Joe Burns charged with CA Code of Conduct breach
January 12, 2018
Cricket Australia (CA) advises that Brisbane Heat BBL’s Joe Burns has been charged for breaching the CA Code of Conduct on 10 January 2018 in his side’s KFC Big Bash League match against the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba.
Burns was reported for breaching CA Code of Conduct Article 2.1.4 – using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during a match – a Level 1 offence. This was Burns’ second offence in an 18 month period.
The offence occurred during the 17th over of the Heat’s batting innings.
As per the CA Code of Conduct procedure, Match Referee Bob Stratford considered the umpires’ report, and proposed a sanction of a $6,000 fine should the player accept the umpire’s version of events.
Burns denied the offence and subsequently a hearing occurred at the ground that evening.
Upon review of the evidence, the match referee concluded that Burns was guilty, and the proposed sanction was imposed, with Burns electing not to appeal the outcome.