Sydney sixers make appeal but “ban” continues on this player, BBL 13.

Tom Curran‘s four-game suspension remains in place after he was found to have intimidated an umpire on December 11. Cricket Australia upheld the ban, rejecting Sydney Sixers’ appeal against the sanction.

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BBL Authority Banned sydney sixers Tom Curran for 4 Games.

The English fast bowler Tom curran will be sidelined until at least January 3, missing key matches against the Melbourne Stars on Boxing Day and the Brisbane Heat on New Year’s Day in KFC BBL 13.

Tom Curran’s suspension stemmed from a Level 3 offense under Cricket Australia’s code of conduct. The incident occurred before the Sixers’ December 11 game against the Hobart Hurricanes. Channel Seven’s cameras captured footage of Curran practicing his run-up onto the UTAS Stadium pitch during warm-up, violating (BBL 13) Big Bash playing conditions.

“Umpires are part of the lifeblood of cricket and it is essential they are respected and appreciated by players at all levels of the game,” Alistair Dobson, General Manager of Big Bash Leagues, said in a statement.

“We acknowledge the remorse Tom’s shown following the appeal and look forward to seeing him back in Sixers colours. 

“Tom has been a long-time contributor to the BBL and is a clear fan-favourite and someone we hope will continue to play an integral role in the competition moving forward.”

The fourth umpire, Muhammad Qureshi, approached Curran, instructing him on the restricted area for warm-up. Despite the warning, Curran continued his run-up at the opposite end. The umpire signaled the permissible area but was confronted by Curran, who narrowly avoided a collision through a sidestep. Curran then exchanged words with the umpire while gesturing for him to move aside.

Match referee Bob Parry charged Curran under Article 2.17 of the code of conduct for “intimidation or attempted intimidation of an umpire, match referee, or medical personnel whether by language or conduct (including gestures) during a match.”

Tom Curran on this Incident :

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“The interaction with Umpire Qureshi took me by surprise at a time when I was very focused on my pre-match routine. I didn’t expect the stand-off that resulted,” Curran said in a statement following the appeal. 

“I deeply regret the way I reacted to it and the resultant impact for Umpire Qureshi, the Sydney Sixers and myself personally.  

“My intention was always to veer off to Umpire Qureshi’s right, in a similar way to my run up at the other end. I had never considered running into him and never considered that he would think that was my intention. However, on reflection, I should have repositioned my run up a metre or so to my left.  I would not do the same if the situation arose again, and I am sorry.

“I am genuinely sorry that I chose to continue to practice my run up in the direction of Umpire Qureshi and if he ever thought I sought to make physical contact with him.”

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