Harris Twitter tirade draws CA sanction

12 January 2018

Ryan Harris charged with Code of Conduct breach for social media outburst following controversial BBL obstruction dismissal

Former Test fast bowler Ryan Harris' Twitter rant about the controversial obstructing the field dismissal of Brisbane Heat batsman Alex Ross has seen him cop a $3,000 suspended fine by Cricket Australia.

Harris, as a CA High Performance Coach, breached CA's Code of Conduct for calling the Ross decision "embarrassing" and "shocking" on Twitter.

Harris accepted the proposed sanction of a reprimand and a fully suspended $3,000 fine, which will not be enforced if Harris is not found guilty of another breach in the next two years. 

Ross was deemed by the third umpire to changed his line into the path of a throw in the 17th over of the Heat’s run chase against Hobart Hurricanes to become the first player in BBL history to be given out obstructing the field.

The Heat batsman later clarified his intentions, on Twitter, were to avoid being struck by the incoming ball from the deep.

It's not the first time Harris has been in hot water when tweeting.

After Australia wrapped up the Ashes in Perth four years ago, Harris was denied entry into Perth's Crown Casino and he let his feelings known on social media.

He apologised the following day and said: "As I've heard many times before, don't tweet when you've had a drink.''

Ross given out for obstructing the field

Last October, Cricket NSW chief executive Andrew Jones suffered the same fate as Harris for his comments on the controversial end to a JLT One-Day Cup match between the NSW Blues and Victoria Bushrangers at North Sydney Oval.

The Blues had lost in controversial fashion after umpires deemed the NSO pitch "dangerous" 26 overs into the Bushrangers' innings. NSW had earlier been dismissed for 144.

Jones took to Twitter to let his feelings about the decision known and called for all officials involved to "be fired immediately".

As CA stated when Jones was reprimanded: "Every player and any player support personnel are required to adhere to Cricket Australia's Code of Conduct.

"This includes any person employed by, contracted to, representing or otherwise affiliated to CA or any State or Territory Association or BBL/WBBL Team."

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