Sydney Sixers fast bowler Tom Curran has been suspended for four matches during the ongoing Big Bash League in Australia.
Curran was charged with a level three offence under Cricket Australia’s code of conduct after 11 December 2023’s fixture against the Hobart Hurricanes.
“Prior to the commencement of the match, Curran completed a practice run-up in which he ran onto part of the pitch,” read a statement from Cricket Australia.
“Curran was verbally instructed by the umpire not to run on to the pitch. Following this, Curran moved to the opposite end of the pitch to complete another practice run up.
“The umpire took position next to the stumps, blocking Curran from approaching the pitch and gestured to Curran to move away from the pitch.
“Curran was seen in the footage gesturing to the umpire to move away from the pitch. Curran then attempted to perform a practice run-up and run at pace straight towards the umpire, who stood in the bowling crease facing Curran. The umpire stepped to his right to avoid the risk of collision.”
Curran unsuccessfully contested the charge – and code of conduct commissioner Adrian Anderson imposed a four-match suspension.
Curran was capped by England at Test, ODI and T20I level from 2017 to 2021 – and was with the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League earlier this year before joining the Sixers.