Match-ban decision reversed

THE Bundaberg Cricket Association (BCA) has overturned match bans and stopped an investigation into representative players’ behaviour on a Kingaroy bus trip, due to procedural anomalies. The BCA executive met on Monday night to discuss the association’s disciplinary procedures, following allegations of lewd behaviour on the October trip.

It was found a number of anomalies had taken place during the investigation and the committee had no alternative but to quash the investigation before any further action could be taken.

“A number of timing discrepancies in the investigation meant the procedures adopted were questionable and therefore it was the committee’s decision to discontinue the process,” BCA president Les Bennett said.

All players who were on the bus were called to a commission last Thursday night, where they gave individual accounts of the event.

As a result, four players were initially handed suspensions from all BCA-affiliated play, while two were yet to front the commission.

But these suspensions were dropped on Monday night, with all players free to play this weekend.

Bennett said the situation was “getting out of hand”, and it was in everyone’s best interests to put it to bed.

“There was too much innuendo, too many stories flying around,” he said.

“All the (BCA) clubs were notified of our position and we will all benefit from this process in the future.”

Across The Waves president Noel Stitt said he was disappointed not only in the players involved, but also that the correct procedures weren’t followed by the BCA.

“We don’t condone this behaviour. As a club we will take the correct course of action and demonstrate to the BCA we are dealing with it,” he said.

Combined Country Wests president Gary Holloway took a similar stance.

“This is the best outcome for everyone,” he said.

“But we need to get a message across that this behaviour cannot be tolerated. All our players are on notice. As long as it’s dealt with appropriately, we support the BCA if any future actions need to be taken.”

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