The Sydney Sixers discovered the error before she took the field for the second innings. The Sixers compiled 4-166 from their 20 overs, meaning Silver-Holmes did not bat.
The Sixers reported the error but were still handed the hefty fine, of which $15,000 was suspended for 12 months.
Cricket Australia’s senior conduct commissioner Alan Sullivan, QC, who was in charge of handing down the sanction, acknowledged the club self-reporting the issue and commended the Sixers for “swiftly” removing Silver-Holmes from the match after realising their error.
As a result, he said the maximum penalty of $50,000 was not appropriate as it did not affect the game but said the breach was serious in nature.
Cricket Australia’s head of integrity and security Sean Carroll said he supported the findings of the commissioner.
“Cricket Australia places a significant emphasis on the integrity of all competitions, including the compliance with its player contracting rules and regulations,” he said.
“This breach by the Sydney Sixers, while serious in nature, had a reduced impact due to the club’s actions during last night’s game.
Sydney Sixers general manager Jodie Hawkins said the club would “learn” from this mistake after appearing senior the Senior Conduct Commissioner on Sunday.
“We made a regrettable administrative error for which there are understandably stringent rules,” she said.
“We were given a fair opportunity to present our case in the hearing and accept the findings and sanction.”
Last summer, Hobart Hurricanes player Emily Smith was banned for 12 months, nine of which were suspended, for posting a video of her team’s line-up on Instagram.
The video was taken from the restricted area of the Burnie Sports Centre before the match against the Sydney Thunder, and was posted an hour before the official scheduled release of the side.
While the game was later washed out, Smith was found to have broken anti-corruption protocols and handed the hefty suspension.
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.