This Code of Conduct is adopted by the ECB and is based on internationally accepted standards of practice as set out by the ICC and the MCC in its Spirit of Cricket philosophy. This code has been written in this context whilst being mindful of the need to suitably reflect the domestic playing conditions in the UAE.
The Regional Councils and the DCDC shall be responsible for the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
“Appeal Panel” means a panel set up by DCDC to hear an appeal to a decision made by Regional Council on a disciplinary matter.
“Ball Tampering” means any action or activity that changes or alters the condition of a Match ball in contravention of the Laws of Cricket.
“Approved Tournament,” means any tournament that has been approved by a Regional Council or the ECB.
“DCDC” means the Domestic Cricket Development Committee established by the ECB with responsibility for developing and maintaining a regulatory framework for all domestic cricket activities in the UAE.
“DCDC Appeal Panel” means a panel established by DCDC comprising of a minimum of two non-conflicted DCDC representatives to hear an appeal of a decision taken by a Regional Council.
“Disapproved Cricket” means any cricket activity or event that has not received the formal approval of a Regional Council or the ECB.
“Disciplinary Panel” means a panel of two or more Regional Council Members appointed by their Regional Council to adjudicate on a disciplinary matter at a hearing.
“DCDC Tournament Regulations” means the regulations for Approved Tournaments that have been adopted by the DCDC and that are implemented by the Regional Councils and as amended from time to time.
“ECB” means the Emirates Cricket Board acting in its capacity as the governing body of cricket in the UAE.
“ICC” means the International Cricket Council.
“Laws of Cricket” means the rules and regulations of cricket as set out and approved by the MCC and amended from time to time.
“Match” means any match (either stand alone or part of an Approved Tournament) that has been approved by a Regional Council or the ECB.
“Match Referee” means any independent person who has been appointed by Regional Council or other relevant party as the official match referee for a designated Match.
“MCC” means the Marylebone Cricket Club.
“Player” means any player who is registered with the ECB through a Regional Council, either by a Team or individually.
“Player Support Personnel” means and coach, trainer, manager, selector, team owner, official, doctor or physiotherapist who is employed by, represents, or is otherwise affiliated to a Team.
“Playing Conditions” means any regulations or directives that relate to an Approved Tournament.
“Private Tournament Organizer” means any individual, group of individuals or company that organizes private cricket tournaments having received the permission and approval of the Regional Council in which the tournament is to take place.
“Regional Council” means the regional cricket body affiliated to the ECB and representing one of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman.
“Regional Council Member” means an individual who has been elected or otherwise nominated to sit as an official of a Regional Council.
“Team” means any team that is registered with a Regional Council.
“Team Captain” means the Player who has been appointed by the Team to act as its captain.
“Team Manager” means a person who has been appointed by the Team to act in a managerial capacity or as an official representative for the Team.
“Umpire” means any umpire (including on field and third or fourth umpires) who is appointed by a Regional Council to officiate at a Match.
“Spirit of Cricket” means the respectful way that cricket shall be played in upholding the games traditional values by giving due consideration to all participants, umpires, officials or supporters.
“Serious or Seriously” means a prolonged use of obscene words, gesture, insults or other actions used repeatedly that would reasonably be considered grossly inappropriate, offensive or violent and entirely contrary to the Spirit of Cricket.
Article 1 - Scope and Application
1.1 All Players, Teams, Private Tournament Organizers and Player Support Personnel are automatically bound by and required to comply with all of the provisions of the Code of Conduct. Accordingly, by their participation or assistance in a Player’s participation in any Match or Approved Tournament, such Players or Player Support Personnel shall be deemed to have agreed:
1.1.1 That it is their personal responsibility to familiarize themselves with all of the requirements of the Code of Conduct, including what conduct constitutes an offence, the specified sanctions that apply under the Code of Conduct and the procedures for filing an alleged offence and Code of Conduct disciplinary procedure.
Article 2 - Code of Conduct Offences
The conduct described below if committed by a Player or Player Support Personnel shall amount to an offence by such Player or Player Support Personnel under the Code of Conduct.
2.1 Level 1 Offences:
2.1.1 Abuse of cricket equipment during a Match that shall include any action such as hitting or kicking the wickets. Any action(s) which results in damage to the advertising boards, boundary fences, dressing room doors, mirrors, windows, chairs and other fixtures and fittings or property in general.
2.1.2 Showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during a Match such as but not limited to: (a) Causing an obvious delay in resuming play or leaving the wicket after a dismissal. (b) Staring at the Umpire. (c) Snatching the cap from the Umpire.
2.1.3 Pointing or gesturing towards the pavilion by a bowler or other member of the fielding side upon the dismissal of a batsman during a Match.
