Disciplinary Procedure


WESTMORLAND CRICKET LEAGUE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE
For Clubs and Players
Updated January 2020

CONTENTS
1. INTRODUCTION
2. CODE OF CONDUCT AND SPIRIT OF CRICKET
3. REPORTING AND MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES
4. DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS
5. APPEALS
6. PENALTIES
7. LAW 42

1 INTRODUCTION
1.1 The Westmorland Cricket league (WCL) is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct. The WCL, operating within the jurisdiction of the ECB, takes this commitment very seriously.
1.2 The expression ‘player’ in this document shall be deemed to include all players, any member or official of any member club or any other person involved in any incident of alleged misconduct within the curtilage of the club premises.
1.3 The code places the emphasis on clubs and team captains who have the prime responsibility to deal with their own misconduct once an incident has been reported in a fair and speedy manner. The WCL Management Committee will monitor the actions taken via the Disciplinary Committee within these rules, which are based on the ECB model.
1.4 It is considered a disciplinary offence for a club to act in a manner which could prejudice the standing or interests of the WCL or to fail to act promptly to control and/or discipline a player.
1.5 For incidents on the Field of Play, Umpires will be the instigators of any disciplinary report. For any incident that occurs off the Field of Play, in addition to any umpires’ report, a written report may be submitted by a club official acting with the authority of the club, or by an official of the league, for consideration by the WCL Management Committee. All reports will be dealt with by the Disciplinary Sub-committee and clubs will be expected to deal with the matter within the timescales laid down within the Procedure.
1.6 In circumstances where there is no person whose sole role is to act as an umpire in the match, a club official acting on behalf of the player(s) and with the authority of the club, or an official of the league, may submit a report relating to incidents that occur on or off the Field of Play.
1.7 CWOs may report any incident that relates to a child welfare issue independently of any other party reporting, and should follow the guidance given in the ECB Safeguarding Policy. All such incidents must first be referred to the County Child Safeguarding Team (details in the handbook) for guidance on the incident under consideration. If the incident is then deemed to be such that it can be determined by the WCL Disciplinary Sub-committee, the CWO may subsequently refer the incident to them and it will then be dealt with under the WCLDisciplinary Procedure as appropriate.

2. CODE OF CONDUCT AND SPIRIT OF CRICKET
2.1 Preamble
The following preamble is taken from the introduction to the Laws of Cricket; it informs clubs of the way in which the WCL will approach all aspects relating to disciplinary matters.
2.2 Code of Conduct
2.2.1 The ECB and the WCL are committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct both on and off the field. All clubs and players, by virtue of their registration with WCL, explicitly agree to abide by this Code of Conduct, which incorporates the Spirit of Cricket, and are bound by the provisions in these Regulations.
2.2.2 The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.
2.2.3 Players and club officials must at all times accept the umpire’s decision. Players must not show dissent at the umpire’s decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards another player or a spectator.
2.2.4 Players and club officials shall not intimidate assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player, a club official or a spectator.
2.2.5 Players and club officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as ‘sledging’) nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.
2.2.6 Players and club officials shall not make racially abusive comments nor indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and supporters. Clubs must operate an active open door membership policy whilst respecting player qualification regulations and welcome players/members irrespective of ethnic origin.
2.2.7 Players and club officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.
2.2.8 Players and club officials shall not make any public or media comment which is detrimental to the WCL, clubs, umpires or the game in general. In this instance, media shall include press, radio, television, external websites, club websites, social networking sites and club match programmes.
Spirit of Cricket
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.
2.3.1 There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the captain.
2.3.1.1 Responsibility of Captains
The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.
2.3.1.2 Players’ Conduct
In the event of any player failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player’s captain, requesting the latter to take action.
2.3.2 Setting the Tone
Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.
2.3.3 Fair and Unfair Play
According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. The umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.
2.3.4 The Umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:
Time wasting
Damaging the pitch
Dangerous or unfair bowling
Tampering with the ball
Any other action that they consider to be unfair
2.3.5 The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:
Your opponents
Your own captain and team
The role of the umpires
The game’s traditional values
2.3.6 It is against the Spirit of the Game:
To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture
To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire
To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance
Appeal knowing the batsman is not out
Advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
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.
