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Introduction

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It is the opinion of the Bradford Premier League Management Board that abuse, dissent and violent conduct must be removed from the game of cricket. Following consultation with all stake holders the league's disciplinary procedures have been revised. Bradford Premier League umpires have a responsibility for reporting unsatisfactory conduct by member clubs, their players, officials or supporters. Umpires may award five penalty runs where they consider the team and or individual are not abiding by the ECB Code of Conduct. This will form part of the disciplinary procedure.

Unsatisfactory conduct shall include, but not be limited to: 
Dissent at an umpire’s decision or reaction in a provocative or disapproving manner, whether verbal or written. 
Physical abuse, intimidation, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, official, player or spectator. 
The use of crude, foul or abusive language or the making of offensive gestures or hand signals whether directed at an individual or otherwise. 
Excessive sledging of an opponent or persistent appealing in order to put pressure on an umpire. 
Any form of abuse or discrimination, relating to race, religion, creed, or of any other nature. Wilful damage to property, equipment or playing surface. 
Ungentlemanly conduct or any other action that is likely to bring the League, Club or Game of Cricket into disrepute or prejudice its good name or interests. 
Repeated infringements of the Spirit of Cricket either by an individual or a team, where each Infringement, in itself, does not warrant any disciplinary action. (Such instances will result in a Disciplinary Hearing and the captain will be held responsible for the conduct of his team). 

Reporting 
Umpires should report all incidents of unsatisfactory conduct, as per disciplinary procedures, using the umpires' report card and or the new Disciplinary Report Form. Reports should be succinct and record what happened and what was said. 
Click here for Report Form 

Action

1. The umpires at the game will determine the appropriate level of the offence committed.

2 The umpires will submit a disciplinary report to the League Disciplinary Officer clearly stating the facts and identifying the level of offending within 48 hours.


3 The umpires will notify the player[s] concerned and the captain that they intend to submit a disciplinary report before leaving the ground on the day of the game

4 Upon receipt the League Disciplinary Officer in consultation with disciplinary committee members will review the report – he will have the power to confirm or amend the categorisation of any alleged offence should he feel necessary. This could be either to increase or reduce the level of the alleged offence. He will notify the player via his club and the umpires whenever it is felt necessary to amend the categorisation of an alleged offence.

5 The effect of a level 1 offence being reported will be a 7 day suspension (14 days in the event of a second or subsequent level 1 offence in the same season).

6 The effect of a level 2 offence being reported will be a 14 day suspension [A second or subsequent offence [of any level] will result in an immediate 21 day suspension and the need for a Disciplinary Hearing.

7 The suspension will commence on the Thursday following the date of the report, unless a request for a Disciplinary Hearing has been lodged with the League Disciplinary Officer, specifying the grounds for seeking a hearing and paying a deposit of £75 prior to 7pm on the Thursday following the date of the report.

8 Any alleged offence of a higher level than level 2 will require a disciplinary hearing.

9 Disciplinary hearings will normally take place during the second week following the report. The Disciplinary Officer will require a report from the player involved, the Captain and the club concerned which should be received prior to the hearing.

10 The player, his captain and a club representative will attend the hearing and will be asked to present their case.

11 The hearing will be conducted by the disciplinary Committee which will consist of no less than three persons.

12 The Disciplinary committee will have the power to reduce or increase the penalty imposed and will also have the power to impose any other sanctions in accordance with the Leagues Disciplinary guidelines.

13 A player or club will have the right to Appeal as per the Leagues Disciplinary Guidelines.