FESTIVAL OF CRICKET 2018

RULES FOR THE SEVEN-A-SIDE CRICKET TOURNAMENT – SUNDAY 8TH JULY 2018

1 ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS

All players must be former students of their respective college, having been educated at the college representing the OBA at the Festival of Cricket. Up to, 2 sons of former students will be allowed to represent the parent’s former college.

All players and the respective parents (re 2 sons) must be residing in the United Kingdom.

Current or past National Test, ODI or T20 match players are not be permitted to play.

Please note: With effect from 2015, any person eligible to represent more than one OBA team, has to decide his preference. Having chosen and played for the preferred OBA team, under no circumstance the player will be allowed to represent another OBA team.

With effect from 2015 a player must register under his correct name, which must be the same as in the players Passport (first name followed by the surname). Future Name change will not be allowed. OBAs shall not include a player currently banned.

All OBAs shall submit on-line on or before Sunday 3 June 2018 the ‘Declaration Form FOC-2018 with the Names and Photographs of the twelve eligible players. The on-line submission will be available from Sunday 13 May 2018. The identities of the 2 sons and their respective parent too must be included. An OBA can make bona fide changes to the submission until cut-off date of Sunday 3 June 2018

The on-line submission contains an assurance from the OBA. “We on behalf of our OBA declare that names in the list of players and parent/s are correct. The photos show true likeliness of the respective players eligible to participate in the 2018 Festival of Cricket Tournament. We will not allow any persons not in this list to participate in this Tournament. We are aware that if this submission contains non-eligible or banned player/s then our OBA will be liable for consequences” (see Section 3, Offences and Disciplinary Measures). The Declaration Form will be deemed to be signed on behalf of the OBA by its President and the two Nominated Representatives. Each photo shall show the full face of a player and he shall not wear a hat, helmet, spectacles or sunglasses. Mismatch of names and photographs may be considered an offence.

Only the OBAs that have completed the on-line submission by Sunday 3 June 2018 can participate in the 2018 FoC tournament.

On all matters relating to the Cricket Tournament, every OBA is fully responsible for actions and behaviour of its FoC Representative/s, OBA Executives, Team Manager, Cricket Captain, the team, OBA members and their guests. It is the responsibility of every OBA to ensure that the players are eligible, their names and respective photographs are accurate.

If an OBA has doubts regarding the eligibility of a player, then prior to the on-line submission, the OBA must consult the Cricket Chairman. In all cases of non-eligibility the player takes no further part in the current tournament, replacement will not be allowed and the player may be excluded for life.

2 OBJECTIONS RELATING TO ELIGIBILTY OF PLAYERS

On completion of the on-line submission, for each OBA, the list of the names and photographs of the players will be published on the FoC web site.

Based on the names and or the photographs of the players, an official of any (other) OBA (Nominated FoC Representative/s, OBA Executives, Team Manager or Cricket Captain) can submit a written complaint relating to the eligibility of a player. Initially this can be an email (to Chairman, Cricket and the Hon. Secretary of the FoC). This to be followed by a formal signed document giving full details of the complaint with supporting information.

The initial period for an OBAs to submit complaint will be from Sunday 3 June 2018 until Sunday 24 June 2018.

Upon receipt of a complaint, the Cricket, Sub Committee will commence its investigation and will ask the OBA that is affected to respond to the allegation. The OBA may seek independent advice. The OBA shall fully cooperate with the FoC and provide necessary proof of attendance at the respective college and or the proof of identity and or the proof of residence of the alleged player or of the parent. As a matter of urgency, the OBA shall discuss the complaint with player under investigation and respond within 4 days or a deadline agreed with the Chairman and the Cricket Sub Committee. Failure to cooperate may result in the player being disqualified and the respective OBA being penalised. The particular investigation may be time consuming and may even extend beyond the FoC event. If the affected OBA is unable to provide a full and satisfactory response within the agreed deadline, it can provide in writing a holding letter and agree to a plan of action with the Chairman, Cricket Sub Committee.

