An Australian women’s cricketer was found to be involved in illegal betting, prompting Cricket Australia (CA) to ban the player in concern for a period of six months from competitive cricket.
The player, 19-year old Pippa Cleary represents Western Australia in domestic Australian cricketing circuit. She is said to have placed bets on the first day-and-night test match held at the Adelaide Oval in November last season, between Australia and New Zealand. Cleary had placed six bets that totalled up to $15.50 on the various proceedings of the match.
This is the second such instance of an Australian women’s cricketer engaging in such illegal betting activities. The first player to have been caught for such an activity was Angela Reakes, who was given a two-year suspended ban. While Cleary was also sentenced on the same lines, in her case since she’d engaged in wrongdoing after having been a part of a training workshop carried out to educate cricketers regarding the malpractices of betting, she will have to serve out a six-month compulsory ban per the stipulations of Iain Roy, chief of CA’s Integrity Unit.
In addition, Cleary will also now be a part of CA’s mandated programme that provides educational guidelines to other players regarding the consequences of such activities. While this aspect remains an integral part of the rehabilitation programme established by CA, it’s however equally important for Cleary is restitution of the faith that has been lost because of her actions.
While the West Australian cricket administrators haven’t taken any stringent action against Cleary, they are also however clear that the onus is on her to redeem herself after the shameful and embarrassing incident.