Indoor Cricket World

An analysis and explanation (where possible) of the Rules of Indoor Cricket


Acccording to the AICF rules, umpires MUST order off:

a) Any player whose conduct is extreme (eg. striking or threatening behaviour). I'd add becoming (and staying) vocally abusive toward the umpire, other players, spectators-anyone in fact. Except for Channel 9 (Australia) television cricket commentators--they deserve all the abuse any one mortal could hurl their way.

b) Any player who has been the cause of 2 separate penalties for misconduct being awarded against their team. These obviously would have been instances of misconduct that the umpire decided did not warrant sending off the first time . . . "

c) Now, it gets a tad confusing here: Rule 19 actually states that a player can incur a run-penalty for misconduct (and amongst the examples given is striking another player), but rule 20 states that a player must be ordered off for striking another player. Generally I'd agree with rule 20's version over rule 19's for a player striking someone.

The AICF rules go on to state that:

d) The umpire is the sole judge of what constitutes extreme misconduct. Indeed!

e) A player ordered off the court will take no further part in the game.

Now, I have no real problem with this rule . . . but I think there should be room in our sport for certain infringements to attract both a run-penalty plus removal of the offender for a certain number of overs. The offending player is shown the behaviour is not tolerated on the court, but has the opportunity to cool down and return to the game. . . only for minor-ish breaches of the misconduct rule mind you . . . like equipment abuse, or too much back-chat to the umpire after being warned to stop. I think a lot of ego-driven wannabees would quickly come back down to planet Earth if this was adopted. However, whenever "discretion" is allowed (as in the imposition of a less-than-the-whole-game "sin bin",, there is a high risk of bringing out the perception of inconsistency, of favouring or disfavouring certain teams and/or players. Perhaps a stipulated, lesser "sin bin" for defined infractions: "Throwing bat: 2 overs; repeatedly audible swearing: 1 over etc etc" or similar. Either way, a delicate judgement would be required, definitely not for the faint-hearted . . .

f) A player ordered off will not be replaced. Teams are to revert to the Player Short Rule [Rule 8] for the batting and bowling. Unless my "sin-bin" suggestion above gains currency of course . . .



About Sheldon

Played since the earliest years, and began umpiring in the late 1970s.

Represented Western Australia for over 10 years in National Masters and Vets championships, honours include Captaining Western Australia and winning the Player of the National Championships in 1987.

Umpired State, National and international matches, held the post of Umpire Coordinator in Western Australia for the now defunct Australia Indoor Cricket Federation (AICF).

invited to officially photograph the Indoor Cricket World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand in 2002

invited to officially photograph the Indoor Cricket Masters and Under 18 World Cups in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2003

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