McCullum suspended for slow over rate


Brisbane Heat captain Brendon McCullum has been suspended for the Big Bash League clash with the Melbourne Stars due to a slow over rate in the team's defeat to the Perth Scorchers on Wednesday.

The Heat were six minutes behind the scheduled time to complete their 20 overs - one over short of the required rate after allowances.

As McCullum's second offence of the current BBL campaign, he will now sit out the Heat's next fixture.

The Heat have elected not to appeal against the ban, with Joe Burns set to fulfil the role of skipper.

"I think we were a little bit late today with it but it's pretty difficult, you kind of get penalised for taking wickets," McCullum told Channel Ten Sport before learning of his ban.

"Overall, you've got 35,000 people turning up to every game, ultimately the product is going outstanding and we finished 10 minutes early any way.

"Let's see what happens but hopefully I'll be right for next game.

"I think there were some inconsistencies in that [the first over-rate penalty] but let's wait and see. 

"If you do get suspended, you get suspended and that's how it is.

"I hope not because I think we're bringing a great brand of cricket to the table at the moment."