Spirit of Cricket and Discipline of Anchor City Championship (ACC)

  1. Cricket owes much of its appeal and enjoyment to the fact that it should be played not only according to the laws but also within the spirit of Cricket.
  2. The major responsibility for ensuring fair play rests with the captains, but extends to all players, umpires and coaches.
  3. Respect is central to the spirit of Cricket, respect your captain, team-mates, opponents, organisers and the authority of the umpires.
  4. Play hard and play fair.
  5. Accept the umpire’s decision.
  6. Create a positive atmosphere by your own conduct, and encourage others to do likewise.
  7. Show self-discipline, even when things go against you.
  8. Congratulate the opposition on their successes, and enjoy those of your own team.
  9. Thank the officials and your opposition at the end of the match, whatever the result.
  10. Cricket is an exciting game that encourages leadership, friendship and teamwork, which brings together people from diverse cultures and religions, especially when played within the Spirit of Cricket.

Discipline Criteria

  1. Umpires decision will be the final one in case of ball delivery during an over.
  2. The umpires shall control the game as required by the Playing Conditions, with absolute impartiality.
  3. Sportobuddy will deploy only qualified, experienced and impartial umpires for all the ACC tournaments.
  4. Neither team will have a right of objection to the appointment of any umpire or match referee.
  5. Any objection taken against the Umpire by a batsman, a bowler, an opposing captain, or any other team member will not be entertained.
  6. An umpire shall not be changed during the match, other than in exceptional circumstances, unless he/she is injured or ill.
  7. Before the match the umpires shall consult with Sportobuddy to determine the balls to be used for the Matches.
  8. Before the toss and during the match, the umpires shall satisfy themselves that the wickets are properly pitched, the creases are correctly marked, the boundary of the field of play complies with the requirements.
  9. Before the toss and during the match, the umpires shall satisfy themselves that the conduct of the match is strictly in accordance with these Playing Conditions. 1. Ball 2. Visibility 3. Size of the Stumps 4. Bails
  10. The umpires shall be the sole judges of fair and unfair play.
  11. The Umpires are authorized to intervene in cases of:
    1. Time wasting
    2. Damaging the pitch
    3. Dangerous or unfair bowling
    4. Tampering with the ball
    5. To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture
    6. To direct abusive language towards an opponent or an umpire
    7. Cheating or any other practice, for instance:
    8. Appeal knowing that the batsman is not out
    9. To advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
    10. 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.
  12. It is solely for the umpires together to decide whether either conditions of ground, weather or light or exceptional circumstances mean that it would be dangerous or unreasonable for play to take place.

Conditions shall be regarded as dangerous if there is actual and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire.

Discipline / Yellow and Red Cards

  1. Yellow Card:
    1. Offences include excessive appealing and showing dissent at an umpire’s decision. Following this there will be an official warning, post official warning 2nd offence will result in yellow card to that player.
    2. Offences like including throwing the ball at a player or making deliberate physical contact with an opponent during play, will result in the immediate awarding of yellow card to the player.
    3. Two Yellow cards in a match will result in Red Card and will result in the removal of the player from the field for rest of the match on that day. (Two Yellow cards in a match will result in suspension of the player in the next match).
    4. No player can talk on the mobile phones on the field and is also not allowed to keep the phones with umpires. If found guilty, it will result in awarding of Yellow Card to the player/s.
    5. No one will be allowed to go to the cameraman for replays and no decision will be overturned. Live feed is not for the referrals and decisions. Live feeds are only for the updates of the match.
    6. Anyone charging the camera crew for the above will be awarded Yellow Card Immediately.
    7. In the event of the batsman found guilty of using offensive language on the field such as:Swearing at the umpire, or any other player or spectator, Showing dissent at the umpire’s decision ,Manhandling an umpire, the bowler, the fielder, batsman or spectator and / or Kicking the stumps or hitting the stumps with the bat when given out will result in a Yellow Card.
  2. Red Card:
    1. Offences like intimidating an umpire or threatening to assault another player, team official or spectator will result in a Red Card to the player and removal of the offending player from the field for rest of the match.
    2. Offences like threatening an umpire or committing any act of violence on the field of play, will result in result in a Red Card and removal of the offending player for the remainder of the match. If the player is batting at the time of the offence, he will be recorded as ‘retired out’.
    3. Any player found drinking Alcohol on the ground/dressing rooms/premises of the ground would be given Red Card and will result in removal of player for rest of the match on that day and would not be allowed to play the next match also.
  3. Any player found misbehaving with the organising staff / organising committee / organising management of Sportobuddy will be immediately terminated from the club without any prior notice and membership fees will be forfeited. It is the captain’s duty to maintain the level of discipline with his players. In case of any such incident of termination, the team also will lose 200 points from the Championship Points
  4. An individual player may be given a drink either on the boundary edge or at the fall of a wicket, on the field, provided that no playing time is wasted. No other drinks shall be taken onto the field without the permission of the umpires. Only Sportobuddy Volunteers will be allowed to carry the drinks to the players with the permission of the umpires.
  5. In calculating the actual over rate for the match, allowances shall be given as follows:
    1. The time lost because of treatment given to a player by authorised medical personnel,
    2. The time lost because of a player being required to leave the field because of an acute injury,
    3. The time lost because of time wasting by the batting side,
    4. The time lost due to all other circumstances that are beyond the control of the fielding side.
  6. In the event of any time allowances being granted to the fielding team (time wasting by batting team), then such time shall be deducted from the allowances granted to such batting team in the determination of its over rate.

Please Note:

  1. Sportobuddy will not be responsible for any loss/damage/injury occurring during the tournament or after the tournament. A first aid kit will be provided at the venue but in case of a player needing immediate medical attention, all medical expenses will have to be borne by the player. Under no circumstances, the organizers will be held liable for any such expenses.
  2. Sportobuddy will not be responsible for any personal/material loss during the tournament or after the tournament.
  3. Sportobuddy is not responsible for the cancellation or postponement of the matches/tournament due to any unforeseen/natural circumstances that may be beyond control.
  4. Request for the postponement and/or shifting of matches shall not be entertained.
  5. Sportobuddy believes in sporting fun along with safety of all the players, we urge you to use the best of your helmets and guards which is prescribed by your coaches and team consultants.
  6. Sportobuddy will not be responsible for any personal/material loss or theft during the tournaments or after the tournaments.
  7. If any team walks out of the ground for whatsoever reasons without the umpire’s consent, it will be deemed that the team has forfeited the game and points with bonus will be given to the opposite team.
  8. In matter of doubts/issues/queries not covered by the tournament rules, the decision of the Organizing committee present on the ground will be final and binding upon all concerned as per the standard rule.
    Sportobuddy reserves the rights to all decisions pertaining to any issues/concerns raised during and after the tournament.