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CA to review Big Bash player rules
19:14 AEST Wed Jan 16 2013

Cricket Australia say they will review the rule which prevented fast bowling weapon James Pattinson from turning out for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League finals.

Shane Warne blasted CA for not letting Pattinson make his comeback from injury for the Stars.

But Executive General Manager of Operations Mike McKenna addressed the media on Wednesday in Melbourne to explain that CA weren't in a position to make mid-season changes to the rules pertaining to the replacement of players in the Big Bash.

After Pattinson injured himself in the Adelaide Test, Melbourne made a decision to replace him in their squad - and that decision cannot be overturned.

Clubs can choose to either keep injured players on their list or replace them.

However, Stars captain Warne argued that a drawcard like Pattinson shouldn't be banned from playing when he's been passed fully fit to return.

McKenna described Warne as "misinformed" and said it would be unfair to other teams in the tournament if an exception was made for Test star Pattinson.

However, McKenna said he could see the sense in wanting the best players available and promised a review before next summer's Big Bash.

"We all like to see the very best players playing and there's no doubt that as part of our review, this rule will be looked at to make sure that where players are available we can field them," McKenna said.

"But that's a process for after the season not during the season.

"If you change the rules to let James or any other player who has been injured to come back in, the people you are disadvantaging are those players that were actually kept on lists as injured players.

"A really good example is Josh Hazlewood who the Sydney Sixers kept on their list for seven weeks.

"He came back and is able to play at the end of the competition. But they would have been disadvantaged had we changed the rules at this stage."

Pattinson instead made his comeback from injury in grade cricket in Melbourne and is hoping to be included in Australia's upcoming Test tour of India.


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