Women's Sports: Instagram post causes Emily Smith to face suspension

Emily Smith

After posting a team line up on Instagram, Emily Smith has found herself with a three-month suspension. 

Smith originally accepted a year-long ban - however, nine months of the ban has now been suspended.  

The Wicketkeeper posted Hobart Hurricanes' line-up against Sydney Thunder on her personal Instagram account an hour before the scheduled team release. The match was abandoned due to poor weather conditions. 

With that being said, Smith is now ruled out from the remainder of the season Women's Big Bash League and Women's National Cricket League. 

The Anti-Corruption Code of Cricket Australia prevents the disclosure of 'inside information' which leads to "information being used in regards to betting in relation to matches or events".

Even though Sean Carroll (Head of Integrity and Security at Cricket Australia) acknowledged that there was no intent of breaking the Anti-Corruption Code, he states that players are "well aware of their obligations" and that "there is no excuse for breaches regardless of reasons that they are being disclosed". 

Cricket Australia's Integrity and Security team have been working with Emily through the process and she now understands the mistake that she has made.

Hobart Hurricanes have won just two out of their nine games so far this season and are currently sitting seventh out of eight in the Women's Big Bash League. 

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