Blind Cricket England and Wales (BCEW)
Chairman: Colin Baxter
Vice Chairman: David Gavrilovic
Registered Charity Number: 1118729
Last Updated: 3rd December 2016
2. Overarching Principle
3. On-field Misbehaviour
4. The Spirit of Cricket
5. Responsibilities of Captains
6. Off-field Behaviour
7. Disciplinary Procedures
8. Sight Classification
9. Drugs Offences
In this document, unless the context otherwise demands:
(a) Words denoting the male gender shall also be taken to import the female gender.
(b) Words denoting the singular shall also be taken to import the plural and vice versa and,
(c) Where there is a reference to a period of notice, this shall not include the day on which it is received or the day on which it is to be actioned.
Players, Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make a positive contribution towards this end.
The following types of conduct shall be totally prohibited:
(a) Any act of violence.
(b) Any derogatory words or discriminatory conduct based on an individual’s race or religion,
(c) Any offensive words or unwarranted act of discrimination founded on an individual’s age or gender,
(d) Any act of sexual harassment,
(e) Any deliberate or grossly negligent act causing damage at a ground,
(f) Any expression of dissent towards umpires,
(g) Any non-compliance with BCEW playing rules,
(h) Anything else that brings cricket, BCEW or any of its affiliated clubs into disrepute.
4.1 BCEW endorses the following extract from THE MCC LAWS OF CRICKET 2003 and hereby adopts it as part of this code:
“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 Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:
(b) A player’s own captain and team,
(c) The umpires and
(d) The game’s traditional values.
4.2 It is against the Spirit of the Game to:
(i) Direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire,
(ii) Engage in any form of cheating or sharp practice, such as:
(a) Appeal knowing that the batsman is not out,
(b) Advance aggressively towards an umpire when appealing,
(c) Seek to distract an opponent verbally or by unnecessary noise.
5.1 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 of Cricket and the BCEW Playing Rules.
5.2 In the event of a player failing to comply with instructions from an umpire or, by words or actions, 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, and instruct the latter to take action.
5.3 According to the Laws of the game, 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 so required. The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:
(a) Time wasting,
(b) Dangerous play,
(c) Damaging the pitch,
(d) Tampering with the ball or
(e) Any other action they consider to be unfair.
6.1 It shall be a breach of this code for anyone to engage in any of the activities proscribed by s.3(a-d) above if their conduct can readily be linked with BCEW or or any of its affiliated clubs.
6.2 It shall not be permissible for any person subject to BCEW’s jurisdiction to make any public statement, orally, in writing, by email or on social media which:
(a) Questions the integrity or competence of umpires or scorers officiating at BCEW events,
(b) Falsely and maliciously imputes discreditable conduct to any member of a BCEW affiliated club or to officers of BCEW, or otherwise
(c) Brings cricket, BCEW or any of its affiliated clubs into disrepute.
7.1 Any member of the BCEW committee receiving a complaint or match report or other information about conduct appearing to indicate a breach of this code, should draw it to the attention of the rest of the committee, but no member of the committee who, or whose club, is the party alleged to be in default, or whose club is a complainant, shall be permitted to participate in the proceedings described below.
7.2 If the committee thinks it appropriate, it should instruct one of its number, normally the Governance Director, to seek further evidence from the parties involved in the relevant events, including clubs, match officials or players and especially the party alleged to be in default.
7.3 If, on assessing this evidence, the committee determines that there is a prima facie case to answer, it must then consider the gravity of the issues raised.
7.4 Any case deemed to be particularly serious or raising complex legal questions should be referred to the ECB and, if the ECB accepts jurisdiction, will be dealt with exclusively under ECB procedures.
7.5 In all other cases, the committee must set up a Challenge and Disciplinary Panel (CDP). This should comprise a non-voting Chairman, normally the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the BCEW committee and three other members of the committee, although, where necessary, other suitably qualified individuals may be co-opted.
7.6 The CDP must forthwith review the available evidence and consider whether further enquiries are necessary. Once it is satisfied with the quantity and quality of the evidence available, the party alleged to be indefault must be formally notified of the charge, provided with a copy of all the relevant testimony and allowed aminimum of 7 days in which to comment on it.
7.7 If the said party admits the charge or fails to reply, the CDP may proceed immediately to impose an appropriate penalty. As far as possible, this should be in line with previous decisions in similar cases, but may include any or all of the following:
In the case of an individual:
(a) A formal reprimand,
(b) An actual or suspended playing ban or
(c) Expulsion or a period of exclusion from the BCEW committee.
In the case of a club:
(d) An actual or suspended points deduction,
(e) A fine and/or payment of compensation to an individual or other club,
(f) Forfeit of the toss in future matches,
(g) Forfeit of home advantage in T20 Cup matches or
(h) Expulsion or exclusion from BCEW competitions.
7.8 If the allegations are denied, the CDP may opt to seek further evidence and allow the party alleged to be in default at least three days to comment on anything which is forthcoming. Once the CDP is satisfied that all the evidence has been gathered, it may proceed to make its decision or opt to arrange for a personal hearing, but must adopt this latter course if the alleged defaulter so demands it.
7.9 The CDP may conduct a personal hearing face to face or by means of a telephone conference. The parties entitled to attend along with the members of the CDP, will be the alleged defaulter and any complainant. These parties must be given at least 7 days’ notice of the time and place of the hearing and allowed to request oral testimony from anyone previously giving written evidence. Clubs must be represented by one of their officers, but both they and any individual party may be accompanied, at their own expense, by a professional advocate or friendly third party.
7.10 At the close of the hearing, all interested parties must be informed of the decision by the Chairman of the CDP and sent a copy of the final report. After receiving this communication, any party found to have been in default will have 5 days in which to serve notice of appeal, either against the penalty imposed or the decision as a whole. Such notice should be sent in writing to the Chairman of the CDP who will receive it on behalf of the BCEW committee.
7.11 On receiving a notice of appeal, the BCEW committee must establish a fresh Panel, under the supervision of the same Chairman, but consisting of different personnel. The procedures for the appeal will be the same as those outlined above, save that the determination of the second panel will be final. Defaulters should note that, on an appeal, it is possible that penalties may be increased.
7.12 Any penalty imposed by either Panel will take effect:
(a) When the defaulter gives notice of an intention not to appeal,
(b) When the date for serving notice of appeal has passed or
(c) Immediately upon the publication of the outcome of an appeal.
8.1 The above procedures shall not apply to disputes about sight classifications.
8.2 Any club wishing to challenge a player’s classification must do so by writing to the BCEW Business & Competitions Director. If concerns are expressed by two clubs relating to the same player, this will activate the ECB’s Whistleblowing Policy.
8.3 This means that the matter will be passed on to the ECB who will arrange any medical examinations or quasi judicial hearings they deem necessary.
Similarly, any Drugs offence will be dealt with by the ECB in accordance with its Antidoping Policy.
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