Cricket Australia make changes to Code of Conduct

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Cricket Australia have opened the door for players and officials to have long-term sanctions modified following an amendment to their Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.

The move was approved by Cricket Australia on Monday following a request at the October board meeting, meaning players and officials can now ask to have their sanctions heard by a three-person review panel.

Players did not have the right to have a sanction reviewed once it has been accepted under the previous legislation, but under the new ruling it allows long-term penalties to be eased if they can prove they have shown remorse and their behaviour has changed.

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It means David Warner may apply to have his leadership ban modified, with the veteran opener previously unable to hold any leadership position within Australian cricket due to the sanction handed to him as part of the 2018 ball tampering scandal.

"Under the changes, players and support staff can now apply to have long-term sanctions modified," a statement from Cricket Australia said.

"Any applications will be considered by a three-person Review Panel, comprising independent Code of Conduct Commissioners, which must be satisfied that exceptional circumstances exist to justify modifying a sanction.

"These circumstances and considerations will include whether the subject of the sanction has demonstrated genuine remorse; the subject's conduct and behaviour since the imposition of the sanction; whether rehabilitation programs have been completed undertaken (if applicable) and the length of time that has passed since the sanction was imposed and whether sufficient time has passed to allow for reform or rehabilitation.

"The code of conduct states this process: 'Acknowledges that Players and Player Support Personnel are capable of genuine reform or rehabilitation and is intended to provide the Player or Player Support Personnel with an opportunity to resume their previously held positions or responsibilities in specific circumstances.'

"The hearing of an application is not an appeal, or a review of the original sanction imposed."


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