Cricket Australia (CA) has today announced that the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) has been fined $50,000, with $20,000 of that amount suspended for three years, for three breaches of the BBL Player Contracting and Remuneration Guidelines.
Having considered all of the information provided to the CA Integrity Unit in the course of its investigation, SACA was found to have entered into agreements with three players (Brad Hodge, Jonathan Dean and Kieron Pollard) during the BBL Contracting Embargo Period as is prohibited under 3.1(a) of the Guidelines. The nature of the communications between the SACA and the relevant player or their representatives in each instance was found to be inconsistent with "non-binding discussions" as is allowed by clause 3.1(b) of the Guidelines.
The suspended portion of the fine will become payable if, within three years, SACA is found to have again breached the contracting rules set out in clause 3 of the Guidelines.
Cricket Australia’s Senior Manager – Integrity, Iain Roy, said:
“SACA has been found to have breached the BBL Player Contracting and Remuneration Guidelines. We view contraventions of our competition rules seriously and the penalties handed down reflect this.”
“Cricket Australia is committed to ensuring the contracting rules for all of CA’s competitions are adhered to at all times.
“We acknowledge SACA’s co-operation during the course of the Unit’s investigation.”
Summary of findings:
- SACA breached the BBL Player Contracting and Remuneration Guidelines in relation to their dealings with players Brad Hodge, Jonathan Dean and Kieron Pollard and/or their representatives
- SACA has been fined $50,000, consisting of $10,000 in respect of the breach in relation to Brad Hodge, $20,000 in respect of the breach relating to Jonathan Dean and $20,000 in respect of the breach relating to Kieron Pollard
- $20,000 of the fine has been suspended for three years
- SACA is suspended from utilising the services of Jamie Cox in any capacity relating to the Adelaide Strikers until the end of the 2014-15 KFC T20 Big Bash League season
BBL Player Contracting and Remuneration Guidelines
3.1 BBL Contracting Embargo Period
(a) During the Contracting Embargo Period, BBL Team must not enter into any agreements, including renewals of existing agreements, arrangements or understandings, with any player in relation to or in any way connection in with the BBL.
(b) For the avoidance of doubt, clause 3.1(a) does not preclude BBL Teams from engaging in non-binding discussions with players.
BBL Contracting Embargo Period
The relevant BBL Contracting Embargo Period started on 7 February 2014 and ended at 9am on 19 May 2014.