Female cricketer sanctioned for betting on World Cup final

SYDNEY: An Australian female cricketer has been given a suspended two-year ban for placing bets totaling only $9 on the men's World Cup final.

Angela Reakes, who plays for the Sydney Sixers in the Women's Big Bash League, pleaded guilty to breaches of Australia's anti-corruption code by betting on the Man of the Match award in the March 29 final.

As well as her suspended ban, Reakes received an official reprimand and will have to spend time educating other cricketers on anti-corruption issues.

Iain Roy, head of Cricket Australia's integrity unit, said "all elite cricketers are reminded regularly that betting on any form of cricket is strictly prohibited."