SANCTIONS ON PLAYERS AND TEAM OFFICIALS

Where a Match Referee or Commissioner determines that an offence under the Code of Conduct has been committed, he/she will be required to impose an appropriate sanction on the Player or Team Official.

7.2 In order to determine the sanction that is to be imposed in each case, the Match Referee or Commissioner must first consider whether the Player or Team Official has previously been found guilty of an offence under the same Article of the Code of Conduct (or any predecessor regulations that may have applied) in any previous Matches during the same Season or in any Matches in the Season immediately prior to that in which the alleged offence took place (together the “Previous Sanction Period”). The IPL Chief Operating Officer will maintain a register of all reports of alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct. The register must record the outcome of any hearings and appeals including any sanctions imposed.

7.3 Once the Match Referee or Commissioner has established whether there was an offence under the same Article of the Code of Conduct (or any predecessor regulations) within the Previous Sanction Period, then he/she shall go on to take into account any other factors that he/she deems relevant and appropriate to the mitigation or aggravation of the nature of the Code of Conduct offence (including, without limitation, the nature and frequency of any previous offences under the Code of Conduct) before determining, in accordance with the following table, what the appropriate sanction(s) should be: 

                 

LEVEL OF OFFENCE

 

RANGE OF PERMISSIBLE SANCTIONS

(FIRST OFFENCE)

 

 

RANGE OF PERMISSIBLE SANCTIONS

(ONE OTHER OFFENCE

IN THE PREVIOUS SANCTION PERIOD)

 

 

RANGE OF PERMISSIBLE SANCTIONS

(TWO OTHER OFFENCES

IN THE PREVIOUS SANCTION PERIOD)

 

 

RANGE OF PERMISSIBLE SANCTIONS

(THREE OR MORE OTHER OFFENCES

IN THE PREVIOUS SANCTION PERIOD)

 

 

Level 1

Warning/reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine of up to 50% of the applicable Match Fee.

 

The imposition of a fine of between 50-100% of the applicable Match Fee and/or a suspension of up to two (2) Matches.

The imposition of a suspension of between two (2) and eight (8) Matches.

The imposition of a suspension of between eight (8) Matches and a suspension of one (1) year.

 

Level 2

The imposition of a fine of between 50-100% of applicable Match Fee and/or a suspension of up to two (2) Matches.

 

The imposition of a suspension of between two (2) and eight (8) Matches.

The imposition of a suspension of between eight (8) Matches and a suspension of one (1) year.

The imposition of a suspension of between one (1) and five (5) years.

 

Level 3

The imposition of a suspension of between four (4) and eight (8) Matches.

The imposition of a suspension of between eight (8) Matches and a suspension of one (1) year.

The imposition of a suspension of between one (1) year and a lifetime.

n/a

 

Level 4

The imposition of a suspension of between eight (8) Matches and a lifetime.

 

The imposition of a suspension of between one (1) year and a lifetime.

n/a

n/a

 

Minimum Over Rate Offences

 

 

See specific sanctions described in Article 4 of Appendix 2.



7.4 For the avoidance of any doubt:

7.4.1 the Match Referee or Commissioner will have no jurisdiction to adjust, reverse or amend the results of any Match;

7.4.2 where a Player or Team Official is found guilty of committing two separate Code of Conduct offences that do not relate to the same incident or set of circumstances arising during a Match and sanctioned separately for each offence, then any sanctions should run cumulatively (and not concurrently);

7.4.3 where a Player or Team Official is found guilty of committing two Code of Conduct offences in relation to the same incident or set of circumstances arising during a Match and sanctioned separately, then any sanctions imposed should run concurrently (and not cumulatively);

7.4.4 nothing in the Code of Conduct shall permit plea bargaining in relation to any alleged offence committed under the Code of Conduct;

7.4.5 where the Match Referee or Commissioner finds a Player or Team Official not guilty of the offence allegedly committed under the Code of Conduct, then it remains open to him/her, at his/her discretion, to find the Player or Team Official guilty of an offence of a lower level than that with which he/she has been charged. For example where a Player or Team Official has been charged with (but been found not guilty of) the Level 2 Offence of ‘showing serious dissent at an Umpire’s decision’ (Article 2.2.1), the Match Referee may, instead, find the Player or Team Official guilty of the Level 1 Offence of ‘showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision’ (Article 2.1.3) and impose an appropriate sanction; and

7.4.6 where a fine and/or costs award is imposed against a Player or Team Official, then such fine and/or costs award must be paid: (a) by the Player or Team Official (and not any other third party, including a Franchisee); (b) to BCCI within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the decision imposing the fine. However, BCCI will consider any request from any Player or Team Official to make the payment of such fines and/or costs over a prolonged period of time on the grounds of financial hardship. Should any fine and/or costs award (or agreed part-payment or instalment thereof) not be paid to BCCI within such deadline or by the time of the next agreed payment date, the Player or Team Official may not play, coach or otherwise participate or be involved in any capacity in any Match or in any matches representing any Franchisee (such as friendly matches or warm-up matches) or IPL Event until such payment has been satisfied in full.