2.1.4 Charging or advancing towards the Umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing during a Match and showing an element of anger if an appeal is disallowed.
2.2 Level 2 Offences:
2.2.1 Any Player found playing in any Disapproved Cricket
2.2.2 A Team Captain found to be playing unregistered players and /or fielding players in violation of player’s eligibility criteria as set out in the DCDC Tournament Regulations.
2.2.3 A Player found to be in violation of the player eligibility criteria as per the DCDC Tournament Regulations. 2.2.4 A Player showing Serious dissent at an Umpire’s decision during a Match including the examples given in Article 2.1.1 and when in addition the conduct contains an element of anger or Oral abuse which is directed at the Umpire or the Umpire’s decision.
2.2.5 Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between Players in the course of play during the Match.
2.2.6 Deliberate and malicious distraction or obstruction on the field of play during the Match. For example: Players/ Team Captain/ Player Support Personnel charging on to the field during play to argue with an Umpire.
2.2.7 Throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during the Match.
2.2.8 Changing the condition of the ball (Ball Tampering)
2.2.9 Using language or gesture(s) that is obscene, offensive or of a insulting nature to another Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person during or after the Match.
2.3 Level 3 Offences:
2.31 Threat of assault on an Umpire including verbal threat using abusive language and or verbal threat to bodily harm during or after the Match.
2.3.2 Threat of assault on another Player, Player Support Personnel, or any other person (including a spectator) during the Match.
2.3.3 Any attempt to manipulate a Match including a walkover for inappropriate strategic or tactical reasons.
2.3.4 A Team Captain (irrespective of the reason (s) he may have for a protest) may be charged with an offence if he chooses not to take his side out on the field of play (or instructs his side to leave the field of play before completion of the game) and as a result does not complete a Match.
2.3.5 Team Captains or Player Support Personnel ignoring or disobeying a decision given by a Regional Council or the DCDC notwithstanding their right of protest and Appeals as described in Article 3.
2.3.6 Private Tournament Organizers conducting tournaments in violation of DCDC Tournament Regulations.
2.3.7 Using language or gesture(s) that is/ are Seriously obscene, Seriously offensive or of a Seriously insulting nature to another Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other official during or after the Match.
2.4 Level 4 Offences:
2.4.1 Threat of an assault on an Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person during or after a Match with an aggressive physical contact.
2.4.2 Actual physical assault of another Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person during or after a Match.
2.4.3 Any act of violence on or off the field of play during or after the Match which could or has resulted in physical injury to another Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person during a Match.
2.4.4 Any act of Serious abuse (extensive use of foul language with threats of physical harm) on or off the field of play during or after the Match on any another Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person during or after the Match.
It shall not be a defense to any charge brought under this Article to show that the Umpire might have, or in fact did get any decision wrong.
Article 3 - Reporting Procedure of an Alleged Offense
Where a Code of Conduct offence is alleged to have occurred during a Match that is played as part of a Regional Council Approved Tournament, the Code of Conduct shall apply in full.
3.1 An alleged offence can be reported by an Umpire, Match Referee, Regional Council Member present at the Match, a Team Captain or Team Manager of either team. The offence shall be reported directly to the Regional Council where the Match took place. Only an Umpire, Match Referee, Regional Council Member, Team Captain or Team manager may report an alleged offence.
3.2 The alleged offence should be reported IN WRITING to the appropriate Regional Council Office either via email, hand delivered letter or fax and submitted within 48 hours of the day of the Match or of the occurrence of the alleged offence. Offences reported by any individual other than an Umpire, Match Referee or a Regional Council Member shall be accompanied by an investigation fee of AED 1000.
3.3 Umpires, Team Captains or Team Managers reporting any offence must provide substantial evidence of the offence and be specific in their report as to the precise nature and events leading to the actual offence being committed. One Person’s opinion or statement shall not be considered as evidence without a doubt. If one of the Umpire wishes to submit an offence report it must be signed by both the Umpires officiating in the game.
Article 4 - Process of Decision Making4.1 When a Regional Council Member receives an offence report he/she must promptly inform the concerned individual by email and/or telephone call with an advice that the Player or Player Support Personnel shall have the following two options: 4.2 He/she may admit the offence charged and accede to the proposed sanction specified in the List of Sanctions. The specific sanction must be conveyed precisely. (In this case no hearing is required and concerned Regional Council shall promptly notify all Regional Councils of their decision and Player/Player Support Personnel acceptance of the decision.) 4.3 He / She may deny the offence charged or challenge the proposed Regional Council sanction and decide to request a hearing which shall be held within seven working days. If the offence is denied the matter shall proceed to a hearing and a Regional Council Member must inform the date of the hearing to the concerned individual. 4.4 In the event of an alleged offence proceeding to a hearing the Regional Council shall appoint a Disciplinary Panel that shall include not less than two Regional Council Members. This panel shall adjudicate on the alleged offence.
