Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it is to be played not only within the Laws, but also within the spirit of the game. Any action seen as abusing this spirit causes injury to the game itself.
Embracing the spirit of the game means participating, either as a Player or as a Team Official, fairly and exhibiting respect for other Players and Team Officials, Umpires and Match Referees and the game’s traditional values such as graciousness in defeat and humility in victory.
This Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials (the “Code of Conduct”) is intended to protect and enshrine these important qualities and standards so that all may continue to enjoy the game of cricket now and in the future.
BCCI is the body responsible for the operation of the League and the Code of Conduct is adopted and implemented as part of BCCI’s continuing efforts to maintain the public image, popularity and integrity of the League by providing: (a) an effective means to deter any participant or other relevant person from conducting themselves improperly on and off the ‘field-of-play’ or in a manner that is contrary to the ‘spirit of cricket’; and (b) a robust disciplinary procedure pursuant to which all matters of improper conduct can be dealt with fairly, with certainty and in an expeditious manner.
Unless otherwise indicated, references to Articles and Appendices are to articles and appendices of the Code of Conduct.