Sydney Sixers skipper Moises Henriques is standing by his English import, Tom Curran, who was slapped with a four-game BBL suspension for alleged intimidation towards an umpire. The charges stem from an incident prior to the Sixers’ recent game against the Hobart Hurricanes. Curran is seen in footage facing off with an umpire during a warm-up session. While the team is appealing the ban, they are facing games without Curran, including a clash with the Melbourne Stars on Boxing Day.
Henriques has backed Curran, expressing concerns about the claims and the lengthy suspension. He believes the footage lacks context and argues that the decision does not consider his character thoroughly. Despite voicing his disapproval, the captain emphasized that the team does not condone disrespect towards umpires but asserts that the severity of the suspension seems unwarranted.
Cricket Australia’s CEO Nick Hockley has urged players to adhere to the authority of umpires and maintain respect during matches. He emphasizes the importance of respecting the rules and the spirit of the game.