Then, based on any new information, OBAs can submit complaints, (procedure already explained), up to and including the day of the FoC event, relating to the eligibility of a player/s. Though attempts will be made to resolve the issue, it may not be possible for the Chairman, Cricket Sub Committee to give a decision during the event. Likely a verdict will be only given after the event. Again If the affected OBA is unable to provide a full and satisfactory response immediately, it can provide in writing a holding letter and agree to a plan of action with the Chairman, Cricket Sub Committee.

All OBAs shall allow other OBAs or their members to take photographs, audio or video recordings of the players or incidences. These can be used as evidence. Any OBA submitting a frivolous and time wasting complaint may face a disciplinary inquiry.

Note: If convincing evidence is available that a player is not eligible, then the Cricket Sub Committee has the authority to exclude the player

3 OFFENCES AND DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

Note: - the term eligible is defined in Section 1. In the event of any breaches relating to eligibility the player will be immediately removed and player substitution will not be allowed. The player can be banned for life

The term “Participation at the FoC Tournament”. Is defined in Section 3 CRICKET RULES, Para 1

It is the responsibility of every OBA to ensure the smooth progress and a peaceful conclusion of the FoC Cricket Tournament. The OBAs shall take all measures to stamp out aggressive behaviour, verbal or physical abuse. In the event of any unacceptable behaviour relating to the cricket Tournament all persons involved will be immediately removed and player substitution will not be allowed. All persons involved can be banned for life

LEVEL 1 Listing a non-eligible person but voluntarily withdraw, prior to Participation. The OBA may face a fine.

LEVEL 2 Listing and Participation of a non-eligible person but voluntarily withdraw during the Tournment. The team disqualified from the tournament and loss of any awards. The OBA will be fined.

LEVEL 3 Listing and Participation of a non-eligible person, non-eligibility established during or after the event. The team disqualified from the tournament and loss of any awards. The OBA will be fined. The OBA and its members may also face additional unspecified disciplinary action by the FoC Executive Committee.

LEVEL 4 Listing and participating of a non-eligible person after an objection or a caution. (Non-eligibility may be established after the event ). The team disqualified from the tournament and loss of any awards. The OBA will be fined. The OBA may also face additional unspecified disciplinary action by the FoC Executive Committee including disqualification of the team from future tournament/s plus one or several years suspensions of the FoC Representatives and OBA Members, suspension or expulsion of the OBA from the FoC

LEVEL 5 – Continuing to play an ineligible person after a caution, or Impersonation, or Submission of a forged document or presentation of false evidence. The OBA will be fined, disqualification of the team from the current tournament and Loss of all awards. The OBA may also face additional unspecified disciplinary action by the FoC Executive Committee including disqualification of the team from future tournament/s plus one or several years suspensions of the FoC Representatives and OBA Mmembers, suspension or expulsion of the OBA from the FoC

LEVEL 6 The OBAs shall take all measures to stamp out aggressive /threatening behaviour, verbal, written or physical abuse relating to the Cricket Tournament. In the event of any breaches all persons involved will be banned for life. The OBA will be fined, immediate disqualification of the team from the current tournament and Loss of all awards. The OBA will also face additional unspecified disciplinary action by the FoC Executive Committee including disqualification of the team from future tournament/s plus one or several years suspensions of the FoC Representatives and OBA Members, suspension or expulsion of the OBA from the FoC

4 CRICKET RULES

All teams (Captains and Team Managers included ) are required to arrive at the allocated ground and report to the Ground Coordinators /Umpires All Players will be 'VERIFIED' prior to the start and then if required any time during the tournament. Please Note that: any Player that has been verified is deemed to have Participated at the FoC Tournament.

Only 7 players from the list of maximum 12 players are allowed to play in any game of cricket. If due to circumstances the required full team of 7 players cannot found, then the OBA must be prepared to form a team with minimum 5 players.