2.3.7 Violence
There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.
3. REPORTING AND MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES
3.1 Disciplinary Committee Structure
3.1.1 The Disciplinary Committee is a sub-committee of the WCL Management Committee.
3.1.2 The Disciplinary Committee will consist of a Chairman (who will be elected at the AGM of the WCL) with such additional disciplinary panel representatives nominated by the Disciplinary Chairman as required to determine the hearings and any appeals.
3.1.3 The Disciplinary Committee will manage the disciplinary processes as described in these rules, keep records and will report regularly to the WCL Management Committee.
3.2 Reports
3.2.1 For disciplinary reports, one umpire will take responsibility to inform the WCL Disciplinary Chairman as soon as possible and in any case within 72 hours of the close of play, by means of a written report
3.2.2 The WCL Disciplinary Chairman will forward a copy of the disciplinary report together with any additional information to the Cricket Chairman/Secretary of the club(s) concerned.
3.2.3 The WCL Disciplinary Chairman will contact the club(s) concerned as a matter of urgency to establish what action has been taken. Clubs are expected to convene an internal enquiry, and inform the WCL Disciplinary Chairman of any action taken, within 4 days of receipt of the disciplinary report, having taken into account any previous misconduct attaching to the player(s) concerned and using these rules to gauge the penalty appropriate to the offence. Clubs may recommend that part of any non-mandatory suspension be deferred dependant on the player’s future behaviour which may or may not be accepted by the Disciplinary Committee Chairman.
3.2.4 Any action taken will be either:
3.2.4.1 deemed appropriate by the WCL Disciplinary Committee Chairman and notified to the WCL Secretary who will inform both umpires involved in the match, the club(s) concerned and the WCL Management Committee.
3.2.4.2 `deemed inappropriate by the WCL Disciplinary Committee Chairman, in which case a disciplinary hearing `` shall be held.
3.2.5 Whenever possible (and the process shall not unreasonably be delayed) any suspension/penalty will be in force prior to the next scheduled league fixture. In the event of the club(s) taking no action, the WCL Disciplinary Chairman may impose a one week suspension, pending a hearing, in circumstances where it is clear that such suspension will be a minimum imposition.
3.2.6 Should a player commit a further offence whilst in receipt of a suspended sentence, the suspended sentence will apply immediately and the further offence should be considered by the Club (and, if then appropriate, by the Disciplinary Committee Chairman) as a separate matter.

4. DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS
4.1 The WCL Disciplinary Chairman will notify, within a ten day period, the player(s), and his/their club’s(s’) Secretary(ies) of the time, date and venue of the disciplinary hearing and a panel will be appointed. The notification shall specify details of the alleged disciplinary offence and give player(s) and clubs at least seven days notice of the hearing.
4.2 The accused player or club shall attend the hearing and be entitled:
to submit written statements ahead of the hearing
to state his case (in the case of a club, by its Secretary or other official) and
to be supported by a colleague and to call witnesses.
4.3 The Disciplinary Panel will consist of the Disciplinary Committee Chairman plus two members drawn from a list approved by the WCL Management Committee with the Secretary of the Management Committee acting as minute taker, but who will not be a panel member nor have a vote on the proceedings. All costs are the responsibility of the club concerned. None of the Panel should be connected with the player, the club or their opponents at the time of the alleged offence, or a club which might directly benefit from any disciplinary action. The hearing minutes will be made available to an Appeal Panel if such action should subsequently take place.
4.4 The Disciplinary Panel will call on umpires, players, independent witnesses and any other person(s) whom they may consider to be of assistance in their enquiries. The WCL encourages umpires to include details of independent witnesses within their report wherever possible.
4.5 Umpire(s) requested to attend a disciplinary hearing (or an Appeal) will receive expenses of a similar amount to the current travelling expenses payable under WCL Rule 23(h).
4.6 A club or player involved in disciplinary proceedings will be solely responsible for meeting such costs or expenses as it or they may incur.
4.7 In the event of more than one club being involved in the hearing, the cost will be equally shared.
4.8 The standard of proof shall be on the balance of probabilities rather than the criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt.
