Rules & Code of Conduct
The League’s Code of Conduct is adapted from the International Cricket Council Code of Conduct, October 1992.
- The Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the spirit of the game as well as within the Laws.
- Players and Team Officials shall not at any time engage in conduct unbecoming to a player or team official which could bring the game into disrepute.
- Players and Team Officials must at all times accept the Umpire?s decision. Players must not show dissent at the umpire’s decision.
- Players and Team Officials shall not intimidate, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player or spectator.
- Players and Team Officials shall not use crude or abusive language (known as “sledging”) nor make any offensive gestures, nor appeal excessively.
- Players and Team Officials shall not make any public pronouncement or comment which is detrimental to the game in question.
- Clubs must take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of their members and supporters towards players and umpires.
As is stated in Article 2 of the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League Constitution, “the objects of the League shall be to control, organize, foster, improve, aid and extend the game of cricket.” Consistent with these objects, the Management Committee will do its utmost to ensure that all matches and League events will be played at the highest possible level of honesty, integrity and sportsmanlike fair play so as to provide opportunities for all players and spectators to experience and enjoy the game at its best. From time to time penalties have been levied on players, captains, teams and clubs for violations of the Code of Conduct.
All players registering for play in the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League acknowledge that they have read and accepted the Code of Conduct. Under Law 42, the Team Captain is responsible for the behaviour of a side on the field during a match.
The Laws also state that the Umpires “are sole judges of fair and unfair play” and “are entitled to intervene without appeal in the case of unfair play, but should not otherwise interfere with the progress of the game, except as required to do so by the Laws.” Further that’ll the event of a player failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire or criticizing his decisions, the umpires should in the first place request the captain to take action, and if this proves ineffective, report the incident as soon as possible to the executive of the player’s team and to any governing body responsible for the match.
Any violation of the Code of Conduct during a match or League Event shall be brought to the attention of the League appointed Umpire(s), who in accordance with the Laws shall refer it to the Captain(s) for resolution. In the event of no such Umpire being present, the standing umpire and the Captains shall consult with each other and resolve the matter. Should the matter not be resolved to the satisfaction of the Umpire(s) and/or Captain(s), umpires and clubs shall make a written complaint to the Protest and Discipline Committee in accordance with No.48 of the Governing Rules.
Such Committee is responsible for notifying clubs and individuals of such complaints, obtaining their written reply and subsequently ruling on the complaint. The Committee many not consist of individuals who are conflicted in the matter. Its decision is subject to appeal in accordance with No.50 of the Governing Rules.
The object of the measures to be taken by the Protest and Disciplinary Committee shall be to punish the behaviour in question, to correct such behaviour and to deter its repetition by the offending individual(s) and/or others. In making its decisions, the Committee will take into consideration the written reports, circumstances, intent and degree of provocation as well as any written apologies and/or disciplinary action taken by the affected club(s).
Its discipline system will be progressive with increased penalties for repeated offences. Past infractions will be taken into consideration for a period covering the previous 24 months. (This policy will commence in the 1998 season). At all times the Committee shall do its utmost to recognize the efforts of its umpires and to honour the authority that they enjoy in League matches and events.
|Physical abuse of umpire||8 games||12 months||Life|
|Physical abuse of player||4 games||10 games||12 months|
|Dissent at umpire decision||1 game||2 games||4 games|
|Verbal abuse of player/umpire||1 game||2 games||4 games|
|Unsportsmanlike “sledging”||1 game||2 games||4 games|
|Unsportsmanlike behaviour||1 game||2 games||4 games|
The above is for indication purposes only. The Protest and Disciplinary Committee consider additional penalties as it deems appropriate in special circumstances. Since the Laws place the onus on the Captain for the behaviour of a side and its players, the Protest and Disciplinary Committee may levy penalties on Captains for failure to take appropriate action.
A suspension is deemed to have been served once the team on which the infraction/complaint occurred has played the number of games of the suspension. Suspensions may be deferred at the discretion of the Protest and Discipline Committee.
Persistent verbal abuse of player(s):
- If a player(s) reports such an incident to an umpire, the umpires shall confer and together report the matter to a representative of the home club with a request to have the offending spectator(s) identified and informed that such behaviour is unacceptable and must cease forthwith. It is the responsibility of the home club to ensure there is no repetition.
- The umpires together shall, as soon as practical, inform both captains of the occurrence.
- As soon as possible after the conclusion of the match, the umpires together, shall send a written report detailing all the circumstances of the incident, including whether the action taken by the representative of the home club proved to be satisfactory, to the Governing Body for the match (B.C.M.C.L.) who shall take such action as is considered appropriate
- If a player(s) reports a further such incident(s) to an umpire, the umpires will again confer and together repeat the procedure outlined in paragraph (a) above. The representative of the home club should also be informed that a report will be made to the Governing Body for the match (B.C.M.C.L.) that ineffective action had been taken regarding any previous incident.
- The umpires together shall, as soon as is practical, inform both captains of this further occurrence.
- As soon as possible after the conclusion of the match, the umpires together, shall send a written report detailing the circumstances of all the incidents to the Governing Body for the match (B.C.M.C.L.) who shall take such action as appropriate.
- The time taken to deal with any such matters during a match shall be dealt with in the same way as injury time.
The same course of action to be taken if the umpires together consider there is persistent verbal abuse of umpires. (It is not recommended that the umpires should abandon the match).
All member cricketers, associates and supporters shall conduct themselves in accordance with the Code of Conduct. If a problem arises, the guidelines will be followed as set out above.
The League will be able to deduct points, or if appropriate, award a match to the team that has lost, or impose whatever penalty suits the occasion.