Nottinghamshire have been handed a £600 fine by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after they fielded Australian David Hussey without having registered him to do so.
Hussey, who captains the side in Twenty20 cricket, had obtained the necessary dispensation to play for Nottinghamshire as an overseas player and has now been correctly registered with the ECB.
"After investigation, it is accepted by the Commission that the failure to register was an administrative oversight on the part of the county and that the player - now registered for that county – was at all relevant times eligible to be registered and play for Nottinghamshire and that Nottinghamshire had obtained the necessary No Objection Certificate from Cricket Australia. The player himself, David Hussey, is entirely blameless," an ECB statement explained.
"In these circumstances the matter has been dealt with by way of summary procedure. However, the Commission wishes to underline the need for counties to ensure that players are properly registered and in timely fashion.
"Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club apologised for its error, accepted the financial penalty and have put in place measures to ensure that such an error is not repeated in the future."
Hussey has so far scored 182 runs, including two half-centuries and taken two wickets to help Nottinghamshire to the top of the North Group.
His side are next in action when they take on Durham at Chester-le-Street tonight (14th June).
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