Cricket union mulls fight for banned Smith

Justin Chadwick
Hurricanes' Emily Smith was suspended by CA for posting a team line-up on social media

The Australian Cricketers' Association was remaining tight lipped on Tuesday night after holding an emergency meeting to explore potential ways they could support suspended Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper Emily Smith.

The 24-year-old last week received a one-year ban - with nine months suspended - for posting a team line-up on her Instagram account, an hour before it was officially released by her team for the WBBL clash with Sydney Thunder.

Her post, supposedly intended to lightheartedly highlight her position well down the batting order in a match that was later washed out, was still viewed by Cricket Australia as breaking their strict Anti-Corruption Code.

As a result, Smith has been denied playing in any form of cricket for at least three months, meaning she'll sit out the remainder of the WBBL and WNCL seasons, a penalty the ACA says is excessive.

ACA has suggested Smith should have received a fully suspended sentence instead, and refuted claims it urged the player to accept the ban and move on.

The union, keen to illustrate that corruption was not a factor in Smith's actions, sent a document to its members countrywide featuring the options it was planning to present to board members in Tuesday's emergency meeting with the view of mitigating Smith's punishment.

After the meeting, an ACA spokesperson said the organisation wasn't yet in a position to make a comment on its plan of attack.

It remains unclear what the ACA plans to do to support Smith.

One of the measures it could explore is to broker a meeting with CA officials to take up Smith's cause directly.

Technically, Smith no longer has a right to appeal given seven days have passed since the sanction was accepted.

But CA has the power to reduce the ban, and this possibility could be raised at CA's meeting on December 6.

Test greats Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan are among the long list of critics to express their dismay at the severity of the ban handed down to Smith.