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Classification of First-Class Matches

Definitions

i.

A match of three or more days' duration between two sides of eleven players played on natural turf pitches on international standard grounds and substantially conforming with standard playing conditions shall be regarded as a First-Class fixture.

ii.

In the following Rules the term 'governing body' is restricted to Full Members and Associate Members of the Council.

Rules

i.

Full Members of the International Cricket Council shall decide the status of matches of three or more days' duration played in their countries.

ii.

In matches of three or more days' duration played in countries which are not Full Members of the International Cricket Council, except Bangladesh and Kenya [refer (c) (xi)]:

 

a.

If the visiting team comes from a country which is a Full Member of the International Cricket Council, that country shall decide the status of matches.

 

b.

If the visiting team does not come from a country which is a Full Member of International Cricket Council, or is a Commonwealth team composed of players from different countries, the International Cricket Council shall decide the status of matches.

Note (i)

Governing Bodies agree that the interest of First-Class cricket will be served by ensuring that First-Class status is not accorded to any match in which one or other of the teams taking part cannot on a strict interpretation of the definition be adjudged First-Class.

Note (ii)

In case of any disputes arising from these Rules, the Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council shall refer the matter for decision to the Council, failing unanimous agreement by postal communication being agreed.


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