Former New Zealand skipper and currently, Brisbane Heat’s captain in BBL, Brendon McCullum has been suspended for his side’s crucial KFC Big Bash clash with the Melbourne Stars as a result of a slow over rate in their loss to the Perth Scorchers at the Gabba on Wednesday.
The Heat were found to be six minutes behind the scheduled time to complete their 20 overs, after allowances, which equated to being one over short. As the offence is McCullum’s second for a slow over rate in BBL|06, he will be suspended for the “next match he is available for selection in”.
The Heat have accepted the penalty, with Joe Burns to step into the captaincy for next Tuesday’s match at the MCG.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters said, “The Heat have shown that their style of attacking, exciting cricket really resonates with the fans and viewers all over the world and so it is disappointing for them that they will miss seeing one of the game’s best in action in Melbourne next week.”
He added, “It is a shame but we accept those are the competition rules we are playing under and reminds us that we can continue to improve in all facets of the game.”
Each Heat player was also fined $1000, with the fine reduced to $500 after the Heat accepted the penalty without appeal. The Heat took 96 minutes to complete their innings with the ball in Wednesday night’s encounter with the Scorchers, exceeding the 90-minute allowance by six minutes.
McCullum said, “I think we were a little bit late today with it but it’s pretty difficult, you kind of get penalised for taking wickets. Overall, you’ve got 35,000 people turning up to every game, ultimately the product is going outstanding and we finished 10 minutes early any way.”
He added, “Let’s see what happens but hopefully I’ll be right for next game. I think there were some inconsistencies in that (the first over-rate penalty) but let’s wait and see. If you do get suspended, you get suspended and that’s how it is. I hope not because I think we’re bringing a great brand of cricket to the table at the moment.”