Australian cricketer Emily Smith banned for Instagram post on team line-up

Women's Big Bash League player Emily Smith was banned after posting a video on her Instagram with details of team lineup an hour before play.

Emily Smith (R) posted a video in her personal Instagram account that included details on the Hurricanes’ line-up for their match against Sydney Thunder. It is understood that first XI line-up can be used by individuals betting on games, including ‘fantasy’ competitions with cash prizes.   -  Getty Images

Social media has become an almost indispensable part of our lives but there are downsides to the utility. Besides privacy and authenticity concerns, one could also lose favour at one's workplace if the platform isn't used with discretion, as Australian cricketer Emily Smith found out.

The Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper was on Monday banned for the remainder of the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) season after breaching Cricket Australia’s stringent anti-corruption policy.

According to Cricket Australia’s website, “Smith posted a video in her personal Instagram account taken from within the restricted Player and Match Official Area (PMOA) of West Park in Burnie on November 2, that included details on the Hurricanes’ line-up for their match against Sydney Thunder.”

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It is understood that first XI line-up can be used by individuals betting on games, including ‘fantasy’ competitions with cash prizes.

The video was posted about an hour before the scheduled start of play, a statement from CA confirmed. The match was washed out without a ball bowled and no coin toss was possible.

Smith accepted the sanction for breaching Article 2.3.2 of the anti-corruption code and is ineligible to participate in any form of cricket for one year, with nine months of those suspended.

The three remaining months will see her ruled out of the remainder of the WBBL season, while she will also be unable to play in the 50-over Women’s National Cricket League.

Article 2.3.2 of Cricket Australia’s Anti-Corruption Code prohibits, “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.”

Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security Sean Carroll said while Smith did not intend to breach the code, players were well aware of their obligations.

“Since the commencement of the WBBL, Cricket Australia has had in place a robust anti-corruption program. We have been working with Emily throughout the process and Emily now understands the mistake she made.”