SRI LANKA ANNUAL QUADRANGULAR CRICKET CODE OF CONDUCT 
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Code of Conduct/Spirit of Cricket/Penal Code

 

  1. 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 it self. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rest with the captains.
  2. The Sri Lankan cricket quadrangular tournament (SLCQ) is committed to maintaining the highest standard of behavior and conduct. This code of conduct incorporates the spirit of cricket as set out below. It applies to all matches played under the SLCQ tournament and maybe applied to cricket in general.
  3. There are two areas in which the responsibility for the team’s conduct is placed firmly on the captain.

 Captains Role:
      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.

Player’s Conduct:
      In the event that any player failing to comply with instructions by an umpire, or criticizing by word or action the decisions of an umpire, or showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the players captain, and instruct the latter to take action.

  1. Players and team officials must at all times accept the umpire’s decision. Players must not show decent at the umpire’s decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards an umpire at anytime.
  2. Players and team officials shall not intimidate, assault, or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player or a spectator.
  3. Players and team officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as sledging) nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.
  4. Players and team officials shall not make racially abusive comment or indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members, and supporters.
  5. The captain and the players must take adequate steps to ensure the good behavior of their players and supporters towards other players and umpires.
  6. Fair and Unfair Play

According to the law 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.

  1. The umpires are authorized to intervene in cases of:
    1. Time Wasting
    2. Damaging the pitch
    3. Dangerous or unfair bowling
    4. Tampering with the ball
    5. Any other action that they consider to be unfair
  2. The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:
    1. Your opponents
    2. Your own captain and team
    3. The role of the umpires
    4. The Game’s traditional values
  3. It is against the spirit of the Game:
    1. To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture.
    2. To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire.
    3. To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:

                                          i.      To appeal knowing that the batsman is not out
                                         ii.      To advance toward an umpire in an aggressive manner when   appealing
                                        iii.      To seek to distract either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm or motivation of one’s own side.

  1. Violence

There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.

  1. In the event of a team walking out of the field over a dispute/disagreement under any circumstances.
  2. Players

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.

Penal Code

Penalties would be categorized into Minor or Major depending on the severity of the offense based on the judgment of the Umpires.  If either umpire considers an action unfair he shall intervene without appeal and if the ball is in play call and signal dead ball and implement the procedures mentioned below:

Minor

This includes:

    • Time Wasting
    • Damaging the pitch
    • Dangerous or unfair bowling
    • Tampering with the ball
    • Any other action that they consider to be unfair
    • 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:

                 i.      To appeal knowing that the batsman is not out
                 ii.      To advance toward an umpire in an aggressive manner when     appealing
                 iii.      To seek to distract either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm or motivation of one’s own side.

Major

This includes acts such as:

    • Players and team officials involving in acts of intimidation, assault, or attempting to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player or a spectator.
    • Players and team officials involving in acts of crude and/or abusive language (known as sledging) nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.
  • Players and team officials involving in acts of racially abusive comment or indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members, and supporters.

Penalties

 Minor

If the offense is Minor then one and only warning is given to the player or players and the captain is informed. Any other infraction by the same player or players will result in that team being subject to forego 1 over of their bowling innings or forego 1 over of their battings innings depending on the team causing the infraction.

 Major

    • If the infraction is major (based on the sole discretion of the umpire/facilitator) then the player is immediately disqualified in participating from the rest of the tournament.
    • If a member of a team is disqualified, the team can field with a substitute fielder, will loose a batting position. (i.e., cannot substitute for batting)
    • If a team disagrees with the umpire/facilitator disqualification and refuses to continue with the game, then that team is considered to have forfeited the game

 

GENERAL PENALTIES

1). All the players have the right to complain to the officials through their Captain about      any misconduct of a player or a team.
2)   Under no circumstances shall a player or players approach the umpire to discuss or dispute any controversies.
3). The umpires have the power to eject any player (including batsman) except Captain of the team after consulting the match referee.
4). In the event of an ejection taking place, team Captain has the right to dispute that and appeal the decision to the match referee. The game will be stop for maximum of 10 minutes. The officials must resolve this problem with in ten minutes after the game stops. If this problem is not solved within 10 minutes by the officials, game should continue with new player (if batsman next in line to bat) from the reserves squad while officials try to resolve the issue. If Officials can not come to a conclusion within 30 minutes after the game resumes, Umpires decision stands.
(4.a). If the dispute concerns occur with last pair of batsman, then officials have total of 10 minutes to resolve the problem. If the teams are not satisfied with official’s decision or time runs out, which ever team got the most runs wins.
(4.b). If final result of the match came within this disputed time periods, that’s the final result of that match.
(5 ) In the event of substitution on the field  New Player (reserve) may not bat, bowl, keep wicket or act as captain. The original player may return if he has recovered. To be able to do this umpires should be consulted before he joins the team for fielding. A  captain can not object to  the substitution or where the fielder stands.  If a fielder fails to take the field with his side at the start of the match or at any later time, or leaves the field during a session of play, the umpire shall be informed of the reason for his absence, and he shall not thereafter come on to the field during a session of play without the consent of the umpire.
(6)  If a batsman "retires" (usually due to injury) and cannot return, he is actually "not out" and his retirement does not count as a dismissal, though in effect he has been dismissed because his innings is over. Substitute batsmen are not allowed.
In the event of an injured batsman being fit to bat but not to run, the umpires and the fielding captain may allow another member of the batting side to be a runner. The runner's only task is to run between the wickets instead of the injured batsman. The runner is required to wear and carry exactly the same equipment as the incapacitated batsman. It is possible for both batsmen to have runners.
(7)  The umpires shall have discretion, for other wholly acceptable reasons, to allow a substitute for a fielder, or a runner for a batsman, at the start of the match or at any subsequent time.

 (8). If  a team walks out of the field after officials decision, That team has 10 more minutes to return to the field and resume the match or get disqualified from the tournament. Then the opponent team will be declared the winner.   
(9)  Any team which caused a Major or Minor violation may be allowed to continue to play in the next game depending on the decision of the umpires. 

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Selva Selvendran                                                                   Dr. Asoka Wijetillake

 

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Dr. Manjrikar Gunaratne                                                    Lucky Gunawardene

 

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     Suren Perera                                                                  Senaka Senanayake

 

As Captains of the respective cities we agree to abide by the code of conduct/sprit of cricket and penal code.

 

 

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West Palm Beach                                                                  Orlando

 

 

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Tampa                                                                                    Miami

 

 

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