DISCIPLINARY REGULATIONS 2015
1. AIMS AND JURISDICTION
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is committed to maintaining the
highest standards of behaviour and conduct. The ECB Regional Premier Leagues,
namely The Birmingham & District Premier League, The East Anglian Premier
League, The Home Counties Premier League, The North Eastern Premier League and
The West of England Premier League (henceforth identified as the Leagues)
operating within the jurisdiction of the ECB, take this commitment very
To this end, these discipline regulations, incorporating major parts of the ECB
Model Code of Conduct and The Spirit of Cricket, have been adopted by all the
The regulations shall be complied with by all those who participate under the
jurisdiction of any of the Leagues’ Management Committees. The regulations shall apply to any player at
any club, at any level, under the auspices of any of the listed Leagues.
The regulations are intended to provide assistance and uniformity to all clubs
in dealing with any alleged breach of the Code of Conduct and The Spirit of
Cricket and are aligned to ECB Non-First Class procedures.
Any club which fails to take all reasonable steps to ensure the proper conduct
of its players, officials and/or members in all matters for which the club or
its committee is responsible, or acts in any way which is prejudicial or
detrimental to the interests or reputation of the League, breaches this Code of
There is nothing in this Code preventing or discouraging clubs from applying
additional or stronger sanctions against offenders than those appearing within
the Code, whether or not they are the subject of a discipline report. To this end, it is important that clubs have
their own code of conduct and disciplinary procedures in place.
For the purposes of these regulations, the expression ‘player’ shall throughout
this document be deemed to mean and include not only any player, whether
professional or otherwise, but also any member or official of any club in any
incident of alleged misconduct occurring on any part of a cricket ground or
building and not merely the field of play.
2. CODE OF CONDUCT AND
SPIRIT OF CRICKET
2.1. Code of Conduct
The Leagues are committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and
conduct at cricket matches both on and off the field. All clubs and players, by virtue of their
registration with their respective League, explicitly agree to abide by this
Code of Conduct, which incorporates the Spirit of Cricket, and are bound by the
provisions in these Regulations.
The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted
within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.
Players and club officials must at all times accept the umpire’s decision.
Players and club officials must not show dissent at the umpire’s decision or
react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards another player or a
Players and club officials shall not intimidate assault or attempt to
intimidate or assault an umpire, another player, a club official or a
Players and club officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known
as “sledging”), nor make offensive gestures or hand signals, nor deliberately
distract an opponent.
2.1.6. Players and club officials shall not use language or
gestures that offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or
vilify another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, sexual
orientation, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.
2.1.7. Players and club officials shall not use or in any way
be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.
2.1.8. Players and club officials shall not make any public
or media comment which is detrimental to the League, clubs, umpires or the game
in general. In this instance, media
shall include press, radio, television, external websites, club websites,
social networking sites and club match programmes.
2.1.9. Players and club officials shall not disclose or
comment upon any alleged breach of this Code.
2.1.10. Clubs must take adequate steps to ensure the good
behaviour of their players, officials, members and supporters.
Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the
fact that it should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the
Spirit of the Game. Any action which is
seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the
spirit of fair play rests with the captains.
2.2.1. There are two Laws which place the responsibility for
the team’s conduct firmly on the captain.
are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the
Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.
In the event of any player failing to comply with the
instructions of an umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, showing dissent,
or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute,
the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other
umpire and to the player’s captain, requesting the latter to take action.
Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of
a cricket match. Every player is
expected to make an important contribution to this.
and Unfair Play
the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. The umpires
may intervene at any time, and it is the responsibility of the captain to take
action where required.
umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:
action that they consider to be unfair
Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:
captain and team
The role of
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2.2.6. It is
against the Spirit of the Game:
To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture
To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire
To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:
Appeal knowing the batsman is not out
Advance towards an umpire in an
Seek to distract an opponent either
verbally or by harassment
with persistent clapping or
unnecessary noise under the guise
of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s
There is no
place for any act of violence on the field of play.
2.3. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Code of
Conduct may lead to disciplinary action, irrespective of a proven breach being
related to a match not under the jurisdiction of the League.
