Welcome to the Spirit of Cricket Page...
Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play, rests with the captains who are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.
Player's conduct: In the event of a player failing to comply with instructions by an umpire, or criticising by word or action the decision of an umpire, or showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall report the matter to the other umpire and to the player's captain, and instruct the latter to take action.
The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for
Your Opponents - Your Own Captain - The Umpires
and the game's traditional values.
It is against the Spirit of the Game : to dispute an umpire's decision by word, action or gesture or to direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire or to indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:
(a) to appeal knowing that the batsman is not out
(b) to advance towards an umpire in an aggressive or threatening manner when appealing for a decision
(c) to seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one's own side and there is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.
Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match and
EVERY PLAYER is expected to make an important contribution towards this aim