Australia’s star all-rounder, James Faulkner, has been convicted with the charge of drink and drive during his English summer journey with Lancashire and is also sure to get charged by Cricket Australia for the breach of code of conduct.
The incident, which occurred on Thursday night, found Faulkner with a blood alcohol reading of around twice the legal limit in England. For this act, Faulkner has been charged by the Greater Manchester Police and will be appearing in the court on July 21 for the hearing.
Lancashire has decided that Faulkner would not be playing the T20 fixture against Yorkshire on Friday at Old Trafford and further discussion with Cricket Australia will determine what further actions need to be taken.
James Faulkner is also sure of getting fined by his employers as Cricket Australia have charged him with ‘conduct that is unbecoming of a representative or official and harmful to the interests of cricket”.
In his defence, Faulkner had passed the statements as, ” I can’t excuse my actions and understand that I have let people down. My decision to drive was an error in judgment. I apologise unreservedly and accept any penalty handed to me by Cricket Australia and the relevant authorities.”
CA’s team performance manager, Pat Howard, when questioned regarding the matter, gave the detailed answer as : “I have made contact with James to understand the facts of the matter. It is clear that he made a very poor decision to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking and that decision had clear potential to cause serious harm to him and others.”
He also added further that, ” I have expressed my extreme disappointment and have informed him of the consequences under English law and Cricket Australia’s own regulations.”