Hungarian Cricket Association 2013
Code of Conduct
Revised and Updated April 2013
Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. (Preamble to the Laws, MCC Laws of Cricket)
- The Spirit of Cricket
The Spirit of the Game involves respect for:
- Your opponents
- Your own captain and fellow team members
- The role of the umpires
- The game's traditional values
It is against the Spirit of the Game:
- To dispute an umpire's decision by word, action or gesture
- To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire
- To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:
(a) to appeal knowing that the batsman is not out
(b) to advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
(c) to seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one's own side
- The Captains
The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains. Team captains are expected to set an example in terms of embodying 'The Spirit of Cricket', and to lead in a way which ensures that their players also comply with the expected standards.
- The Players
Every individual player is fully responsible and accountable for their own actions and behaviour at all times, and is liable to appropriate consequences and punishments should they breach this Code of Conduct or the Laws of Cricket (see HCA Disciplinary Procedures and Penalties).
- The Umpires
GOLDEN RULE: THE UMPIRE'S DECISION IS FINAL!
HCA umpires are committed to making every decision to the best of their ability and to their greatest understanding of the Laws. Umpiring mistakes will inevitably occur, but it is required that all umpiring decisions must be accepted and respected by each player and spectator.
Remember: "The umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play" (Law 3.3; Law 42.2).
If you personally do not agree with a decision, you may politely question the umpire about the matter, but you must fully accept the umpire's response without further complaint.
You may not:
- Persist with emotional reaction or complaint once the umpire has made their decision;
- Confront the umpire in any manner;
- Criticise the decision by word or by action;
- Refuse to act on any decision in accordance to the Laws of Cricket.
If your team does not agree with a decision, it is acceptable that the team captain politely approaches the umpire(s) for an explanation, provided that the umpire's response is fully accepted without further complaint.
It is not acceptable that:
- Anyone other than team captains and umpires are involved in such a discussion, unless specifically requested by an umpire (i.e. it is not acceptable for players to crowd or pressure an umpire: if this occurs, it is the umpire's duty to refuse to discuss the matter further until the captain removes the offending players from the discussion).
- Unfair Play
The HCA supports and encourages determined, competitive cricket. However, we firmly condemn deliberately unfair tactics and play, and will treat such inappropriate and unwelcome behaviour harshly.
The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:
- Time wasting
- Damaging the pitch
- Dangerous or unfair bowling
- Tampering with the ball
- Any other action considered unfair (e.g. taking unfair advantage when a player is injured)
More specific rules relating to what constitutes fair or unfair play in cricket can be found in Law 42 of the Official MCC Laws of Cricket.
- Dangerous or Threatening Conduct
Any behaviour that deliberately intends to physically threaten or endanger any person at an HCA event will not be tolerated under any circumstances. If on the field of play, the offender will be required to leave the field and will take no further part in the match.
Sporting Behaviour - a.k.a. 'Gentlemanly Conduct'
Many things cannot be dictated by Laws or stated as 'official requirements', but can improve the spirit of the game. Here are some examples of what improves the spirit of the game...:
- Fielding team applauding the arrival of a new batsman to the crease
- Fielding team joining the applause for a batsman's milestone (e.g. 50 runs)
- Batting team joining the applause for a bowler's milestone (e.g. 5 wickets in an innings)
- Fielders helping umpires by honestly indicating a call of boundary '4' or '6' when it is unclear
- Fielding teams thanking a batsman if he 'walks' despite not being given out by the umpire
- Captains recalling batsmen they know to have been incorrectly given out (Note: the umpire does not have to allow this and may insist on his original decision being upheld)
- All players from both teams shaking the hands of all opponents, umpires and scorers at the completion of the match
...and some examples of what detracts from the spirit of the game:
- Bowlers or fielders appealing when they know that the batsman is not out, or when they have no reasonable grounds to make the appeal (e.g. appealing for LBW from square leg or point).
- Players or spectators celebrating an opposing team's mistake (e.g. dropped catch, misfield), or their own team's success in a way that emphasizes the opposing team's failure (e.g. 'sending off' a batsman).
- Bowlers attempting to run out the non-striker before entering their delivery stride, without first having given the batsman a warning (Note: once the bowler enters their delivery stride - i.e. their back foot lands - the non-striker is permitted by the Laws (Law 42.15) to leave their ground).
The HCA Code of Conduct and the Spirit of Cricket must be respected both on and off the field of play, during and also outside of HCA matches.