Brendon McCullum captain Brisbane Heat in BBL    Getty Images
Brendon McCullum captain Brisbane Heat in BBL Getty Images

Brisbane Heat captain Brendon McCullum has been suspended by Cricket Australia (CA) for their upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) match. CA has cited slow over rate in the match against Perth Scorchers as the reason. Heat completed their innings in 96 minutes, which was 6 minutes more than the allowance of 90. This is not the first time they have finished late as earlier, in the match against Hobart Hurricanes; they took 5.5 minutes more than their allotted time to finish. Heat accepted the penalty which reduced the fine of AUD1,000 on each player to AUD500 each. Joe Burns will stand as captain for Heat s in their next big fixture against the Melbourne Stars.

“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,” Max Wallers, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Cricket told cricket.com.au. “It is a shame but we accept those are the competition rules we are playing under and remind us that we can continue to improve in all facets of the game. We’re confident the team will give a good account of itself against the Stars and continue to play bright, attacking T20 cricket. We’re sure Brendon and the team will rebound from this setback and finish the competition strongly,” he added.

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After the match against Scorchers, McCullum had told Channel Ten Sport, 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. 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.”