Women’s Big Bash cricketer Angela Reakes caught betting on World Cup; banned for two years

In yet another sad incident that has shamed the game, an Australian women’s cricketer was charged by Cricket Australia (CA) for breaching its anti-corruption code over five bets she placed — totalling $9 — during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. The player in question is Angela Reakes — Sydney Sixers’ Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) player. She has subsequently been banned by CA for two years.

Reakes, 24, who currently plays for the ACT Meteors in the Women’s National Cricket League, as well as the Sixers in the WBBL, had pleaded guilty to placing five bets on the winner of the Man-of-the-Match award during the Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand. In doing so, she breached the Article 2.2.1 of the anti-corruption code, and thus received an official reprimand, which will require her to participate in CA’s anti-corruption education program.

Reakes, a right-handed batswoman and a leg-break bowler, understood that in placing these bets she made a big mistake and has acknowledged the seriousness of her error. She has also voluntarily accepted the sanctions and will be able to continue participating in Australian cricket subject to no further breaches of CA’s code. Reakes last played a competitive game just a couple of days back against Scorchers women in the WBBL, where she bowled three wicket-less overs for 22 runs.