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4. NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE

1. SCOPE AND APPLICATION

2. CODE OF CONDUCT OFFENCES

3. REPORTING AN ALLEGED OFFENCE UNDER THE CODE OF CONDUCT

4. NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE

5. THE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE

6. STANDARD OF PROOF AND EVIDENCE

7. SANCTIONS ON PLAYERS AND TEAM OFFICIALS

8. APPEALS

9. RECOGNITION OF DECISIONS

10. AMENDMENT AND INTERPRETATION OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT

11. DEFINITIONS

12. MINIMUM OVER RATE REQUIREMENTS, CALCULATION, REPORTING AND DISCIPLINARY PROCESS AND SANCTIONS

ARTICLE 4 NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE

Level 1 Offences, Level 2 Offences and Minimum Over Rate Offences:

4.1 Where a Match Referee receives a Report lodged under Articles 3.2.1.1, 3.2.1.2, 3.2.2.1 or where the matter relates to an alleged Minimum Over Rate Offence which is reported to the Match Referee under the procedure in Appendix 2, he/she mustpromptly provide a copy of the Report, together with a summary of any other relevant details of the matter(such documents comprisingthe “Notice of Charge”),to the following individuals:

4.1.1 the Player or Team Official named in the Report, or,where appropriate in the case of an offence under either Article 2.2.9(changing the condition of the ball), 2.2.11(manipulating a Match), or 2.5 (failure to meet the Minimum Over Rate), the relevant Team Captain;
4.1.2 theTeam Manager of the relevant Player or Team Official named in the Report;
4.1.3 the BCCI CEO.

4.2 The Notice of Charge referred to in Article 4.1 shall specify that the Player or Team Officialshall have the following three options:
4.2.1 he/she may admit the offence charged and accede to the proposed sanction specifiedin the Notice of Charge (which sanction shall be strictly at the Match Referee’s discretion, but at all times within the appropriate range for the level of offence). In such circumstances, and provided that such admission has been received by the Match Referee prior to the commencement of the hearing at the time/place specified in the Notice of Charge, the hearing before the Match Referee shall not be required and no further action shall be taken (and he/she will be taken to have waived his/her right to bring any appeal under the Code of Conduct and/or to bring any proceedings of any kind in any other court or similar forum), save that BCCI shall promptly issue a public statement confirming: (a) the commission of an offence under the Code of Conduct; and (b) the imposition of the applicable sanction specified in the Notice of Charge; or
4.2.2 he/she may admit the offence charged but dispute the proposed sanction specified in the Notice of Charge, in which case the matter shall proceed to a hearing in accordance with Article 5.1.1; or
4.2.3 he/she may deny the offence charged, in which case the matter shall proceed to a hearing in accordance with Article 5.1.1.
Level 3 Offences and Level 4 Offences:

4.3 Where the BCCI Chief Executive Officerreceives a Report lodged under Articles 3.2.1.3, 3.2.2.2 or 3.2.3, he/she must promptly conduct a review to determine whether the Player or Team Officialnamed in the Report has a case to answer in relation to the specific type and/or level of offence identified in the Report (i.e. to determine, in the BCCI’s opinion, whether the specific type and level of offence noted in the Report is properly identified when reviewed against the conduct complained of).

4.4 If the initial review of the Report reveals that there is no case to answer in relation to the specific type and/or level of offence, then the BCCI shall notify the person who filed the Report of that fact, advising them of the reasons that such a determination has been made and, where applicable, providing guidance on which specific type and level of offence the BCCI considers to be appropriate.Upon receipt of such a decision, the person who filed the Report shall, notwithstanding the provisions of Article 3.2, and having considered the BCCI’s guidance in good faith, within a period of twenty-four (24) hours from the time of notification by the BCCI, notify the BCCI whether they wish to: (a) revise the specific type and/or level of the offence charged, in which case a revised Report must be lodged with the BCCI within such twenty-four (24) period; (b) proceed on the basis of the original Report lodged; or (c) withdraw the Report.
4.5 If the initial review of the Report reveals that there is a case to answer, or a revised report is lodged with the BCCI pursuant to Article 4.4, thenBCCI shall promptly provide a copy of the Report, together with a summary of any other relevant details of the matter (such documents comprising the “Notice of Charge”) to the following individuals:

4.5.1 the Player or Team Official named in the Report; and
4.5.2 the Team Manager of the relevant Player or Team Official named in the Report.
4.6 The Notice of Charge referred to in Article 4.5 shall specify that the Player or Team Official shall have the following options:

4.6.1 he/she may admit the offence charged and accede to the proposed sanction specified in the Notice of Charge (which sanction shall be strictly at BCCI’s discretion, but at all times within the appropriate range for the level of offence). In such circumstances, and provided that such admission has been received by the BCCI Chief Executive Officer prior to the commencement of the hearing at the time/place specified in the Notice of Charge, the hearing before the Commission shall not be required and no further action shall be taken (and he/she will be taken to have waived his/her right to bring any appeal under the Code of Conduct and/or to bring any proceedings of any kind in any other court or similar forum), save that BCCI shall promptly issue a public statement confirming: (a) the commission of an offence under the Code of Conduct; and (b) the imposition of the applicable sanction specified in the Notice of Charge; or
4.6.2 he/she may admit the offence charged but dispute the proposed sanction specified in the Notice of Charge, in which case the matter shall proceed to a hearing in accordance with Article 5.1.2; or
4.6.3 he/she may deny the offence charged, in which case the matter shall proceed to a hearing in accordance with Article 5.1.2.