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Code of Conduct

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.

2.

There are serious allegations that some international cricket matches may have been tainted by bribery and match fixing.

3.

Players and Team Officials must at all times accept the Umpire's decision. Players must not show dissent at the Umpire's decision.

4.

Players and Team Officials shall not intimidate, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an Umpire, another Player or a Spectator.

5.

Players and Team Officials shall not use crude or abusive language (known as "sledging") nor make offensive gestures.

6.

Players and Team Officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.

7.

Players and Team Officials shall not disclose or comment upon any alleged breach of the Code or upon any hearing, report or decision arising from such breach.

8.

Players and Team Officials shall not make any public pronouncement or media comment which is detrimental either to the game in general; or to a particular tour in which they are involved; or about any tour between other Countries which is taking place; or to relations between the Boards of the competing Teams.

9. Players and Team Officials shall not engage, directly or indirectly, in betting, gambling or any form of financial speculation on the outcome of any cricket match to which this Code applies and in which the Player is a participant or with which a Team Official is associated or on any event which, in the opinion of the Referee, shall be connected with any such cricket match the purpose (or pretended purpose) of which is to benefit such Player or Team Official either directly or indirectly whether financially or otherwise. Players and Team Officials shall not accept any form of inducement which is considered by the Referee to be likely to affect the performance of any Player involved in any such cricket match adversely.

Application, Interpretation and Enforcement of the Code

1.

The Code shall apply:

 

a.

To Players and, where applicable, to Team Officials of both teams for all Test Matches and One Day International Matches ('Test Matches and ODIs') and

 

b.

To players, and where applicable, to Team Officials of official touring teams for all matches, other than Test matches and ODIs ('Other Matches') with such modifications as ICC shall consider necessary in the absence of a Referee for Other Matches.

 

c.

The cricket boards wish to provide ICC the jurisdiction to deal with serious disciplinary matters and, in particular, matters relating to match fixing and bribery, and other serious matters for example drugs policy.

2.

The Code shall also apply to Associate and Affiliate Members of the ICC, although its application, interpretation and enforcement shall be determined in the way deemed most suitable by those concerned with the running of the game at these levels.

3.

Breaches of the Code shall be deemed also to include a breach of any ICC Regulation in force from time to time, including (without limitation) those relating to advertising on cricket clothing and equipment, and, in Test Matches, those relating to minimum Over Rates.

4.

The Code, breach of which may render a Player or Team Official liable to disciplinary action, shall be enforced:

a.

In the case of Test Matches and ODIs in accordance with procedures and guidelines laid down for the Referee; and

b.

In the case of Other Matches, in such manner as ICC shall consider appropriate at the time when the incident occurs which shall, as far as is practicable, follow the procedures and guidelines laid down for the Referee.

5.

A breach of Clause 8 of the Code of Conduct shall be dealt in the following way:

a.

If the breach occurs during any stage of a tour, except a breach concerning or relating to a non international match, it shall be the duty of the Referee to take any action that he shall deem necessary.

b.

If the breach concerns or relates to a non-international match or occurs once a tour is over, it shall be up to the home Board of the Player or Official concerned to take any necessary action.

At the start of a tour, the Referee should make it clear to Players and Team Officials that he will investigate and adjudicate anything that might be said or written during a tour other than during a non international match and which may constitute a breach of the Code.


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