Tom Curran plans to challenge the four-game suspension for allegedly intimidating an umpire.

The Sydney Sixers will contest the four-match ban imposed on English allrounder Tom Curran for allegedly intimidating a Big Bash League match official.

Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Thursday that Curran had been charged with a level-three offense under clause 2.17 in the code of conduct. The clause pertains to “intimidation or attempted intimidation of an umpire, match referee or medical personnel whether by language or conduct (including gestures) during a match.”

The charge originated from an incident during the warm-up before the Sixers’ game against the Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston on December 11.

In a statement, CA revealed that Curran got into an altercation with an umpire after completing a practice bowling run-up, during which he ran onto the pitch. He was instructed not to step onto the pitch and proceeded to the other end to complete another practice run-up.

“The umpire positioned himself next to the stumps, blocking Curran from approaching the pitch and gestured for Curran to move away,” CA stated.

“Curran was seen in the footage gesturing for the umpire to move away from the pitch. He then attempted to perform a practice run-up and ran full speed towards the umpire, who stood in the bowling crease facing him.

“To avoid a potential collision, the umpire stepped to his right.”

BBL broadcaster the Seven Network released footage of the incident late on Thursday night.

Curran contested the charge, and the matter was heard by code of conduct commissioner Adrian Anderson, who found him guilty. Anderson imposed a penalty of four suspension points, resulting in a four-match ban.

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley declined to comment on the specifics of the incident but emphasized the importance of player behavior.

“Players need to show respect to umpires and match referees,” he said. “I believe these processes exist for good reason, and my message to everyone, not just at the elite level, but also at the community level, where many officials volunteer their time, is that respect is fundamental to the spirit and laws of cricket. Players are role models in society, and it’s crucial they exhibit respect.”

Sixers CEO Rachael Haynes stated that the club would vigorously appeal against the sanction.

“Tom and the club maintain that Tom did not knowingly or intentionally intimidate a match official, and based on legal advice, we will exercise our right to appeal the decision,” Haynes said in a statement. “We will support Tom during this time and eagerly await his return to the field.”

Curran took figures of 3-19 from four overs as the Sixers secured a six-wicket victory over the Hurricanes with four balls to spare.

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