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IPCL Code of Conduct

Notes on terminology: The use of the male gender throughout this Code is for the purposes of brevity only. What follows applies equally to men and women, boys and girls. The words ‘league’ and ‘leagues’ are shorthand for any and all competitive recreational cricket played in Country under the auspices of the IPCL.

Purpose

The Code of Conduct and Discipline (CCD) describes a procedure for dealing with disciplinary problems within the game, and gives general descriptions of unacceptable conduct from players. The Code fully endorses the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ Preamble to the 2000 Code of Laws. It is to be read in conjunction with the IPCL Players’ Code of Conduct.

Application

This Code applies to all IPCL league, cup and recreational cricket. It is a requirement that all clubs and other relevant bodies agree to its provisions.

Organization

The IPCL Match & Disciplinary Committee (MDC) is responsible for administering the Code for all league /cup cricket played in Country.

Special arrangements

In the event of a serious offence, or a very serious offence (as described below), the MDC shall be augmented by two further Qualified Umpire Members selected by the MDC

Role of umpires

Under the Laws of Cricket it is the umpires who are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. This Code extends that duty by empowering umpires to be sole judges of what is, or is not, acceptable behavior. Umpires shall exercise this duty from thirty minutes before the scheduled start of play until the scores have been agreed following the close. Players are reminded that their conduct will be under scrutiny and may incur penalties before the first or after the last balls have been bowled.

Standards of conduct

There is no place within the game of cricket for aggression, foul or abusive language to opposition players, umpires, scorers or spectators, for captains failing to set a good example to their team or failing to give necessary assistance to umpires, for verbal abuse of umpires or scorers, for disputing an umpire’s decision by word, action or both, for threats or acts of physical violence to another player, an umpire, a scorer or spectator. Scorers, players and others shall bring any concerns to the attention of the umpires, who alone determine whether, and to what level, a player’s conduct has fallen below the acceptable. In a game with player-umpires, the Captains are responsible for such reports to the MDC.

Role of Captains

Captains are responsible for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit, as well as the Laws of the game. Failure on their part to accept responsibility for the behavior of their players, whether batting or fielding, is regarded in itself as an offence, irrespective of what punishment may be handed out to the player concerned. If any player is punished for any reason then, after the first such offence, his captain shall also receive an automatic punishment. If the captain himself offends he may expect a punishment greater than that meted out to any of his players. Captains are reminded that they continue to remain responsible for the conduct of their team when it is batting. The captain, even if not on the field of play, is still be vulnerable to being penalized.

Penalties

Penalties are broken down into two categories – the first being the award of five-run penalties (in matches where the officials are independent umpires appointed by IPCL) or a first and final warning (where the officials are not independently appointed), followed by the second category of a report procedure that brings with it an automatic minimum ban for the player or players concerned, rising to a life ban for the most serious offences. A player banned, for whatever reason or duration, may not play in any form of cricket until the ban has been served.

The issue of five-run penalties or warnings must always be the result of agreement between both umpires. In the issue of reports there must be agreement between them if both are independent or both are provided by or through the clubs involved in the match. If, however, there is a mix of umpires, with one provided by the club and the other an independent official, it shall be sufficient for the independent official to act alone. Player-umpires shall not award penalties nor issue reports. Any instance of unacceptable behaviour in a match with player-umpires is to be reported to the MDC by the captain concerned.

Disciplinary procedure for matches where five-run penalties are used
Player offending

If the umpires judge that a player’s behavior has fallen below an acceptable level, the umpires shall note the offence, and award ONE fiver-run penalty to the other side, whilst warning the player’s captain that any further offence by any player will also lead to a penalty against him (the captain) for failing to exercise proper player control.

Further offences by the same player

If the player re-offends, the umpires shall award a further five-run penalty to the other side, note the further offence(s), and report the player to the MDC, after the game.

Penalty against captain

Immediately following a further offence, the umpires shall award TWO five-run penalties (a total of TEN runs) to the other side fro the team captain’s failure to control his players, and report the captain to the MDC after the game.

Subsequent offences

For every offence by a different player the umpires shall note the offence and award a five-run penalty to the other side. If the player re-offends, the umpires shall note the further offence(s), award a further five-run penalty to the other side, and report the player to the MDC, after the game.

Further penalties against captain

Immediately after any further offence, the umpires shall award TWO five-run penalties (a total of TEN runs) to the other side for every such offence as a penalty for the team captain’s failure to control his players, and report the captain to the MDC after game.

Captain as offender

If the captain is himself the offender the umpires shall note the offence and award TWO five-run penalties (a total of TEN runs) to the other side and report the captain to the MDC after the game.

Captain as re-offender

Should the captain re-offend, the umpires shall note the further offence(s), award THREE five-run penalties (a total of FIFTEEN runs) to the other side for each and every such offence, and report them to the MDC after the game.