3.1. A breach
of the disciplinary regulations occurs when:-
a. Any player in the course of, or in connection with a
match, offends against the Code of Conduct or acts at any time to prejudice the
good name of interests of the Leagues
b. Any club fails to properly control or discipline its
players or acts in a manner prejudicial to the good name or interests of the
player or club committing such a breach shall be liable to penalties in the
manner prescribed in this document.
3.3. A breach of the Code of Conduct will normally be
categorised as Level 1, 2, 3 or 4, as set out in Appendix 1.
3.4.1. For a first offence of a Level 1 breach of the Code of
Conduct in a match, the umpire(s) should warn the player as to his future
conduct and advise him and his captain that any repetition in the match will
result in a formal report.
3.4.2. If any player receiving such a warning then commits a
further Level 1 breach in the match, the umpire(s) will advise him and his
captain that they will be submitting a formal report.
3.4.3. Should the umpire(s) consider that the first offence
of a Level 1 breach is sufficiently serious, they have the authority to decide
to submit a formal report without having previously issued any warning. The player and his captain should be advised
3.4.4. In all instances of any perceived Level 2, 3 or 4
breach, the umpire(s) must complete a formal report.
3.4.5. The report should be submitted using the standard
discipline report form.
4.1. Notification that a report is to be submitted following
any alleged breach of the Code of Conduct must first be advised, by the
umpire(s), to the player and his captain or an executive of the player’s club,
on the day of the alleged offence, prior to leaving the ground.
4.2. Any such alleged breach of the Code of Conduct subject
to a report (to be known as ‘a complaint’) will then be notified by telephone
by the complainant to the Chairman of the League’s Discipline Committee
(hereinafter referred to as ‘Discipline Chairman’) or his nominated deputy
within 24 hours of the end of the match.
The written report should be sent, preferably by email, to the
Disciplinary Chairman or his nominated Deputy and be received within 72 hours
of the end of the match.
4.3. The Discipline Chairman or his nominated deputy shall,
as soon as reasonably practicable, inform the Secretary of the club against
whom the complaint has been made.
4.4. It is intended that any breach of the Code of Conduct
shall in the first instance be dealt with by the participant’s club who shall
notify the Discipline Chairman within 48 hours of any action taken. In the case
of Level 1 and Level 2 breaches, this shall, as a minimum, be a two match
(Level 1) or three match (Level 2) ban to be effective immediately.
4.5. Within 48 hours of receipt of the written complaint, the
Discipline Chairman or his nominated deputy shall consider the complaint and
a. To take no action except to record
the complaint and notify the club; or
b. To endorse any action taken by the
club and confirm that no further action is required; or
c. To refer the matter for a full
Level 3 or
4 complaints will automatically be subject to a full Disciplinary
4.6. Any match bans imposed by the club under paragraph 4.5b.
above shall be advised in writing to the relevant club’s County Board. Players should understand that match bans
will normally apply to all cricket played under the auspices of ECB.
4.7. In the case of an incident involving a player under the
age of 18 years old, the County Board Welfare Officer will immediately be
informed. In such circumstances, the
incident may be regarded as:
a. A welfare
and child protection case or
b. An outright disciplinary case. If the incident is being investigated by
another organisation (e.g. the Police, ECB Welfare Department etc.) the League
will await the outcome of that investigation.
5.1. In any case which is referred for a Disciplinary
Hearing, the Discipline Chairman shall convene the hearing within 14 days of
the decision to refer. Any delay may
only be granted at the discretion of the Chairman of the Disciplinary Hearing.
5.2. Where a charge against a player is referred to a
disciplinary hearing, his captain and club may be charged separately under
their responsibilities as set out in the Code of Conduct above.
5.3. At least seven days’ notice in writing of the hearing
shall be given to the player via his club Secretary. In the case of a club, its Secretary shall be
so notified. The notice shall specify
the alleged breach(es) of the Code of Conduct above.
accused player or club shall be entitled:
To submit written statements ahead of the hearing
To attend the hearing
To state his case (in the case of a club, by its Secretary
or other official)
To be supported by a colleague and to call witnesses.
