IN LEAGUE CRICKET
The Hampshire Cricket League shares
the concern expressed by the Southern Premier League in its recent
circular at the growing incidence of player dissent with umpiring
decisions and the increasing abuse directed at umpires. This has been
discussed by the Management Committee who agree that abuse of umpires
acts against the Spirit of the Game must be dealt with firmly and
speedily, ensuring our umpires know they have our full backing.
The League Constitution together with the ECB
Disciplinary Model Rules, provide for the taking of disciplinary
action for misconduct by players and clubs. It is important that clubs
and players note the
of warnings and suspensions that will now apply.
All offences to be reported should be made in
writing by the umpires or club, before leaving the ground, notify the
player and a representative of both clubs their intention to submit a
report. A copy of the report should be sent to the
League Secretary as soon as
practical and no later than 5 days after the event.
Should a club accept the Umpires or club report
and take action themselves against the offending player in line with
the tariff, they should inform the League Secretary of any ban imposed
and the starting date. The Rules and Disciplinary Committee will take
this into account and, if satisfied, take no further action than to
record the facts and ensure the ban is implemented.
The number of offences are intended to be over a
playing season but could carry over into the following year. The
Disciplinary Committee to notify a player and club of the period at
the time of any ban.
If clubs deal with indiscipline at
source it will help the Rules and Disciplinary Committee and go a long
way to improving behaviour on the field.