Brendon McCullum is missing the all-important league match against Melbourne Stars following the one-match ban. After the last match against Perth Scorchers, he was found guilty of slow over rate and was handed one-match ban in the tournament. The match he will not feature in can be a crucial encounter as the winner of this game will top the tables.
Fans and cricketers are calling this decision as a very harsh call. Australian Coach Darren Lehmann called this ban as ridiculous and criticized it while commentating for Ten Network.
Adelaide Strikers captain Brad Hodge was unhappy with Big Bash after this call and said, “You’re there to win a contest and if you’re not deliberately stalling or trying to upset the opposition then play on. I think it’s really unfair that McCullum sits out.”
Hodge said to FIVEaa Radio (Adelaide) “I think it’s got to be embarrassing for the league when it comes to this. If you’ve got people on Twitter making jokes, it says they’re trying to make a mockery of it … and I think it’s fair enough. We’re not here to punish guys for trying to do the right thing, we’re trying to punish guys for doing the wrong thing, and I certainly don’t think Baz is out there doing the wrong thing.”
Several current Aussie cricketers have been vocal against the ban on social media. Meanwhile, Brisbane Heat will make the field today against Melbourne Stars in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Stars are leading the table with 8 points and Heat is behind them with the same points but with a lesser run rate.