Code of Conduct

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.

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.

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 PSTCA-005-N.Z Constitution.

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.

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 unacceptable.

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.

  • It would 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.
  • In this 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 of Conduct.

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.

In addition to above, a person to whom the code applies must not:

  • Assault or attempt to assault an Umpire, another Player or Spectator; or
  • Abuse, either orally or physically, an Umpire, another Player or Spectator; or
  • Dispute, 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
  • Use crude 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 disrepute; or
  • Use crude or abusive hand signals or other gestures; or
  • Agree 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.

Refusal by 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.

No person accused of a breach of the code of conduct shall be denied natural justice in responding to any allegation of a breach.

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 applied.

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.