4.9 The Disciplinary Panel shall decide what, if any, penalties are to be imposed at the time of the Hearing and shall advise the player, club and the WCL Disciplinary Representative. The penalties shall be generally in line with the guidelines laid down in the appendix below.

5 APPEALS
5.1 Where a disciplinary offence has been proved at a Disciplinary Hearing, a player or club shall have the right of appeal. Where a player and his club are appealing in relation to the same incident, they must do so separately. The outcome of a Disciplinary Hearing can be appealed by a player, a club, an umpire or umpires association. Where a player and his club are appealing in relation to the same incident, they must do so separately.
NOTE: If more than one party appeals against the outcome of a Disciplinary Hearing, the Appeal Panel will hear arguments from all appellants and determine all issues raised at the same time.
5.2 An appeal should be made in writing to the WCL Secretary within five days of the date of the original decision, accompanied by a cheque for £25.00 payable to the Westmorland Cricket League; this will be refunded in the event of such appeal being successful. The club is responsible for the cost of the appeal hearing. In the event of the appeal not being correctly received within the five day period, the decision of the Disciplinary Hearing Panel will stand.
5.3 If a notice of appeal is given, the penalty shall not take effect pending the hearing of the Appeal, which shall take place as soon as is practicable and in any event within 21 days of receipt of the notice of the appeal.
5.4 The Appeal shall be by way of a hearing or a re-hearing before a different Appeal Panel. The composition of the Panel shall be at the discretion of the Chairman of the WCL Disciplinary Committee and shall consist of not less than three persons, none of whom shall be connected with the player, the Club or their opponents at the time of the alleged offence or have been a member of the original Disciplinary Panel.
5.5 One member of the Panel will act as Chairman. The Secretary of the WCL will take the minutes of the hearing.
5.6 The club shall have the same rights of attendance and representation at any hearing or re-hearing and to call witnesses.
5.8 The Appeal Panel may call on umpires, players, independent witnesses and any other person(s) whom they may consider to be of assistance in their enquiries. The WCL encourages the league umpires to include details of independent witnesses within their report wherever possible. Umpires will receive expenses as described above (Clause 4.5).
5.9 The travelling expenses of the three members of the Appeal Panel plus those of any others called to give evidence will be the responsibility of the player’s club. The WCL will pay these expenses if the appeal finds in favour of the player.
5.10 In the event of more than one club being involved in the hearing, the cost will be equally shared.
5.11 The standard of proof shall be on the balance of probabilities rather than the criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt.
5.12 Non-attendance at a hearing of the Appeals Panel by the club or person that submitted the appeal without good and valid reason for such non-attendance will automatically result in forfeiture of their right of appeal.
5.13 The Appeals Panel may confirm, vary or reverse the decision of the Disciplinary Panel and it shall have the power to increase the penalty and award costs of the Appeal hearing and forfeit the whole or part of the deposit. Decisions of the Appeal Panel shall be by majority vote; where necessary, the Chairman shall have a casting vote. The decision of the Appeals Panel shall be made at the time of the Hearing and the Chairman shall advise the player, club and the WCL Disciplinary Representative.
5.14 The decision of the Appeals Panel or, if no appeal, of the Disciplinary Panel, shall be final and binding.

6 PENALTIES
6.1. This Section of the rules relates to the penalties applicable to reportable offences.
6.2.1 As a minimum, automatic suspension by the club for the minimum mandatory period applicable to the offence’
6.2.2 If the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the League is satisfied with the action taken by the club, the case will be closed.
6.2.2.1 Should the WCL Disciplinary Committee Chairman decide the offence is sufficiently serious, he will refer the complaint for a full disciplinary hearing.
6.2.2.2 When issuing the penalty, the Disciplinary Committee may take account of instances of poor discipline, particularly where the on-field captain is the same and any suspension of any individual charged, in both cases where the instances/suspension occurred in the current season or the two seasons prior to the current season
6.3 Panels will take the following factors into account when determining the penalties to be imposed:
If the accused player/club has pleaded guilty
The player’s previous disciplinary record
If the player is also the captain
The conduct of the player subsequent to him being warned and told that he will be reported
If an appeal is considered to be spurious
6.4 Suspensions
6.4.1 Suspensions will be imposed for offences which occur in any league or cup competition fixture and will apply to all matches under the auspices of the ECB. In addition suspensions imposed for a period which continues beyond the end of a season will be carried forward into the following season.
