The Big Bash League (BBL) has rejected Tom Curran’s appeal to have his four-match ban overturned for umpire intimidation. The Sydney Sixers’ all-rounder will serve the suspension, missing the next three matches against Melbourne Stars, Sydney Thunder, and Brisbane Heat. Curran had already sat out the recent win over Adelaide Strikers.
Umpire Intimidation Incident
Curran’s ban stems from a Level 3 offence under Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct. The incident occurred before the Sixers’ match against Hobart Hurricanes on December 11 in Launceston. Cricket Australia charged and found Curran guilty of intimidating the match official, Muhammad Qureshi.
The Sydney Sixers appealed the decision, with captain Moises Henriques expressing difficulty comprehending the ban. However, the BBL confirmed on Sunday that Curran’s appeal had been dismissed, upholding the four-match ban.
BBL General Manager Alistair Dobson acknowledged Curran’s remorse in the appeal process but underscored the importance of respecting umpires. Dobson stated, “Umpires are part of the lifeblood of cricket, and it is essential they are respected and appreciated by players at all levels of the game.”
Curran’s Regret and Apology
In a lengthy statement, Tom Curran expressed regret for his actions and apologized for the impact on Umpire Qureshi, the Sydney Sixers, and himself personally. Curran clarified that the incident was unexpected and resulted from a miscommunication during his pre-match routine.
“I deeply regret the way I reacted to it and the resultant impact for Umpire Qureshi, the Sydney Sixers, and myself personally,” Curran stated.
Sydney Sixers’ Response
Rachael Haynes, the Head of Sydney Sixers, defended the club’s decision to appeal the ban but accepted the final ruling. Haynes emphasized that while supporting Curran, the club does not condone disrespect towards match officials.
“We sought to appeal the original decision based on previous Code of Conduct cases. While not disagreeing that Tom had breached the code through his conduct, we felt that the charge was inconsistent with other offences,” said Haynes.
Curran’s Return on January 3
Tom Curran concluded his statement by expressing his apologies to everyone affected and thanked those who supported him. He looks forward to rejoining his teammates and returning to the field on January 3 in Coffs Harbour.
Despite the setback, the Sydney Sixers remain committed to supporting Curran through the season and anticipate their next match on Boxing Day.