Perth Scorchers were fined due to  a breach of the issue of salary cap rules    IANS
Perth Scorchers were fined due to a breach of the issue of salary cap rules IANS

Melbourne (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) announced that Perth Scorchers have been fined following a breach of the salary cap rules applicable to the fifth edition of the KFC Big Bash League (BBL). “Scorchers breached the allowable team retainer pool of $1.3m by $5,000. CA Code of Conduct Senior Commissioner Gordon Lewis AM determined Scorchers be fined the minimum penalty of $150,000, with $145,000 suspended pending no further breach of the team retainer pool rules for five years,” CA said in a statement. In reaching this decision, it was taken into account that Scorchers self-reported the salary cap breach to CA. READ: Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Pat Howard wants hosts’ to show resilience; Urges them to rally behind Steve Smith

Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity, Iain Roy said: “Following a thorough investigation, we understand that this was not a purposeful breaching of the rules by the Perth Scorchers, and this has been taken into account for the purpose of fixing an appropriate penalty. “We do however take a proactive, zero-tolerance approach to maintaining the integrity of our sport and this includes any breaches of salary caps in the BBL.”

Earlier, Australian cricket chief Pat Howard Sunday urged the embattled national team and organisation to show resilience in their fight for credibility. Steve Smith s team, facing a fifth straight Test defeat this year, was rolled for a record-low total of 85 against South Africa in Hobart on Saturday, intensifying pressure on the players, coaching staff and selectors. It was the fifth time in the past six years Australia had been bowled out for fewer than 100. The latest debacle also followed the stunning first innings collapse of 10 for 86 in the first Test in Perth, which the Aussies lost by 177 runs. Under-fire coach Darren Lehmann, whose contract was recently extended until 2019, has admitted Australia s batting was in crisis.