CA to investigate into Sixers’ playing XI gaffe

Hayley Silver-Holmes. © Getty Images

An administrative error that saw Hayley Silver-Homes included in Sydney Sixers’ playing XI on Saturday (November 21) in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) despite not being in the 15-member squad will be investigated by Cricket Australia, it was announced.

Silver-Holmes, who was out with a foot injury for over two weeks, was replaced in the squad by Alisha Bates. She had recovered ahead of Sixers’ must-win clash against Melbourne Renegades and named in the XI at the toss, without getting the approval of the WBBL technical committee.

The gaffe came to the Sixers’ officials light only before the second innings began, which meant that she couldn’t take the field and as her substitute, Maddy Darke fielded during Renegades’ chase.

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“The rebel WBBL is aware of an administrative error pertaining to player selection in the Sydney Sixers-Melbourne Renegades match on Saturday,” said a statement from Cricket Australia statement.

“The Sixers self-reported an issue relating to Hayley Silver-Holmes’ paperwork shortly after the Sixers-Renegades game had commenced. Silver-Holmes did not bat nor take the field for the Renegades’ run-chase. The rebel WBBL will provide an update on the matter in due course.”

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