Australia cricketer cops one-year ban for posting team on Instagram
Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper Emily Smith has been handed a one-year ban for posting her team line-up online an hour before the scheduled release.
Smith was found guilty of breaching Cricket Australia's Anti-Corruption Code after putting the Hurricanes line-up on her Instagram account ahead of the Women's Big Bash League clash against Sydney Thunder on November 2.
The match was eventually abandoned due to the weather conditions but she was punished.
CA's code disallows players from "disclosing inside information to any person (with or without reward) where the participant knew or might reasonably have known that such disclosure might lead to the information being used in relation to betting in relation to any match or event".
With nine months of the sanction suspended, the 24-year-old will take no further part in the cricket season having also been ruled out of the Women's National Cricket League.
The country's apex cricket body's head of integrity Sean Carroll stressed Smith had no malicious intentions but it did not absolve her of wrongdoing.
"CA's rigorous anti-corruption player education programme means that players are well aware of their obligations... and there is no excuse for breaches regardless of the reasons for information being disclosed," he said in a statement.
"We hope this serves as a reminder to all that the anti-corruption code is critical to protecting the integrity of the game," he added.