Spirit of Cricket Points

  • Umpire's please assess each team's commitment to upholding the Spirit of Cricket

  • 1) The team’s adherence to the principles of the Spirit of the Game, which includes respect for team-mates, opponents, and the role of umpires.

    It is against the spirit of the game to:

    • Direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire;
    • Indulge in cheating such as:
      1. Appealing when knowing the batter is not out;
      2. Advancing towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing;
      3. Seeking 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
  • 2) Co-operation / attitude of players towards the umpires and acceptance of decisions.

    It is against the spirit of the game to dispute an umpire’s decision by word, act or gesture

  • 3) The captains’ acceptance of their responsibility for their player’s behaviour as required under the Laws of Cricket.

    • Captains set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match.
    • Every captain is expected to make an important contribution to play the game in good spirit and fairness
  • Total Spirit of Cricket points (out of 30)

  • Rating Guidelines for Umpires
    10 Behaviour was impeccable and epitomised the true spirit, traditions and values of the game. It was evident at all times that upholding the Spirit of Cricket was the main priority
    8-9 Behaviour was very good and the game was played in very good spirit with respect shown to all players and umpires.
    7 Behaviour was acceptable and incident free with no breaches of the Spirit of Cricket.
    5-6 Behaviour was poor with some breaches in upholding the Spirit of Cricket. Player(s) were cautioned and a generally antagonistic atmosphere created.
    3-4 Behaviour was unacceptable and fell significantly short of upholding the Spirit of Cricket with numerous breaches and / or player(s) reported.
    1-2 Behaviour severely compromised the umpires ability to officiate the match and showed no regard to the Spirit of Cricket with constant breaches and multiple players reported.
  • As a guide:

    • A rating of 7 should be the starting point and indicates a team / captain / player upheld the Spirit of Cricket.
    • A rating of 8 and 9 indicates that behaviour was very good and above the standard expected with no incidents or breaches.
    • A rating of 10 should only be awarded for exemplary behaviour i.e. the team clearly demonstrated at all times that they value upholding the Spirit of Cricket.
    • A rating below 7 indicates less than satisfactory conduct and adherence to the principles of the Spirit of the Game.
    • Total Spirit of Cricket points below 10 (out of 30) means there will be a Breach of Code of Behaviour report.