6.4.2 A player charged with more than one offence will receive (if guilty) separate penalties which are cumulative and NOT concurrent.
6.4.3 Suspensions will be imposed in weeks (as multiples of seven days) commencing midnight Friday to midnight Friday.
6.4.4 Suspensions of four weeks duration or more will be reported by the WCL Disciplinary Chairman to the Cumbria Cricket Board for national circulation. Such suspensions will normally apply to all cricket played under the auspices of the ECB
6.5 The severity of the offence will influence the appropriateness of the length of sentence to be imposed in all cases.
6.6 The Disciplinary Panel shall have the power to suspend the operation of any part, or all, of the penalty it imposes for such period and subject to such terms and conditions it deems appropriate.
6.7 As a guideline, the following indicative penalties should be expected to be imposed for any complaint referred and, if appropriate, proved at a disciplinary hearing. The higher end of the tariff band is most likely to be reserved for serial offences/offenders:-
Level 1 - final warning to 4 weeks ban
Level 2 -2 to 6 weeks ban
Level 3 - 6 to 8 weeks ban
Level 4 - 6 to 10 weeks ban

The WCL Disciplinary panel may, at its discretion, increase the above tariffs, impose a fine or deduct points in circumstances where it is deemed appropriate and the reported offence is deemed to be of a sufficiently serious nature (eg persistent offending, indiscipline or incidences of multiple/group offences)
7. Mandatory reporting (to the WCL Disciplinary Chairman and respective club) under the Laws of Cricket
The umpires, after consultation, are instructed to report transgressions under the following headings:
A Law 18.5 - deliberate short runs
B Law 24.2(c) - fair delivery – the arm
C Law 42.3 - changing the condition of the match ball
D Law 42.4 - deliberate attempt to distract striker
E Law 42.5 - deliberate distraction or obstruction of batsman
F Law 42.6, 7 and 8 - dangerous and unfair bowling
G Law 42.9 - time wasting by the fielding side
H Law 42.10 - batsman wasting time
I Law 42.11, 12, 13 and 14 - bowler, fielder or batsman avoidably damaging the pitch
J Law 42.16 - batsmen stealing a run
K Law 42.18 - players’ conduct
8. LAW 42
42.1 Unacceptable conduct
42.1.1 The umpires shall act upon any unacceptable conduct. Four Levels of offence and the corresponding actions by the umpires are identified as Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 offences in 42.2 to 42.5.
42.1.2 If either umpire considers that the conduct of a player, at any time during the match, is unacceptable, the umpire concerned shall call and signal Dead ball. This call may be delayed until the umpire is satisfied that it will not disadvantage the non-offending side.
42.1.3 The umpire concerned shall report the matter to the other umpire and together they shall decide whether misconduct has occurred. If so, they shall determine into which of the Levels the conduct falls, as set out in 42.2 to 42.5 below, and then apply the related sanctions.
42.1.4 For each Level 1 to 4, if the offence is by a batsman, the umpires shall summon the offending player’s captain to the field. Solely for the purpose of this Law, the batsmen at the wicket may not deputise for their captain.
42.1.5 For each Level 1 to 4,
• Playing time shall be counted as lost from the call of Time to the call of Play, excluding intervals (Law 11) and suspensions of play (Law 2.8).
• the time for close of play on that day shall be extended by this length of time.
• if applicable, no overs shall be deducted during the last hour of the match solely on account of this time.
42.2 Level 1 offences and action by umpires
42.2.1 Any of the following actions by a player shall constitute a Level 1 offence:
- wilfully mistreating any part of the cricket ground, equipment or implements used in the match
- showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action
- using language that, in the circumstances, is obscene, offensive or insulting
- making an obscene gesture
- appealing excessively
- advancing towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
- any other misconduct, the nature of which is, in the opinion of the umpires, equivalent to a Level 1 offence.
42.2.2 If such an offence is committed, 42.2.2.1 to 42.2.2.6 shall be implemented as appropriate, according to whether or not it is the first offence at any Level.