Award of a match

If the umpires are obliged, in any on innings, to issue to either side more than five separate five-run penalties, other than those issued to a captain for failure properly to control his players, they shall instantly award the match to the other side, which shall take maximum points or advantage as relevant. Any points earned up that moment by the side against whom the match has been awarded shall be disallowed.

Report principles and procedure

The principle behind the reporting procedure is that the fact that if the umpires have been obliged to make a report, this results in an automatic punishment in the form of a ban. If the umpires decide to report any player, for whatever reason, the notification that they will be making a report must be made to the MDC by telephone, text message, fax or email within 24 hours of close of play of the match in which the incident(s) occurred, followed by a written description of the event(s). In the case of relatively minor offences, this description can be very brief, since the act of making the report, of itself, will result in an automatic ban for the player concerned. Offenders are reminded that all bans come in force at 6am on the day following the match and apply to all cricket, not just to the league in which the offence was committed. The umpires’ report will note where a second or subsequent report has been made because a further offence or offences by the same player or captain. If the umpires believe that the offence was more serious than to merit the smallest punishment or was an offence of the severest nature, they will say so in their report. The MDC will then consider whether heavier punishments should be imposed. Offending player(s) may make representations to the MDC against any punishment’s further extensions.

Report procedure and consequences – Players

The automatic ban from all cricket for players who are reported is for the next TWO weeks or until his team has completed a further two matches in the competition in which the offence took place, whichever duration is the longer.

Report procedure and consequences – Captains

The automatic ban from all cricket for a captain reported is for the next THREE weeks or until his team has completed a further three matches in the competition in which the offence took place, whichever duration is the longer, if this offence is that of failing properly to control his team, or for the next FOUR weeks or until his team has completed a further four matches in the competition in which the offence took place, whichever duration is the longer, for offences committed by him personally. If banned for both types of offence, the two bans shall run concurrently.

Serious offences

If the offence or offences are graver than to warrant just the automatic two, three or four week/match bans as described above, the umpires shall express this view both to the player(s) concerned, and to the captain on the day of the match and in their subsequent report to the MDC. The MDC shall consider the matter and invited the player or captain concerned to explain his behaviour and the umpires to explain the circumstances. The player or captain concerned may employ witnesses if he so wishes, but must inform the board as to how many he wishes to call at least seven days before the hearing, in order that sufficient time may be set aside. The MDC shall either return the status quo ante or extend the punishment further. The punishment, if so extended, will be from all cricket for a further THREE weeks or until his team has completed a further three matches in the competition in which the offence took place, whichever duration is the longer, for a player; from all cricket a further SIX weeks or until his team has completed a further six matches in the league in which the offence took place, whichever duration is the longer, for a player; or from all cricket for a further TEN weeks or ten matches in the league in which the offence took place, whichever duration is the longer, for a captain concerned.

Most serious offences

Threats of physical assault may, and actual physical assault shall be regarded as the most serious offences and shall carry the possible maximum penalty of a ban from all cricket for LIFE. In the event of the umpires reporting a player for such ‘most serious’ offences, the MDC, with its numbers augmented as described in (D) above shall consider the matter in a formal hearing, ask the player or captain concerned to explain his behavior, the umpires to explain the circumstances, deliberate and then announce the punishment. The player or captain concerned may employ witnesses if he so wishes, but must inform the board as to how many he wises to call at least seven days before the hearing, in order that sufficient time may be set aside. The player concerned has the right to one First and Final appeal against any award of a stronger punishment or a life ban.

Serving bans

Bans exist to deprive offenders of the enjoyment of playing the game. So, if a player or club is banned for a number of matches and, for any reason, one or more of these matches is abandoned or cancelled without a ball being bowled, such a match will not count towards the fulfillment of any ban. If a ban, or part of a ban, imposed on any player or club remains to be served at the end of a season, it shall be completed at the beginning of the next.

Penalty for clubs ignoring a ban

A player or captain banned from a competition for any reason and for whatever length is also banned from all cricket until the original ban is served. It is incumbent on any club to ensure that a banned player is not allowed to play for it. Any club that permits a player to represent it while being banned shall lose any and all points or advantages earned during the matches in which that player was present and acted in any capacity whatsoever other than as a spectator.

Publicizing bans

Following the receipt of information from the MDC of a ban, for any reason and for whatever length, the player’s name, club, competition and brief details of both the offence and the length of the consequent ban will be posted by the IPCL on its website. Once a ban has been served, the details will be transferred to an archive section and held in perpetuity, so that league and club officials, together with the general public if it so wishes, may have access to a permanent record of previous offences. As part of the registration process it is incumbent on all clubs when registering a new player to ensure that no ban is in force from the club in which the player previously played.

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