7.5 Prohibited activities during suspension

7.5.1 Where a Player or Team Official has been suspended for a period of time, he/she may not play, coach or otherwise participate or be involved in any capacity in Match(es) for any Team or in any matches representing any Franchisee (such as friendly matches or warm-up matches) or IPL Events which take place during the period of his/her suspension. He/she may play, coach or otherwise participate or be involved in another capacity in cricket other than (a) Matches for any Team or (b) any matches representing a Franchisee.

7.5.2 Where a Player or Team Official has been suspended for a number of Matches, then, in addition, he/she may not play, coach or otherwise participate or be involved in any capacity in any matches representing any Franchisee (such as friendly matches or warm-up matches) or IPL Events which take place during the period of his/her suspension (from the Suspension Date until the end of the day of the last Match of the suspension). He/she may play, coach or otherwise participate or be involved in another capacity in cricket other than in relation to (a) Matches for any Team or (b) any matches representing any Franchisee.

NOTE: For the avoidance of any doubt, a Player or (where relevant) Team Official who has been suspended for a number of Matches or a fixed period of time shall not, during the Matches which are covered by his/her period of suspension:

(a) be nominated as, or carry out any of the duties or responsibilities of, a substitute fielder; or

(b) enter any part of the playing area (which shall include, for the avoidance of doubt, the field of play and the area between the boundary and perimeter boards) at any time, including during any scheduled or unscheduled breaks in play.

In addition, any Team Official so sanctioned shall not be permitted to enter the players’ dressing room (including the viewing areas) during any Match covered by his/her period of suspension. Players so sanctioned will, however, be permitted to enter the players’ dressing room provided that the players’ dressing room (or any part thereof) for the Match is not within the player area described in (b) above (for example, no such Player shall be permitted access to an on-field ‘dug-out’).

Finally, any Player or Team Official so sanctioned shall not be prevented from attending any post-match ceremonies or presentations taking place anywhere on the field of play or otherwise following the conclusion of a Match covered by his/her period of suspension unless the suspension has been imposed in respect of a Level 3 or Level 4 Offence under this Code of Conduct. In such circumstances, the Player or Team Official shall not be permitted to attend such ceremonies or presentations.

7.6 Once any period of suspension has expired, the Player or Team Official will automatically become re-eligible to participate (in the case of a Player) or assist a Player’s participation or otherwise be involved (in the case of a Team Official) in Matches and any matches representing the Franchisee (such as friendly matches or warm-up matches) and to participate in IPL Events provided that he/she has paid, in full, all amounts forfeited under the Code of Conduct, including any fines, compensatory awards or award of costs that may have been imposed against him/her.

7.7 Period of Suspension

7.7.1 In imposing any suspension of any number of Matches on a Player or Team Official the Match Referee, Commissioner or Appeal Commission shall select the Matches which are the most proximate (i.e. nearest in time) to the Suspension Date. However, where selecting the most proximate Match(es) would result in the suspension being applied in relation to a Match in which the Player would not participate or would, at the Suspension Date, not be likely to participate in each case as a result of the Player being involved in International Duty then the Match Referee, Commissioner or Appeal Commission shall in imposing the suspension choose the next most proximate Match(es).

7.7.2 Any suspension of a fixed period of time or for a number of Matches shall commence on the Suspension Date.

7.7.3 If a Match for which a Player or Team Official has been suspended is cancelled, postponed or otherwise abandoned prior to the commencement of such Match (being the bowling of the first ball) then the Match shall not be deemed to have formed part of the suspension and the most proximate next Match shall (subject, in the case of a Player, to the same exception and procedure as in Article 7.7.1 for any Match in which such Player is unable or is not likely to be able to participate as a result of International Duty) be deemed to be a Match to which the suspension applies. If a Match for which a Player or Team Official is suspended commences (i.e. the first ball is bowled) then that Match shall count as one of the number of Matches which is the subject of the suspension whether such Match is completed or not.

7.7.4 The following examples (included for illustrative purposes only) have been included to seek to assist the Match Referee, Commissioner or Appeal Commission in applying suspensions under the Code of Conduct but shall not bind the Match Referee, Commissioner or Appeal Commission.

Example 1

Situation: Player A is suspended for 4 Matches. The Team for which the Player has played in the relevant Season has two further Matches in the Season and has not qualified for the Playoff Matches. The Player is expected to be unavailable for the first six Matches of the Team in the following Season by reason of International Duty.

Suspension: Player A is suspended from playing in the two remaining Matches in the current Season and the seventh and eighth Matches of the Team in the next Season. If Player A moves to another Team for the next Season, he would be suspended for the seventh and eighth Matches of his new Team in the next Season.

Example 2

Situation: Player B is suspended for 5 Matches. The Team for which the Player has played in the relevant calendar year (a) has one Match remaining in the League and (b) qualifies for the Play-Off Matches as a result of its performance in that one remaining Match in the League and (c) is eliminated after one Play-Off Match. The Player is not affected by International Duty in relation to either the remaining Matches in that Season or the following Season.

Suspension: Player B is suspended for his Team’s one remaining Match in the League, the one Play-Off Match featuring his Team and the first three Matches of the following Season featuring his Team.

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