Cricket Australia (CA) has given two very high profile Australian cricketers life bans to prove that they are serious about cleaning up the game of cricket.
The decision follows a breach of team rules and ICC regulations during an Ashes test match that Australia went on to lose.
CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said Dennis Lillee and Rodney Marsh would be given life bans from playing cricket from Australia and would the ICC would be informed of this decision immediately.
Pending ICC approval, the players will be allowed to work in cricket, but their playing future is over.
Australia’s test against the English at Headingley in 1981 was the game where both men have now confirmed they did make a bet on England to win that game. Against all odds England came back to win after the follow on had been enforced. At the time the bet was seen as a harmless prank, but cricket has changed since then.
Mr Sutherland said the decision to suspend Lillee and Marsh was regrettable.
“The breach of team rules of itself was a major offence, but in the current circumstances we thought we needed to show World Cricket and the PCB that you have to take these issues seriously” Mr Sutherland said.
“I am disappointed in Dennis and Rod, but I am also disappointed for them after all the work they have done with Australian cricket’s support in the last 29 years – – and CA will be encouraging and supporting them in the future”.
The life ban decision was discussed by CA’s Board which met this evening prior to a scheduled full-day Board meeting in Melbourne tomorrow. A CA management recommendation to the board in turn followed a unanimous recommendation from the team’s leadership group.
Lillee and Marsh are keen to continue working in cricket but are obviously upset they will never play cricket for their country again.
In other news, the ECB have asked the great-granddaughter of WG Grace to Lord’s to answer questions on odd occurences from tests in the 1800s.
This was a press release given to cwb, and only cwb for some reason. Perhaps that means it’s fake, who knows.