Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne was fined A$5000 (NZ$ 6,289) for breaching the spirit of cricket - then immediately claimed it wasn't his fault.
And in an ugly end to what's likely to be his final BBL season, Warne hit out at Cricket Australia (CA) for the second time this month and said he was disappointed with their decision.
A disciplinary hearing found the legspin great should be fined for naming teammate James Faulkner as the Stars' official captain for their semi-final defeat by Perth Scorchers at the WACA on January 16.Warne was under threat of suspension if he allowed another slow over rate as captain and wanted to guard against missing the final, had his team won.
This was deemed ''against the spirit of cricket'' by CA which had had issued all BBL teams with a memo last month stating: ''If a team's official captain is selected but not named as captain this ... may attract a code of behaviour charge.
''Warne said the team's management was at fault, not him.
''I had know idea about the rule/law...,'' Warne said on Twitter.
''If I was aware of the law/rule I would have tossed the coin, I should have been informed & made aware by management''
Anyway, Disappointed it was not a stars fine rather than me as I was never informed as I said... Glad u all understand now !! Enjoy''
Warne had previously been issued with one strike for a slow over rate violation. A second strike this season would have resulted in an automatic one-match ban.
The 43-year-old Warne did not attend CA's Melbourne headquarters for the teleconference hearing which convened in Perth.
He was represented by Melbourne Stars CEO Clint Cooper and team manager Ben Robertson.
''The Melbourne Stars and Shane Warne have accepted the fine,'' Cooper said later.
''We equally shoulder the responsibility of the breach given the miscommunication between team management and Shane Warne; key parties involved in the incident were unaware of the memo.
''We hope this blemish on Shane's record doesn't overshadow what he has contributed and achieved in the game over the past 25 years, and in more recent times, his work in establishing the BBL.
''The veteran bowler claimed only four wickets at an average of 39.75 this season but was frequently in the headlines for less savoury reasons.
He was suspended for one match after a shirt-grabbing incident with Melbourne Renegades batsman Marlon Samuels on January 6, during which a miked-up Warne said to Samuels ''F**k you, Marlon!''.
Warne was also fined $4500 after being found guilty on three of four charges stemming from the derby clash.
BBL chief Mike McKenna gushed that Warne had been fantastic for the competition and denied Warne had snubbed the hearing.
''It's not unusual for people not to appear if they don't have much of a defence in the circumstances,'' he said.
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