AUSTRALIA: Ex-Zim international risks lengthy ban; charged for under rules relating to ‘physically assaulting a player or any other person’

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By The West Australian

West Australian cricket stalwart Murray Goodwin will find out his punishment for making contact with the opposition wicketkeeper with his bat during a country grand final at the weekend when he fronts a tribunal on Thursday.

It’s understood Goodwin had been subject to religious slurs before wafting his bat and making contact with Marist keeper Cam Marra after being was dismissed on day one of the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association grand final on Saturday.

The ex-Zimbabwe international was charged with a level-four offence under the MCC rules of “physically assaulting a player or any other person” which carries a maximum three-year ban.

The 19-Test veteran was suspended for the second day of play and had to watch on as the reigning premiers were defeated by Marist at the Recreation Ground.

He could now be suspended from action until the end of the 2025-26 season, which could end his career given he is already 50 years old.

“The umpires notified both captains — Josh Topliss and Kyle Davis — prior to the start of play,” BDCA umpire coordinator Gary Crombie said on Monday.

“Due to the breaking of MCC law 42.5, and as a level four offence, the player (Goodwin) was not allowed on the field of play for the remainder of the match.”

Goodwin had a brilliant professional career, scoring 23,723 runs in 320 first-class matches for WA, English county sides Sussex and Glamorgan and the Zimbabwe Test team across 20 years.

Born in Zimbabwe, Goodwin moved to Perth when he was 13 before moving back in 1998 to represent his nation in cricket, playing 80 international games and scoring more than 3000 runs.

His son Jayden is a contracted WA opener who played two first-class games in 2021 and plays WA Premier Cricket for Subiaco-Floreat, the same club his father represented with distinction.