Excerpts from ICC Rules of Conduct – Offences and Penalties – (supplemental)
The Offences set out at 1.1 to 1.7 below are Level 1 Offences.
PENALTY: The Penalty for a Level 1 Offence shall be an official reprimand and/or a fine of up to the equivalent of 50% of the Player or Official’s match fee (as determined in accordance with sections I (3) and I (4).
1.1 Breach of the Logo Policy save for breaches relating to a commercial logo or player’s bat logo as
1.2 Abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings
1.3 Showing dissent at an umpire’s decision.
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 batsman.
1.7 Public criticism of, or inappropriate comment on a match related incident or match official.
The Offences set out at 2.1 to 2.11 below are Level 2 Offences.
PENALTY: The Penalty for a Level 2 Offence shall be 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.
2.1 Showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision.
2.2 Breach of the Logo Policy relating to a commercial logo or a player’s bat logo as defined therein.
2.3 Serious public criticism of, or inappropriate comment on a match related incident or match
2.4 Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between Players in the course of play.
2.5 Charging or advancing towards the umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing.
2.6 Deliberate and malicious distraction or obstruction on the field of play (this supplements and does not replace ICC Standard Test Match and ODI Playing Conditions clauses 42.2 and 42.3).
2.7 Throwing the ball at or near a Player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner.
2.8 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 acceptable standard.
In this instance, language will be interpreted to include gestures).
2.9 Changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 as read with Standard Test Match and
ODI Playing Conditions clause 42.1 (this supplements and does not replace the provisions of the
Laws of Cricket and Standard Test Match and ODI Playing Conditions).
2.10 Any attempt to manipulate a match in regard to the result, net run rate, bonus points or otherwise. The Captain of any team guilty of such conduct shall be held responsible.
2.11 Failure by a Captain to ensure that his team meets the minimum over rate requirements as
contained in Section J below to the extent as set out in paragraph 5 (c) iii thereof.
The Offences set out at 3.1 to 3.3 below are Level 3 Offences.
PENALTY: The Penalty for a Level 3 Offence shall be a ban for the Player or Team Official concerned of between 2 and 4 Test Matches or between 4 and 8 ODI Matches
3.1 Intimidation of an umpire or Referee whether by language or conduct
3.2 Threat of assault on another Player, Team Official or spectator
3.3 Using language or gestures that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or
vilifies another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, gender, colour, descent or
national or ethnic origin
The Offences set out at 4.1 to 4.4 below are Level 4 Offences.
PENALTY: The Penalty for a Level 4 Offence shall be a ban of between 5 Test Matches or 10 ODI matches up to a life ban for the Player or Official concerned
4.1 Threat of assault on an umpire or Referee
4.2 Physical assault of another Player, umpire, Referee, Official or spectator
4.3 Any act of violence on the field of play
4.4 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, gender, colour,
descent or national or ethnic origin
5.1 Where the facts of or the gravity or seriousness of the alleged incident are not adequately or
clearly covered by any of the above offences, the person laying the charge may allege one of the
(A) breach of Rule C1 – conduct contrary to the spirit of the game; or
(B) breach of Rule C2 – conduct that brings the game into disrepute
The person laying such a charge must specify the level of breach to accompany the charge: for
example, “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game – Level 2” or “conduct that brings the game
into disrepute – Level 1”.
5.2 In deciding penalty, the adjudicator is entitled to and should take into account the prior record of the person charged. See also I 2 below.
5.3 If damage has been caused to any property, the adjudicator may order compensation to the
aggrieved party as part of the penalty.
5.4 In respect of penalties, a weighting has been applied so that each Test match is the equivalent of 2
ODI matches. Penalties are to 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
adjudicator is to apply the ban for the form of the game played by the Player. Furthermore, the
adjudicator shall, as far as possible, impose the ban so as to apply to the next match(es) in which
the Player is scheduled to play. The adjudicator is to specify the number of Test matches and
ODI matches in respect of which the Player is banned. Note: In accordance with the definition of
ODI matches contained in paragraph A above, a Twenty/20 International match shall be dealt
with as an ODI match.
5.5 Where there are separate incidents in the course of the match, the umpire should lay separate
charges. If the adjudicator finds the person charged to be guilty of more than one offence, he
should impose separate penalties in respect of each offence. Penalties in such cases are
cumulative and not concurrent.
5.6 Plea bargaining is not permitted. It is open to the adjudicator to find a Player guilty of an offence in a level lower than that in which he is charged where the constituent elements of the lesser offence are the same. For example, if a Player is charged with serious dissent under clause
CC2.1, it is open to the adjudicator to find the Player guilty under clause CC1.3 of dissent rather
than serious dissent.
5.7 Nothing in this Code of Conduct alters the onus on the Captain to ensure that the Spirit of the Game is adhered to as stated and defined in the preamble to the Laws of Cricket.
5.8 The Player or Official reported shall be entitled to appeal against a finding and/or a penalty
imposed in respect of Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 offences as provided in section H11 and H12.
Similarly, (save where he has laid the charge) the ICC Chief Executive shall be entitled to appeal
against a finding and/or penalty imposed in respect of Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 offences. In
determining the appropriate penalty (if any) on an appeal, it is open to the person hearing the
appeal to increase or decrease the penalty. In addition, if in the opinion of the person hearing the
appeal, the appeal lodged by the appellant is Spurious or Frivolous, the person hearing the appeal
shall be entitled to determine that the costs of the appeal shall be paid by the appellant.