RULE 20. ORDER
to the AICF rules, umpires must order off:
- 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.
- 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 . . .
- 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.
rules go on to state that:
- The umpire
is the sole judge of what constitutes extreme misconduct. Indeed!
- 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
may 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 .
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-box"
suggestion above gains currency of course . . .
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