5.5. If the player or club is to have representation present
at the hearing then the details of that representation must be given to the
Discipline Chairman not less than 48 hours before the date of the hearing.
5.6. The Hearing shall be conducted by a Disciplinary Panel
appointed by the Discipline Chairman and shall consist of not less than three
persons and not more than five persons drawn from a list approved by the
League’s Management Committee. None of
the Panel should be connected with the player, the club or their opponents at
the time of the alleged breach, or a club which might directly benefit from any
5.7. A club or player involved in disciplinary proceedings
will be solely responsible for meeting such costs or expenses as it or they may
incur, including the cost of any legal or other representation.
5.8. The standard of proof shall be on the balance of
probabilities rather than the criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt.
6.1. As a guideline, the following penalties should be
expected to be imposed for any complaint referred and, if appropriate, proved
at a disciplinary hearing:-
Level 1 2
to 6 matches
Level 2 3
to 8 matches
Level 3 4
to 10 matches
Level 4 A
minimum of 10 matches
played under the auspices of ECB
applicable, penalties will be carried over to apply in the following season.
6.3. Where the complaint is not referred to a Disciplinary
Hearing, repeated infringements, listed on umpires reports, by an individual
player or by a Club may still result in additional penalties as laid out in 6.4
6.4. If at a hearing a breach of the Code of Conduct is
proved, the Disciplinary Panel shall have the power to impose one or more of
the following penalties, together with such order as to costs as it deems
In the case
of a player:
To require the player to submit appropriate letter(s) of
within a specified time
To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future
To impose a fine, not to exceed £500
To suspend the player for one or more matches,
or for a stated period of time
To deduct League points from the player’s team
To expel the player
from the League
In the case
of a club:
To require the club to submit appropriate letter(s) of
within a specified time
To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future
To impose a fine
To deduct League points from the club’s team
To expel the club from any competition of the league
To relegate to any lower division of the League
or to a ‘linked’ league
will take the following factors into account when determining the penalties to
a. If the accused player/club has pleaded guilty
b. The player’s previous disciplinary record
c. If the player is also the captain
d. The conduct of the player subsequent to him being warned
and told that he will be reported
e. If an appeal is considered to be spurious
6.6. In addition, where an individual behaves inappropriately
or fail to respect the formality at any level during a Disciplinary hearing,
the Disciplinary Panel assumes the right to impose further corrective actions
or penalties as it sees fit.
6.6.1 Where a representative and/or witness(es) behaves
inappropriately or fails to respect the formality at any level during a
Disciplinary hearing this can be dealt with under the code by having a separate
6.7. The Disciplinary Panel shall have the power to suspend
the operation of any part, or all, of the penalty it imposes for such period
and subject to such terms and conditions it deems appropriate.
6.8. Decisions of the Disciplinary Panel (a finding that a
complaint is proved or not proved or a decision on penalty) shall be by
majority vote; where necessary the Disciplinary Panel Chairman shall have a
6.9. The League shall report match bans in writing to the
relevant club’s County Board for national circulation. Players should understand that match bans
will normally apply to all cricket played under the auspices of ECB. The ECB Premier Leagues will also recognise
suspensions from other Leagues.
7.1. Appeals shall only be allowed against an automatic ban
instigated for a Level 1 or 2 offence on the grounds of mistaken identity,
misrepresentation or failure of the umpires to follow the procedures in
Paragraph 4 above.
7.2. Where a breach of the Code of Conduct has been proved at
a Disciplinary Hearing, a player or club shall have the right of appeal. Where a player and his club are appealing in
relation to the same incident, they must do so separately.
7.3. A notice of appeal setting out the grounds must be given
in writing to the Discipline Chairman within seven days of the decision of the
Disciplinary Panel, together with a deposit of £100 if the appeal is by a
player or £250 if the appeal is by a club.