Article 5 - The Disciplinary Procedure5.1 The Disciplinary Panel and both umpires shall be physically present during the hearing together will all other concerned persons. The non-attendance of any Player or Playe Support Personnel or his/her representative at the hearing shall not prevent the Disciplinary Panel from proceeding with the hearing in his/her absence and issuing a ruling in relation to the offence charged. 5.2 The Regional Council shall as soon as possible after the conclusion of the hearing and, in any event, no later than forty-eight (48) hours announce the decision of its Disciplinary Panel and shall detail sanctions if any that are to be imposed. This will include any fine and or period of suspension, the date that any period of suspension shall come into force and effect, and any rights of appeal that may exist. 5.3 Subject only to the rights of appeal under Article 8, the Regional Council shall be the arbiter of the matter and its decisions will be binding on all parties. 5.4 In the event that an alleged offence is accepted by the accused or upheld by a Disciplinary Panel the Regional Council, in its absolute discretion (and in the absence of an appeal under Article 8) may refund the investigation fee of AED 1000 to the party raising the allegation.
Article 6 - Standard of Proof and Evidence6.1 Unless otherwise described herein, the standard of proof in all cases brought under the Code of Conduct shall be whether Regional Council (or its designated Disciplinary Panel) is comfortably satisfied, bearing in mind the seriousness of the allegation that is made, that the alleged offence has been committed. This standard of proof in all cases shall be determined on a sliding scale from, at a minimum, a mere balance of probability for the least serious offences up to proof beyond a reasonable doubt (for the most serious offences. Umpires will be required to be very specific in their report on the standard of|Proof and Evidence and Regional Councils/ shall ensure that proof beyond reasonable doubt has been provided for most serious offences. 6.2 A Regional Council shall not be bound by judicial rules governing the admissibility of evidence. Instead, facts relating to an offence committed under the Code of Conduct may be established by any reliable means, including admissions.
Article 7 - Sanctions on Players and Player Support Personnel7.1 Where an offence under the Code of Conduct has been committed a Regional Council (or where required its Disciplinary Panel) will be required to impose an appropriate sanction on the Player or Player Support Personnel. 7.2 In order to determine the sanction that is to be imposed in each case, The Regional Council (or where required its Disciplinary Panel) must first consider whether the Player or Player Support Personnel has previously been found guilty of an offence under the same Article of the Code of Conduct within a period of twelve months prior to the date on which the alleged offence took place. Having considered all of the factors pertaining to the case the Regional Council (or where required its Disciplinary Panel) shall determine, in accordance with the following table, what the appropriate sanction(s) should be:
Article 8 - Appeals
8.1 Decisions in relation to a Level 1 offense may not be appealed.
8.2 Appeals by an accused on a Regional Council decision excluding the above may be challenged by an appeal along with an investigation fee of AED 1000 within 48 hours of receipt of the written decision. All appeals must be addressed to DCDC and forwarded to the DCDC Convener by email, hand delivered letter or fax.
8.3 In the event of an appeal DCDC shall establish a DCDC Appeal Panel and conduct an appeal hearing within 7 days of receipt of the appeal request. Any decision made by DCDC under this Article 8.2, shall be the full, final and complete adjudication of the matter and will be binding on all parties.
8.4 In the event that an appeal is upheld by a DCDC Appeal Panel it may, in its absolute discretion, refund the investigation fee of AED 1000 deposited by the accused.
Article 9 - Recognition of Decisions
9.1 Any hearing results or other final adjudications under the Code of Conduct shall be recognized and respected by all Regional Councils automatically upon receipt of notice of the same, without the need for any further clarifications. Each of the Regional Councils shall take all steps legally available to it to enforce and give effect to such decisions.
9.2 It shall be a pre-condition of registration process of Teams with any Regional Council that its Players, Player Support Personnel, Umpires, Match referees and officials and Private Tournament Organizers all sign the DCDC Code of Conduct. The registration of a Team or its Players will not be deemed complete unless all parties involved sign the DCDC Code of Conduct.
Article 10 - Amendment and Interpretation of The Code of Conduct
10.1 The Code of Conduct may be amended from time to time by DCDC with such amendments coming into effect on the date specified by the DCDC.
10.2 The Code of Conduct shall come into full force and effect on 1 October 2014 and as amended in Jan 2016..
10.3 If any Article or provision of this Code of Conduct is held invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, the Code of Conduct shall remain otherwise in full force apart from such Article or provision, which shall be deemed, deleted insofar as it is invalid, unenforceable or illegal.