Why is player behaviour so important?
The Laws and the Spirit of Cricket are there to ensure that all 22 players and umpires enjoy a game that, although played competitively, is always played fairly.
Whatever your role in the game, we all have a responsibility to ensure that the Laws are upheld and that we don’t tolerate any form of poor player behaviour.
Remember that poor behaviour detracts from the enjoyment of playing the game and causes additional work for volunteers by taking them away from supporting other areas of the game.
The ECB has a new resource dedicated online tool to take you through the introduction of Law 41 Unfair Play and Law 42 Player Conduct
The MCC’s new code of Laws has updated Law 41 - Unfair Play, and Law 42 - Player Conduct. It is important that everyone involved in the game from captains to umpires, coaches and administrators understand the changes to these laws and the impact it will have on their role.
ECB has provided recommendations on how these Law changes should be implemented to maximise more play and provide the best possible experience for players and officials. Importantly, this includes the differing responsibilities between non-playing and player umpires.
Finally, players are advised to familiarise themselves with their own individual League and Competitions regulations in advance of the season.