Melbourne, Jan 21 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) Monday fined Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne $5000 for breaching the CA Code of Behaviour.
Warne was found guilty of breaching Rule 5: Laws of Cricket and Spirit of the Game by CA commissioner Arthur Lodge.
For the Twenty20 Big Bash League (BBL) semifinal last Wednesday night, James Faulkner was listed on the Melbourne Stars team sheet as captain and took part in the coin toss with Perth Scorchers captain Simon Katich.
BBL teams were sent a memo by CA Dec 5. Under the heading "Over Rates", the memo stated that "If a team's official captain is selected but not named as captain this will be considered against the Spirit of Cricket and may attract a Code of Behaviour charge."
Warne had previously been issued with one strike for a slow over rate violation, with a second strike this season resulting in an automatic one-match suspension.
Warne was not present at the hearing. He was represented by Melbourne Stars CEO Clint Cooper and team manager Ben Robertson.