18.1 The Rules may be amended from time to time by the BCCI. Such amendments shall come into effect on the date specified by the BCCI.

18.2 The Rules shall be interpreted as an independent and autonomous text and not by reference to existing law or statutes of any Signatory or government.

18.3 The headings used for the various Articles of the Rules are for the purpose of guidance only and shall not be deemed to be part of the substance of the Rules or to inform or affect in any way the language of the provisions to which they refer.

18.4 The Rules have been adopted pursuant to the applicable provisions of the ICC Code and shall be interpreted in a manner that is consistent with the ICC Code. The comments annotating equivalent provisions of the World Anti-Doping Code shall (if necessary) be used to assist in the understanding and interpretation of the Rules.

18.5 The Rules shall come into full force and effect on 1 January 2016(the “Effective Date”). They shall not apply retrospectively to matters pending before the Effective Date; provided, however, that:

18.5.1 Any case pending prior to the Effective Date, or brought after the Effective Date but based on acts or omissions that occurred before the Effective Date, shall be governed by the anti-doping rules in force at the time of the anti-doping rule violation, subject to any application of the principle of lexmitior by the hearing panel determining the case.

18.5.2 Subject always to Article 10.7.5, anti-doping rule violations committed under rules in force prior to the Effective Date shall be taken into account as prior violations for purposes of determining sanctions under Article 10.7. A prior offence involving a substance that is defined under the Rules as a Specified Substance, for which a period of Ineligibility of less than two years was imposed, shall be considered a Reduced Sanction violation for purposes of Article 10.7.1.

18.6 Subject to Article 18.2, the Rules are governed by and shall be construed in accordance with Indian law.

18.7. Electronic mail shall be a valid mode of service for all purposes under this Code.