7.4. If a notice of appeal is given, the penalty shall not
take effect pending the hearing of the Appeal, which shall take place as soon
as is practicable and in any event within 14 days of receipt of notice of the
7.5. The Appeal shall be by way of a new hearing before a
different Panel. The Appeal Panel shall
be appointed by the Discipline Chairman and shall consist of not less than
three persons and not more than five persons drawn from a list approved by the
League’s Management Committee. None of
the Panel should be connected with the individual or the club or their
opponents, or a club which might directly benefit from any disciplinary action
or have been a member of the original Disciplinary Panel.
7.6. The player or club shall have the same entitlements as
set out in Paragraph 5.4 above.
7.7. If the player or club is to have representation present
at the hearing then the details of that representation must be given to the
Discipline Chairman not less than 7 days before the date of the hearing.
7.8. Non-attendance at a hearing of the Appeals Panel by the
club or person that submitted the appeal without good and valid reason for such
non-attendance will automatically result in forfeiture of their right of
7.9. The Appeals Panel may confirm, vary or reverse the
decision of the Disciplinary Panel and it shall have the power to increase the
penalty and award costs of the Appeal hearing and forfeit the whole or part of
the deposit. Decisions of the Appeal
Panel shall be by majority vote; where necessary, the Chairman shall have a
decision of the Appeals Panel or, if no appeal, of the Disciplinary Panel,
shall be final and binding.
PAYMENT OF FINES
8.1. Any fine levied under these procedures or imposed for
the breach of any match rule must be paid to the Treasurer of the League within
twenty-eight days of the Club being notified of such fine.
8.2. Any fines still outstanding at the end of that period
shall be increased by 100% of the original fine, when the Secretary or Chairman
of the offending Club shall be notified to the effect that the fine is
outstanding. They will be given a
reminder that if after a period of fourteen days from that reminder, the fine
is still outstanding, a deduction of five points shall be made from the points
gained by the side that received the fine.
– BREACHES OF DISCIPLINE
Certain conduct, whether on or off the field of play of play,
amounting to a breach of the Laws of Cricket and/or the Spirit of Cricket has
been categorised into 4 levels which are set out below:
a) time wasting by either the
fielding side or the batting side
b) abuse of the cricket ground,
equipment or fixtures
c) showing dissent at an umpire’s
decision by word or action
d) using language that is obscene,
offensive or insulting and or the making of an obscene gesture
e) excessive appealing
a) showing serious dissent at an
umpire’s decision by word or action
b) inappropriate and deliberate
physical contact between players in the course of play
c) charging or advancing towards an
umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
d) deliberate and malicious
distraction or obstruction on the field of play, regardless as to whether such
conduct is deemed to be fair under law 42.5
e) throwing the ball at or near a
player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous manner
f) using language or gesture that is
obscene or of a serious insulting nature to another player, umpire, team
official or spectator
g) changing the condition of the ball
other than as permitted by Law 42.3
h) the bowling of fast short pitched
balls that result in the bowler being disallowed from bowling further in that
i) causing avoidable damage to the
pitch contrary to Laws 42.13 and/or Law 42.14 that results in a five run
penalty being awarded
a) intimidating an umpire
b) threatening to assault another
player, team official or spectator
c) using language or gesture that
offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify another
person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, sexual orientation,
colour, descent or national or ethnic origin
d) the deliberate bowling of any high
full-pitched ball contrary to Law 42.8
a) threatening an umpire
b) physical assault of another
player, umpire, official or spectator
c) any act of violence on the field
d) using language or gestures that
seriously offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify
another person on the basis of that person’s religion, sexual orientation,
colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.
The conduct listed in Level 1 to Level 4 above cannot be
considered to be exhaustive.
for a breach of any administrative rule:
to maintain memberships and affiliations £50
to pay entry fee or subscription on time £50
to attend an Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting
to attend Management Committee Meeting £50
to send in Team sheets (each breach) £25
to send in Umpires marking form (each breach) £25
to provide a non playing scorer £20
to pay Umpires expenses on the day of the match £20
Fines for failure to
attend Annual General Meeting or Management Committee to be imposed at the
discretion of the Officers.
Fines must be paid
within 14 days of the date of the invoice.
Failure to do so will lead to the fine being doubled.