Australian Cricketer Cleary Banned for Betting

Oz Anti Corruption Unit Gets Tough

Player must attend education program as part of sentence.

Cricket Australia has applied its zero tolerance policy on Perch Scorchers fast bowler, Piepa Cleary by imposing a two year ban on the player for gambling.

Nineteen year old Cleary admitted that she had placed bets totalling $15.50 in November last year during the Australia-New Zealand Test at Adelaide Oval. Six bets were made.

The sentence was suspended for six months on condition that Clearly does not commit any other offence during the two year period. She is also required to attend anti-corruption player education programs.

Clearly was sanctioned for breaching Australia's anti-corruption code and breaking Article 2.2.1 ie. placing, accepting, laying or entering into any bet in relation to the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any match or event.

WACA Comments on Betting

The chief executive of Western Australia Cricket Association, Christina Matthews said that she was disappointed that Clearly had been involved in the incident, especially since she had attended an anti-corruption workshop just two months earlier.

"Cricket in this country is held in high regard for its integrity and it is important for the future of the sport that remains the case and the WACA understands and supports the sanctions that have been handed down in this instance," she said.

"Piepa will have to work hard to regain some respect from this incident, but she remains an important member of WA cricket and has taken responsibility for her actions," added Matthews.

WACA said that Cleary's ban serves as a reminder as to how serious anti-corruption is taken in cricket.

Australian Cricket Integrity

The head of Cricket Australia Integrity Unit, Iain Roy said that the organization continued to remind all elite cricketers and officials that betting on any form of cricket is strictly prohibited.

"Piepa has heard this message many times through the anti-corruption education sessions that we deliver and accepts that in placing the bets she exercised poor judgment," said Roy.

"Bets totalling $15.50 might seem small but it doesn't matter. We take a zero tolerance approach to any form of gambling on cricket by players in order to protect the integrity of the game."