FOR ALL CAPTAINS & UMPIRES (CLUB or LEAGUE)
The BCMCL has a zero tolerance policy on player indiscipline and we will take all necessary steps to ensure that the game is played in the true spirit of cricket.
The league is committed to ensuring the game retains a zero tolerance attitude to disciplinary matters such as physical/verbal abuse of players/umpires, dissent at umpire decision and unsportsmanlike behavior.
The BCMCL Code of Conduct will be strictly adhered to and the umpire will bring the charge(s) to the Protest and Disciplinet committee.
As a general rule, the Captain of the side is responsible for the behaviour and conduct of the players in the team. Apart from the charged
player, the Captain can also be penalized for the behaviour and conduct of his players.
It is hoped that umpires together, and captains can solve dissent problems, but if they cannot be solved at the ground or the offence is worse than dissent, the player will be reported, & the BCMCL Discipline committee can suspend a player and take action against a captain who does not control his players.
You can find more information on BCMCL’s code of conduct at http://www.bcmcl.ca/index.jsp?page_id=code_conduct.
Here is few key points to remember:
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.
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 (of Cricket) 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 in the event of a player failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire or criticizing his decisions,(dissent) 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 players team and to any governing body responsible for the match.
FROM THE ‘SPIRIT OF CRICKET’ (AT THE BEGINNING OF THE LAWS OF CRICKET) – partial rules only
IT IS AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME:
To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture. (Dissent: see above)
To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire.
To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance;
To appeal knowing that the batsman is not out.
To advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing.
To seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment…
ICC RULES; (What is dissent?) Showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision
(a) excessive, obvious disappointment with an Umpire’s decision;
(b) an obvious (clearly seen to all) delay in resuming play or leaving the pitch;
(c) shaking the head;
(d) pointing or looking at the inside edge of bat when given out lbw;
(e) pointing to the pad or rubbing the shoulder when caught behind;
(f) snatching the cap from the Umpire;