Australian Cricketers Face Ban for Gambling

Cricket Australia Sanctions Players for Betting

CA stresses high integrity of the game in Australia.

Cricket Australia has slapped a ban on three players after they admitted to betting on the sport and breaching Australia's Anti-Corruption Code.

Hayley Jensen and Corinne Hall, as well as Joel Logan were given a ban of up to two years although all three had their penalties suspended, ranging from 18 months to altogether.

The three admitted to placing bets on various matches, and will be required to participate in anti-corruption player education programs as part of their penalty.

"These players have accepted the seriousness of their errors and have voluntarily accepted their sanctions," said the head of integrity for Cricket Australia, Iain Roy. "This serves as a timely reminder to all players in cricket that the integrity of our game is a high priority and we won’t accept this being compromised."

Betting on Australian Cricket

Hayley Jensen and Corinne Hall were both on state and women's Big Bash League contracts when they placed bets on Australian cricket.

Jensen wagered once on the first Test between Australian and New Zealand in 2015, while Hall placed two bets on the men's one-day domestic competition last season.

Futures League player for South Australia, Joel Logan, also admitted to placing two bets on the World Twenty20 cricket tournament in March earlier this year.

Zero Tolerance to Gambling

Cricket Australia, in a statement this week, stressed that there was no room for gambling by professional players.

"We take a proactive, zero-tolerance approach to maintaining the integrity of our sport and this includes any form of betting on cricket globally," said Iain Roy. "Players in Australia are required to complete an anti-corruption education session before they can compete in any competition, including all players in our Underage National Championships."

Rory said that Cricket Australia continually reminded players that betting on any form of cricket is strictly prohibited, as laid out in the country's Anti-Corruption Code.