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Brisbane Heat Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence sanctioned over COVID violation

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Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn and teammate Dan Lawrence were sanctioned by Cricket Australia following a violation of COVID-19 protocols.

The club were fined $ 50,000, of which $ 20,000 was suspended for the remainder of the season, while Lynn and Lawrence each agreed to a fine of $ 10,000, with $ 4,000 suspended for the remainder of the season. the BBL 10 campaign.

Sanctions were handed down today following a Cricket Australia investigation into a violation in Canberra on Saturday night.

According to Lynn, who apologized to fans and his teammates today, the breach occurred when the star drummer took a photo with a fan at an authorized location before traveling by taxi.

The skipper’s actions went against CA protocols with the club currently in a bio-secure hub environment in Canberra.

“I would like to say sorry to my team-mates, the club and the Heat fans for being reckless and not following the protocols that have been put in place to ensure the continuity of the competition,” Lynn said in a club statement. .

“Having a photo with a fan at a licensed location and traveling by taxi seemed pretty low risk, but they were identified in our briefings as examples of things you couldn’t do.

“I was probably lulled by a false sense of security which, because everything has improved in the country, we are getting closer to normal behavior.

“But the rules, including avoiding close contact, are there to protect the BBL competition and all the players and teams and I sincerely apologize to everyone for putting this in jeopardy. I can also speak on behalf of of Dan to say that we were both. very regrettable to have made such an error in judgment. “

The duo participated in Brisbane’s loss to Sydney Thunder last night at Manuka Oval but were both required to maintain a physical distance from other players and officials.

“The Code of Conduct charges released today relate to alleged violations of the protocols that are in place to protect our players, officials, staff and the community at large,” said CA’s security officer, Sean Carroll.

“The potential hot spots of COVID-19 and related impacts on state borders remain a challenge for the league and it is imperative that all protocols be followed, which gives us the best opportunity to travel around the country and to d ‘run the full schedule.

“While the current rate of COVID-19 infection in Australia remains low, we must ensure that appropriate measures are taken to reduce the possibility that a player, staff or official is logged into a declared hot spot. State / Territory governments have imposed isolation and border crossing restrictions on declared hot spots can impact those involved, the team and potentially jeopardize the BBL season.

“Medically, this particular breach presented a lower risk, but actions of this type have the potential to compromise the integrity and confidence in our biosecurity protocols.”

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