42.2.2.1 The umpire shall call Time, if necessary.
42.2.2.2 Together the umpires shall summon and inform the offending player’s captain that an offence at this Level has occurred.
42.2.2.3 If the Level 1 offence is the first offence, at any Level, by that team, the umpire shall
42.2.2.3.1 issue a first and final warning which shall apply to all members of the team for the remainder of the match.
42.2.2.3.2 warn the offending player’s captain that any further Level 1 offence by any member of his/her team shall result in the award of 5 Penalty runs to the opposing team.
42.2.2.4 If the Level 1 offence follows an offence, at any Level, by that team, the umpire shall award 5 Penalty runs to the opposing team.
42.2.2.5 As soon as practicable the umpire shall call Play.
42.2.2.6 The umpires together shall report the occurrence as soon as possible after the match to the Executive of the offending player’s team and to any Governing Body responsible for the match, who shall take such further action as is considered appropriate against the captain, any other individuals concerned and, if appropriate, the team.
42.3 Level 2 offences and action by umpires
42.3.1 Any of the following actions by a player shall constitute a Level 2 offence:
- showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action
- making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player
- throwing the ball at a player, umpire or another person in an inappropriate and dangerous manner
- using language or gesture to another player, umpire, team official or spectator that, in the circumstances, is obscene or of a seriously insulting nature
- or any other misconduct, the nature of which is, in the opinion of the umpires, equivalent to a Level 2 offence.
42.3.2 If such an offence is committed, 42.3.2.1 to 42.3.2.6 shall be implemented.
42.3.2.1 The umpire shall call Time, if necessary.
42.3.2.2 Together the umpires shall summon and inform the offending player’s captain that an offence at this Level has occurred.
42.3.2.3 The umpire shall award 5 Penalty runs to the opposing team.
42.3.2.4 The umpire shall warn the offending player’s captain that any future Level 1 offence by any member of his/her team shall result in the award of 5 Penalty runs to the opposing team.
42.3.2.5 As soon as practicable the Umpire shall call Play.
42.3.2.6 The umpires together shall report the occurrence as soon as possible after the match to the Executive of the offending player’s team and to any Governing Body responsible for the match, who shall take such further action as is considered appropriate against the captain, any other individuals concerned and, if appropriate, the team.
42.4 Level 3 offences and action by umpires
42.4.1 Either of the following actions by a player shall constitute a Level 3 offence:
- intimidating an umpire by language or gesture
- threatening to assault a player or any other person except an umpire. See 42.5.1.
42.4.2 If such an offence is committed, 42.4.2.1 to 42.4.2.8 shall be implemented.
42.4.2.1 The umpire shall call Time, if necessary.
42.4.2.2 Together the umpires shall summon and inform the offending player’s captain that an offence at this Level has occurred.
42.4.2.3 The umpires shall direct the captain to remove the offending player immediately from the field of play for a period in accordance with the following:
42.4.2.3.1 In a match where the innings are not limited to a number of overs, the player shall be suspended from the field of play for 10 overs. Any balls remaining in the over in progress at the time of suspension shall not count towards the overs for which the player is suspended.
42.4.2.3.2 In a match where the innings are limited to a number of overs, the player shall be suspended for one fifth of the number of overs allocated to the current innings at its commencement. If, in calculating the length of the suspension, a part-over results, it shall be considered as a whole over. Any balls remaining in the over in progress at the time of suspension shall not count towards the overs for which the player is suspended.
42.4.2.3.3 If the offending player is a fielder, no substitute shall be allowed for him/her. The offending player may return to the field of play after serving the period of suspension and may bowl immediately.
42.4.2.3.4 If a bowler is suspended mid-over, then that over must be completed by a different bowler, who shall not have bowled the previous over nor shall he/she bowl the next over.
42.4.2.3.5 If the offending player is a not out batsman, he/she shall be replaced by another member of his/her team. The offending player may return to bat after having served the suspension only at the fall of a wicket. If no batsman is available to bat during a batsman’s suspension, the innings is completed. If the offending player does not continue his/her innings for whatever reason, he/she is to be recorded as Retired – not out.
42.4.2.3.6 If the offending player is a dismissed member of the batting side, the period of suspension will not commence until the start of the next innings. Furthermore, in these circumstances, the offending player may not act as a runner during the innings when he/she was suspended.
