Cricket Australia slaps three players with suspensions for betting

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Melbourne, Australia 6th July 2016: Cricket Australia has banned two players and suspended a third for breaching its Anti-Corruption Code and betting on cricket.

Hayley Jensen and Corinne Hall, who play in the national women’s league and women’s domestic Twenty20 tournament, were both given two-year bans with 18 months suspended, Cricket Australia said in a media release on Wednesday.

The ban is part of Australian cricket board’s “zero tolerance” approach to gambling-related corruption.

Jensen had admitted placing one bet on the result of the men’s Test match between Australia and New Zealand in Brisbane last November.

Hall had made two bets relating to two matches in the men’s domestic One-Day competition in 2015-16.

“Jensen and Hall are prohibited from participating in any form of cricket or cricket-related event for a period of six months until 21 October 2016,” the statement reads.

Joel Logan, who plays for South Australia in the men’s domestic competition, was sanctioned for placing two bets on the winner of the World T20 tournament.

Logan was also given a two-year ban which was wholly suspended due to “circumstances relating to his match contracts and the specific timing” of his bets.

All three players were required to participate in anti-corruption education programs, the board said.

World cricket has been rocked by a number of gambling-related scandals in recent years.

Earlier, three Pakistan players were banned from cricket and jailed in 2011 after they were convicted of criminal charges related to spot-fixing in a Test match during their 2010 tour of England.

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