Number of overs: Each match nominal 5 overs per side. However, due to adverse weather or other circumstances, the number of overs can be reduced, (Subject to a minimum of 3 overs per side). The final decision on the number of overs for each stage of the tournament, any changes to the order of play and the reallocations of grounds or the rearrangement of teams within groups will rest with the Cricket Chairman. Once decided, for each stage of the tournament reduced overs shall apply to all unfinished matches within that stage.

All Players must wear white clothing. It is the responsibility of each OBAs to enforce that all players wear necessary protective gear. The FoC will not be held liable in the event of any injury.

Before the start of any game the two participating OBAs shall provide scorers, one per team. At the end of each match, all scoring and its outcome shall be finalised.

All Players are expected to take established fielding positions in the cricket field. The wicket-keeper shall wear pads and gloves and shall stand close to the wickets (not near the boundary line). Umpires have the authority to stop any abuse of this rule.

In a match, a player can bowl one over and no more. His run up shall be limited to 10 yards. In the event of disqualification of a bowler or an injury to a bowler the Fielding Captain can nominate another player or who has not yet bowled to complete the over . In the event the fielding side cannot complete the over, the batting side will be declared the winner.

TWO RUNS will be awarded for a NO BALL or a WIDE. An EXTRA BALL shall be bowled. Any other runs scored will be counted towards the total. Underarm bowling is a NO BALL. Underarm bowling is not allowed and the bowler may be disqualified at the discretion of the umpire. 5 runs can be awarded for a novel circumstance.

The winner of a match will be declared based on the total number of runs scored. For incomplete matches the winner will be declared based on the total number of runs scored at the end of the third over. In the event of a Tie, the winner will be chosen by a toss of a coin, in the presence of the Umpire/s and or the Match Referee. The winner will receive 1 point and the looser zero points. This rule will be applied to matches abandoned due to weather or any other similar situation.

If during the Qualifying round/s or Round Robin stage/s, quarter and semi-finals two teams get the same number of winning points, then they will be separated by a toss of coin. If three or more gets the same number of winning points, then they will be separated by a draw. The toss or the draw will be undertaken by a person nominated by the Cricket Sub-Committee.

However, in the absence of a clear winner for the Plate and/or the Championship finals, both teams will declare Joint Winners of the respective Trophies.

Delay to the starting time of a match will result in a team losing overs of their batting innings. Up to 10 minutes grace is allowed. Then there will be a reduction of

1 batting over form 10 minutes up to 15 minutes delay;

2 batting overs from 16 minutes up to 20 minutes delay and After 20 min the match will be abandoned.

If one team is ready with minimum 5 players, at the starting time and the other team is late, then the late comers will lose batting over/s as above. After 20 min the match will be abandoned. Team that is ready with minimum 5 players will be declared winners the no-show side shall be declared the losers.

If both teams are late at the starting time but one team arrive earlier, (before time limit of 20 minutes.). The team that is ready to play with the minimum 5 players will benefit. Later arrival will lose batting overs

If both teams are late more than 20 min the match will be abandoned. Both teams will be declared losers and will get zero points.

If any unforeseen or novel circumstance, or dispute not covered by these rules, prior to or during the FoC event occur, then such should be reported to the Chairman, Cricket

Sub Committee. His decision will be Final. (Note: A verdict could be given after the event).

On the day of the tournament any dispute relating to a particular match will be dealt with by the Umpires. Their decision will be Final. The Umpires may consult the Ground Referee and / or Chairman of the Cricket Sub Committee.

All unresolved disputes after the tournament should be reported to Chairman, Cricket and the Hon. Secretary of the FoC and then the FoC General Committee will handle the dispute.

The cut-off date (absolute deadline) for any complaint relating to the FoC2018 Seven a Side Cricket Tournament will be 31st July 2018.

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