The following Code was introduced by the International Cricket Council and applies to all test nations in an effort to ensure consistency in applying penalties for breaches of the Code of Player Conduct.
ICC Introduces New Disciplinary Code as of 18/04/02
A new and restructured Players Code of Conduct for
international cricket comes into force from the start of tomorrow's second test match between the West Indies and India in Trinidad.
Approved at last month's ICC Executive Board meeting in Cape Town, the new disciplinary process has been designed to provide a clearer and more consistent Code for the benefit of players and match officials.
"This new Code provides a tougher, but fairer framework for the
international game. There are far more stringent maximum penalties than
previously, but it is also more transparent and will be applied more
consistently than in the past. All players will be fully aware of the
punishments they can expect if they flout the laws in future," said ICC
Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed.
There are four Levels of offences under the new Code of Conduct, each with a set range of penalties that can be imposed by the ICC Match Referee. Another important feature is the introduction of a right of Appeal for the two most serious categories of offence, Levels 3 and 4. Under the previous Code there was no right of Appeal.
Suspended penalties, an option that was widely regarded as ineffective by both officials and players, have been abolished in favour of the direct
penalties adopted in the tougher new regime.
Level 1 Penalty provision
Level 1 penalties will range from an official reprimand and/or a fine of up
to the equivalent of 50% of the player or official's match fee.
Level 1 Offences
1.1 Breach of the ICC Logo Policy, apart from breaches relating to a
commercial logo or players' bat logo
1.2 Abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures
1.3 Showing dissent at an umpire's decision by action or verbal abuse
1.4 Using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or the
making of an obscene gesture
1.5 Excessive appealing
1.6 Pointing or gesturing towards the pavilion in an aggressive manner
by a bowler or other member of the fielding side upon the dismissal of a
Level 2 Penalty provision
Level 2 penalties will range from a fine of the equivalent of between 50% of the player or official's match fee, up to their full match fee and/or a 1
Test Match or 2 ODI Match ban.
Level 2 Offences
2.1 Repeat of any Level 1 Offence within 12 months
2.2 Showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision by action or verbal
2.3 Breach of the Logo Policy relating to a commercial logo or a
player's bat logo
2.4 Public criticism of, or inappropriate comment on a match related
incident or match official
2.5 Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the
course of play
2.6 Charging or advancing towards the umpire in an aggressive manner
2.7 Deliberate and malicious distraction or obstruction on the field of
play (this supplements and does not replace ICC Playing Condition clause 32)
2.8 Throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an
inappropriate and dangerous manner
2.9 Using language that is obscene, offensive or of a seriously
insulting nature to another player, umpire, referee, Team Official or
spectator. (It is acknowledged that there will be verbal exchanges between players in the course of play. Rather than seeking to eliminate these exchanges entirely, umpires will look to lay charges when this falls below an acceptance standard. In this instance, language will be interpreted to include gestures)
2.10 Changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 (this
supplements and does not replace the provisions of Law 42.3).
Level 3 Penalty provision
Penalties for Level 3 offences will range from a ban for the player or match official concerned of between 2 and 4 Test matches or between 4 and 8 ODI matches
Level 3 Offences
3.1 Repeat of any Level 2 Offence within 12 months
3.2 Intimidation of an umpire or referee, whether by language or conduct
3.3 Threat of assault on another player, Team Official or spectator
3.4 Using language or gestures that offends, insults, humiliates,
intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis
of that person's race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic
Level 4 Penalty provision
Penalties for Level 4 Offences will range from a ban of between 5 Test
Matches or 10 ODI matches, up to a life ban for the player or official
Level 4 Offences
4.1 Repeat for any Level 3 Offence within 12 months
4.2 Threat of assault on an umpire or referee
4.3 Physical assault of another player, umpire, referee, official or
4.4 Any act of violence on the field of play
4.5 Using language or gestures that seriously offends, insults,
humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's race, religion, colour, descent or national or
Application of penalties
A weighting has been applied so that each test match is regarded as
equivalent to 2 ODIs. Penalties will be applied in the form of matches
(Test or ODI) in which the player is likely to play. If the player usually
plays only one or other form of the game, the referee will apply the ban for the appropriate form played by the player. The new ICC Players Code of Conduct comes into effect with the start of the second Test match between the West Indies and India, and will apply to all international cricket from that point on.