The ECB is committed to maintaining the highes standards of behaviour and conduct. This code of conduct incorporates the spirit of the cricket, as set out below. It applies to all matches played under the auspices of the ECB and may be applied to cricket in general.
The Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the laws.
Players and Teams Officials must at all times accept the Umpire’s decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manners towards an umpire at any time.
Players and Teams Officials shall not intimidate, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player or a spectator. Players and Teams Officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as ‘sledging’) nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.
Players and Team Officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.
Clubs must take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of their members and supporters towards Players and Umpires.
The spirit of the cricket
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 major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captain.
Responsibility of the captain
The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that pay is conducted within the spirit of the game as well as within the laws.
In the event of any player failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire, criticising their decisions by word or actions, showing dissent or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game in to the disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player’s captain, request the latter take action.
According to the laws 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.
> Time wasting
> Damaging the pitch
> Intimidatory bowling
> Tampering with the ball
> Any other action that they consider to be unfair
> Your opponents
> Your own captain and team
> The role of the umpires
> The game’s traditional value
> To dispute an umpire’s decision by work, action or gesture
> To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire
> To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance
>> Appeal knowing the batsman is not out
>> Advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
>> Seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side.
There is no place for any act of violence of the field play.
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.