PUNJAB STATE TWENTY20 CRICKET ASSOCIATION (PSTCA-005-N.Z)
The PSTCA-005-N.Z shall apply a Code of Conduct based on
sportsmanship, fair play, and consideration for the efforts and
responsibilities of others.
What is the Code? - Definition.
At all times, on and off the field, at PSTCA-005-N.Z functions,
matches and, in relation to PSTCA-005-N.Z Management affairs,
officials, players, and all others to whom this Code applies
shall conduct themselves in a appropriate manner as to promote
the good name of cricket, the work of the PSTCA-005-N.Z and the
affiliated Associations/Organization with which the player,
official or other person may be a member of, or representing.
does it apply?
The Code applies to all Playing Members, and all
Associations Members, parents, officials and others
participating in the activities of the PSTCA-005-N.Z & its
state/city Twenty20 cricket associations and having an
affiliation with the PSTCA-005-N.Z as provided for in the
Code as applied to players.
When playing the game players shall at all times conduct
themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. Swearing, sledging (see
definition below), the display of disagreement by verbal comment
or gestures with rulings and/or decisions and, any other conduct
likely to be prejudicial to the good name of the sport and the
interests of the PSTCA-005-N.Z is totally unacceptable.
Code as applied to others.
All officials, coaches, managers, Associations supporters,
and others having membership of the PSTCA-005-N.Z, attending
matches organized by, or involving PSTCA-005-N.Z Representation,
shall conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times.
Actions and behavior likely to bring the PSTCA-005-N.Z into
disrepute or to tarnish the good name of cricket are totally
In addition, anyone entering the field of play at any time
without the prior approval of the Umpire(s) controlling the
match, except in the case of a medical or accident emergency
requiring immediate response in the interests of player/umpire
welfare, shall breach the Code of Conduct.
Associations members attending matches as spectators who
interfere with the conduct of matches, or with the work of
Associations officials carrying out their duties at Association
organised Twenty20 matches , or act in a manner detrimental to
the good of the game, shall breach the Code of Conduct.
Association’s members who interfere with the responsibilities of
PSTCA-005-N.Z Management, or who through their actions,
undermine the authority and functions of the PSTCA-005-N.Z,
shall breach the Code of Conduct. Actions of the nature
described above may lead to disciplinary action.
What is Sledging?
For the purposes of the PSTCA-005-N.Z Code of Conduct sledging
is defined as, "The giving of comments, insults and /or gestures
by a player of one team to another of the opposition team
causing personal offence and distraction such as to detract from
that player's ability to play the game."
be expected that to constitute a cause for complaint any player
so offended will request that such actions discontinue
immediately and, failure by the offender to do so will, in turn,
constitute a prima facie case of sledging.
event the player affronted should report it immediately to the
Umpire who may take action under Law 42. Following the day's
play, the Player and/or the Umpire should also report the
incident in writing through his/her Associations/organisation
should either wish to make a complaint of a breach of the Code
file a complaint and how?
Any Associations member, official, player, umpire, or member
of PSTCA-005-N.Z Management may make a complaint.
A complaint must be lodged in writing through the Secretary of
the Associations affiliated with PSTCA-005-N.Z and received
within seven days of the alleged occurrence. It shall state the
nature of the allegation and all the circumstances relating to
the matter. In instances of bad language leading to a complaint
the Complainant must, in the process, be prepared to specify the
words used and the context in which delivered.
A complaint arising out of a match and initiated by a
Association official being part of that match must be submitted
as an Incident report. An Incident report is deemed to comply
with the requirement for lodging a complaint in writing.
Rules of the Code
In addition to above, a person to whom the code applies must
attempt to assault an Umpire, another Player or Spectator; or
either orally or physically, an Umpire, another Player or
as distinct from question, an Umpire's decision, or react in an
obviously provocative or disapproving manner towards an Umpire,
his/her decisions, or generally following an Umpire's decision;
or abusive language or engage in any form of conduct likely to
be against the spirit of the game or to bring the game into
or abusive hand signals or other gestures; or
attempt to obtain agreement between players and/or officials to
produce a match result by methods such as unusual declarations,
deliberate loss of wickets, or any other action that offends
against the principles of fair play.
a person to supply his/her full name and address (if any) upon
request by a person eligible to lodge a complaint constitutes a
Breach of the Code and may be dealt with in accordance with the
provisions existing for all such matters.
Fundamentals of the Code of Conduct Processes.
No person accused of a breach of the code of conduct shall
be denied natural justice in responding to any allegation of a
The PSTCA-005-N.Z Match Review Committee (hereafter the
Committee) shall be the body responsible for assessing all
reports and where it is clear to that Committee from an initial
(prima facie) examination of the information reported that a
breach has occurred it shall act on the matter immediately. In
so doing it is empowered to determine a penalty where warranted.
Within the limits prescribed by the Constitution (Para 9.3) such
penalty shall be limited to one or any number of the following:
• Issue a warning or reprimand
• Require an apology (be it verbal or written)
• Impose a monetary penalty on the offender
• Suspend for a period determined by the Committee
Note: Failure by a person to comply with a penalty
determined by the Committee will automatically mean that person
shall take no further part in cricket activities until the
penalty requirements have been satisfied.
The Committee upon being made aware of a complaint, being an
allegation of a breach of the Code of Conduct, shall forthwith
require the person alleged to have committed the breach to
appear before it as soon as possible and prior to the
commencement of the next round.
The PSTCA-005-N.Z Committee can only proceed to a decision if
the offender pleads guilty. Should guilt be denied at the
hearing then the matter must be referred to a Judiciary
Committee. The Chairman of the Match Review Committee will then
be responsible for advocating the case before the Judiciary. No
disciplinary action can be taken against the alleged offender in
the period pending a Judiciary hearing.
Upon a person pleading guilty to the allegation and a penalty
determined, the Chairman of the Match Review Committee shall
inform the Secretary of the offender's Association of that
penalty within 24 hours of the determination. It will be the
responsibility of that person to ensure that the penalty is
Upon referral to a Judiciary it is incumbent upon that body to
immediately set and publicize a date for hearing (and that date
shall be no later than three weeks after the date of the Review
Committee hearing). It is the responsibility of the Chair of the
Match Review Committee to draw up the charge(s). The gaining of
statements from parties involved must be a priority matter and
be in the hands of the Judiciary no later than three days prior
to the hearing.