ARTICLE 18 AMENDMENT AND INTERPRETATION OF THE RULES
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 2017(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 occurred, save that (i) Articles 10.7.5 and 16 of the Rules shall apply retroactively (unless in the case of Article 16, the statute of limitations under the predecessor version of the Rules has already expired by the Effective Date, in which case Article 16 shall not apply); and (ii) the Anti- Doping Tribunal may decide to apply other provisions from the Rules as well where doing so benefits the Cricketer or other Person alleged to have committed the anti-doping rule violation based on the principle of lexmitior.
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 and especially Article 10.7.5. If the sanction for the first offence was determined based on predecessor versions of the Rules then, for the purposes of Article 10.7.1,that sanction shall be disregarded and instead the sanction that would have been imposed for the first violation if rules complaint with the current version had applied will be used.
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.