’s leadership, were found to be one over short against Sydney Thunder last night and against Brisbane Heat on January 5.
While Hobart Hurricanes captain George Bailey received his first over-rate offence of the summer after his side was deemed to be five minutes and 25 seconds behind their allotted time in the match against the Heat on Wednesday.
Five teams – Perth twice, Stars, Thunder, Sixers and Hurricanes – have been fined for maintaining slow over rates this season.