Marcus Stoinis fined for personal abuse of a player

Melbourne Stars all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been fined for personal abuse on a player during the Melbourn Derby game in the Big Bash League (BBL). Cricket Australia has imposed Stoinis with a $7,500 fine for directing personal abuse at Australia teammate Kane Richardson on Saturday.

He was found guilty of a level two breach in the match against the Melbourne Renegades and has accepted the charge without challenge.
Stoinis also admitted immediately that what he did was wrong and accepted his mistake straight away. He also apologizes to the fast bowler Kane and to the umpires.

“I got caught in the moment and took it too far,” Stoinis said. “I realized immediately I was wrong and I apologize to Kane and to the umpires. I did the wrong thing and accept responsibility for my actions. The standards are there for a reason and I accept the penalty” he said.

Apart from the incident, Stoinis is having a terrific time with the bat this season as he is currently the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 281 runs. However, he has been dropped from the ODI squad for the series against India this month. On the other hand, Kane has been called up for the series.

Meanwhile, Fast bowler James Pattinson was also handed a one-Test suspension earlier in the season for a similar slur, reportedly homophobic in nature. It was the fast bowler’s third code of conduct breach in 12 months as compared to the first for Stoinis.

Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security strictly informed that there is no place for such incidents to take place in this game.

“The behavior in this matter falls short of the standards we expect and we have acted accordingly. There is no place for it in the game,” he said.

Melbourne Stars won the game against Renegades in the derby comfortably by 8 wickets. The Renegades were restricted for only 142 runs on the board and it took only 18.5 overs for the table-toppers to chase down the total. Marcus Stoinis playing an unbeaten match-winning knock of 68* from 55 to take his side over the line.