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Shipperd reprimanded, Saker fined

By Roger Vaughan 03/01/2006 07:45:20 PM Comments (0)

Victorian cricket coach Greg Shipperd received a severe reprimand and assistant David Saker was fined $1000 after a marathon disciplinary process.

The penalties relate to a one-day match against Tasmania in Launceston on December 18.

Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland charged the pair on December 28 and the hearing lasted nearly four hours.

During the hearing, CA code of conduct commissioner Ron Beazley downgraded the charge from "serious dissent" to "dissent" at an umpire's decision.

"Naturally we're very disappointed in the outcome, we certainly received a very fair hearing," said Cricket Victoria chief executive Ken Jacobs outside the hearing.

"That's the end of the matter as far as we're concerned."

The charge is understood to have related to an incident involving the wicket covers during a break in play, but no-one was commenting about the background of the case after the closed hearing.

Jacobs would only say that the case was "about Greg and David both appearing on the field during a break in play".

Beazley heard evidence on Tuesday from Shipperd, Saker and the two umpires in control of the game, Peter Parker and Ken McGinniss.

Asked why the hearing took so long, Jacobs said: "That's a question to be asked of Cricket Australia, not of us."

But he said Cricket Victoria had sought clarification from Beazley about why it took so long for the charge to be laid.

"We had some lengthy discussion about it with the commissioner .... He had sought further explanation from the umpires in the hearing," Jacobs said.

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