Mark Waugh, former Australian cricketer, wants Sydney Sixers’ Tom Curran to receive a reduced punishment for his confrontation with a BBL umpire. The ban was criticized by Waugh, who felt that a four-game suspension was excessive for a great player like Curran. Another Australian cricketer, Brad Hogg, also found fault in the umpire’s conduct during the incident. Sixers captain Moises Henriques also defended Curran, calling the ban a character assassination and expressing confusion about the decision. The Sixers hope to have Curran back in the Boxing Day match against the Melbourne Stars. Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley emphasized the importance of respecting match officials but refused to comment on the specifics of the incident.

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