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Cricket Australia have fined three Big Bash League (BBL) franchises for signing players outside the permitted contracting period.
The Hobart Hurricanes, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers were all fined AU$ 10,000 for each player they signed during the BBL Contracting Embargo Period, which was in effect from February 7 to May 19 this year.
Hobart were fined AU$ 20,000 for signing Ben Dunk and Alex Hales. Sydney were hit with a AU$ 10,000 fine for re-signing Moises Henriques, while Brisbane were also slapped with a AU$ 10,000 fine for signing an undisclosed player for the 2014-15 season.
“We are disappointed at the outcome,” Cricket Tasmania chief executive David Johnston said. “The club feels that the rules are unrealistic and as we have seen, they have been altered for next year.
“At the risk of losing the most valuable player of last season, we feel we acted in the best interests of Tasmanian cricket, the club and our members.
“We owe it to the Tasmanian cricketing public, our members and everybody who attends our matches at Blundstone Arena to field a team that is competitive with all other clubs.
“If we had waited until the contracting period had opened then we would have lost one of our best players and missed out on a major signing and drawcard in Alex Hales.
“The club has accepted the penalty and is moving on with our Champions League campaign.”
Cricket Australia’s Senior Manager – Integrity, Iain Roy, added: “While we recognise that in each case these were not flagrant breaches, we remain committed to ensuring clubs fully adhere to the competition’s contracting guidelines at all times. The penalties handed down today reflect the need to uphold the integrity of the league.
“We acknowledge each club’s assistance during the course of our investigations and now consider each matter closed.”