42.4.2.3.7 Warn the offending player’s captain that any future Level 1 offence shall result in the award of 5 Penalty runs to the opposing team.
42.4.2.3.8 Any overs remaining to be served from a suspension shall be carried forward to the next and subsequent innings of the match. A part over at the end of the innings shall not count towards the overs for which the player is suspended.
42.4.2.4 As soon as practicable, the umpire shall
- award 5 Penalty runs to the opposing team
- signal the Level 3 penalty to the scorers
- call Play.
42.4.2.5 The umpires together shall report the occurrence as soon as possible after the match to the Executive of the offending player’s team and to any Governing Body responsible for the match, who shall take such further action as is considered appropriate against the captain, any other individuals concerned and, if appropriate, the team.
42.5 Level 4 offences and action by umpires
42.5.1 Any of the following actions by a player shall constitute a Level 4 offence:
- threatening to assault an umpire
- making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire
- physically assaulting a player or any other person
- committing any other act of violence.
42.5.2 If such an offence is committed, 42.5.2.1 to 42.5.2.5 shall be implemented.
42.5.2.1 The umpire shall call Time, if necessary.
42.5.2.2 Together the umpires shall summon and inform the offending player’s captain that an offence at this Level has occurred.
42.5.2.3 The umpires shall direct the captain to remove the offending player immediately from the field of play for the remainder of the match and shall apply the following:
42.5.2.3.1 If the offending player is a fielder, no substitute shall be allowed for him/her. He/She is to be recorded as Retired – out at the commencement of any subsequent innings in which his/her team is the batting side.
42.5.2.3.2 If a bowler is suspended mid-over, then that over must be completed by a different bowler, who shall not have bowled the previous over nor shall be permitted to bowl the next over.
42.5.2.3.3 If the offending player is a batsman he/she is to be recorded as Retired – out in the current innings, unless he/she has been dismissed under any of Laws 32 to 39, and at the commencement of any subsequent innings in which his/her team is the batting side. If no further batsman is available to bat, the innings is completed.
42.5.2.3.4 Warn the offending player’s captain that any future Level 1 offence shall result in the award of 5 Penalty runs to the opposing team.
42.5.2.4 As soon as practicable, the umpire shall
- award 5 Penalty runs to the opposing team
- signal the Level 4 penalty to the scorers
- call Play.
42.5.2.5 The umpires together shall report the occurrence as soon as possible after the match to the Executive of the offending player’s team and to any Governing Body responsible for the match, who shall take such further action as is considered appropriate against the captain, any other individuals concerned and, if appropriate, the team.
42.6 Captain refusing to remove a player from the field
42.6.1 If a captain refuses to carry out an instruction under 42.4.2.3 or 42.5.2.3, the umpires shall invoke Law 16.3 (Umpires awarding a match).
42.6.2 If both captains refuse to carry out instructions under 42.4.2.3 or 42.5.2.3 in respect of the same incident, the umpires shall instruct the players to leave the field. The match is not concluded as in Law 12.9 (Conclusion of match) and there shall be no result under Law 16 (The result).
42.7 Additional points relating to Level 3 and Level 4 offences
42.7.1 If a player, while acting as wicket-keeper, commits a Level 3 or Level 4 offence, Law 24.1.2 (Substitute fielders) shall not apply, meaning that only a nominated player may act as wicket-keeper, even if another fielder becomes injured or ill and is replaced by a substitute.
42.7.2 A nominated player who has a substitute or has a runner will suffer a penalty for any Level 3 or Level 4 offence committed by that substitute or by that runner.
42.7.2.1When the offence is committed by a substitute, the nominated player and substitute will each suffer the penalty defined in 42.4.2.3 or in 42.5.2.3 as appropriate. Only the substitute will be reported as in 42.4.2.5 or 42.5.2.5.
42.7.2.2When the offence is committed by a runner, the batsman who has the runner and the runner will each suffer the penalty defined in 42.4.2.3 or in 42.5.2.3 as appropriate. The penalty for a Level 4 offence (42.5.2.3) will apply to the runner for the remainder of the match, but in only the current innings to the batsman for whom the runner acted.

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