Brendom McCullum has been suspended for one game in the Big Bash League due to slow over rate. The New Zealander who captains Brisbane Heat in the Australian T20 competition, was earlier given a warning for his slow over rate. The Heat players were fined AUD 500 after they decided not to appeal.
Heat were one over short of the stipulated time in their game against Perth Scorchers. In his absence, Australia Test discard Joe Burns will be leading Brisbane Heat in their next Big Bash League match against Melbourne Stars after.
McCullum spoke about his disappointment over the suspension by saying, “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.”
Max Walters, the Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer said, “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.”
Walters disappointingly said, “It is a shame but we accept those are the competition rules we are playing under and reminds 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.”
Brisbane Heat are currently placed No. 2 in the table and have been one of the most entertaining sides in the BBL this year. They are already with without the services of big hitter Chris Lynn who is in the Australian squad for Pakistan ODI series.