Traditionally, cricket has aimed to maintain the highest levels of player conduct and sportsmanship. While always a very competitive game, the continued strength of the sport has relied upon the acceptance of the umpire's decision and the preparedness to play within the spirit of the game.
The areas of major concern which are unacceptable to Cricket Victoria are:
• The use of offensive language, generally as a disparaging remark to an opposing player or towards an umpire, or as an expression of frustration or self-admonishment. This includes racial or religious vilification, which is any act that is reasonably likely to threaten, disparage, vilify, offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or group based on race, religion, descent, colour or national or ethnic origin.
• The questioning/disputing of the umpire's decision, often in an aggressive or sarcastic manner. This applies equally to dismissals and unsuccessful appeals as to the judgment of calls on no-balls, wides, byes, etc.
• The excessive number of frivolous and ridiculous appeals, primarily aimed at pressuring and intimidating the umpire into a favourable decision.
• The actions of the dismissed batsman in failing to leave the crease promptly on being given out, and equipment abuse (e.g. banging the bat into the ground or against the fence, or throwing the bat, gloves or equipment during or after their departure from the playing surface on return to the pavilion).
• Send offs to a dismissed batsman by the bowler or a member of the fielding team. This can often inflame the situation and lead to a more serious altercation.
Whether or not such behaviour is evident in international or interstate cricket, or whether the language used is considered socially acceptable, is of little concern. The primary consideration is that cricket is played within the spirit and traditions of the game.
There are two processes for reporting unsatisfactory behaviour:
• Serious breaches (Level 1): where the umpire/s speak to a player regarding their behaviour but do not believe a report is necessary, the incident will be noted on the umpires’ match report and the player will receive a caution. If a player receives three such cautions in a season, they will be reported by the Premier Cricket Manager. (See Premier Rule 11.2 and following sections.)
• Serious breaches of misbehaviour (Levels 2, 3, 4) will see the player immediately reported by the umpires. (Refer Premier Rule 11.1 and the section which follows: any behaviour against the Spirit of Cricket or Code of Conduct or MCC Laws of Cricket.
If a player is found guilty of an act of misconduct, they will be liable to such penalty as is considered appropriate by the CV Tribunal.