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SECTION C - THE PLAYERS

This section of the rules covers all matters relating to the players in the league

 

6 Paid Players and Amateurs in GMCL (Player Status)

This section of the rules covers how we differentiate between “professional” and “amateur” players and how they can participate in the league

This page covers:-

6.1.1.Player Status – Why is this important?

6.1.2.Player Status – Making a Decision

6.1.3.Definition of “Paid” or “Professional” player

6.1.4.Definition of “Amateur”

6.1.5.GMCL Policy on “Paid” or “Professional” players

 

6.1.Player Status defined by Home Office & ECB regulations

6.1.1.Player Status – Why is this important?

6.1.1.1.As a professional league GMCL must comply with all UK regulations

6.1.1.1.1.The Home Office & ECB have published terms to apply equally to UK residents and players from Overseas

6.1.1.2.This ensures all competition is equal

6.1.1.2.1.because the status of a player may limit the GMCL, County or National competitions that the player can compete in

 

6.1.2.Player Status – Making a Decision

6.1.2.1.It is a club’s decision to correctly allocate a player type

6.1.2.1.1.The club must base their decision on all relevant latest information and these rules

6.1.2.1.2.The facts determine the status

6.1.2.1.2.1.Attempts to alter facts or statements in order to meet eligibility criteria will result in bans or restrictions on the player and club,

6.1.2.1.3.Any decision made may be challenged by opponents, the Board, ECB or the Home Office, so appropriate records must be kept

 

6.1.3.Definition of “Paid” or “Professional” player

6.1.3.1.GMCL Definition of a “paid” player

6.1.3.1.1.This is a player who receives or expects to receive a reward, monetary or otherwise, in relation to cricket activity as a representative of or on behalf of a club or for playing for a team

6.1.3.1.1.1.from the club or from any business, sponsor or individual

6.1.3.1.1.2.at any time, before, during or after the season

6.1.3.2.The Home Office definition of a “Professional” Sportsperson

6.1.3.2.1.is someone, whether “paid” or “unpaid”, who: -

6.1.3.2.1.1.is providing services as a sportsperson, playing or coaching in any capacity, at a professional or semi-professional level of sport

6.1.3.2.1.2.or is a person who currently derives, who has in the past derived or seeks in the future to derive, a living from playing or coaching and

6.1.3.2.1.3.is providing services as a sportsperson or coach at any level of sport, unless they are doing so as an “Amateur”

6.1.3.3.“Unpaid” players can still be defined as “Professionals”

6.1.3.3.1.This is clear. Even if you do not pay a player, they can be considered as a professional from their past career or for what they wish to be in the future.

6.1.3.4.A “paid” player is deemed to be a “professional player” in all references within these rules.

 

6.1.4.Definition of “Amateur”

6.1.4.1.The Home Office definition of an “Amateur”

6.1.4.1.1.This is a person who engages in a sport or creative activity solely for personal enjoyment and

6.1.4.1.2.who has not previously, does not now and is not seeking to derive a wage or living from the activity.

6.1.4.1.3.A person playing or coaching in a “Professional” charity game where there is no personal gain can still be considered an amateur player where there are no other indicators of being a professional player.

 

6.1.5.GMCL Policy on “Paid” or “Professional” players

6.1.5.1.GMCL is an “open league”

6.1.5.1.1.A club can use multiple paid or professional players in their 1st XI but

6.1.5.1.2.there is no mandatory requirement on any club at any level to have one or more “paid” players.

6.1.5.2.Paid or Professional Players - Legal requirements

6.1.5.2.1.Clubs are wholly responsible for all legal costs

6.1.5.2.1.1.This includes Visa fees to the Home Office, Tax and National Insurance contributions to HMRC in respect of all payments to players.

6.1.5.3.Paid or Professional Players – Restrictions on Appointment

6.1.5.3.1.No League club professional shall be engaged (or approached with a view to engagement) by another League club for the following season before 1st August without the consent of his present club. Penalty £100.00.

6.1.5.3.1.1.Clubs aware of an illegal approach must e-mail GtrMcrCricket@mail.com marked CONFIDENTIAL with appropriate details.

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7 ECB Player Categories

This section of the rules covers how the ECB has standardised groups of players across the country and how they can participate in the league

This page covers:-

7.1.1.Reasoning for using ECB Categories

7.1.2.Category 1 – Qualified to play for England

7.1.3.Category 2 – Capped or uncapped Contracted Player, qualified to play for England

7.1.4.Category 3 – Not normally living in the UK and not qualified to play for England

7.1.5.Category 3 Exempt – Living in UK but not yet qualified to play for England

 

7.1.GMCL Use ECB Standard Player Categories for 2019 Season and beyond

7.1.1.Reasoning for Categories

7.1.1.1.These categories standardise the descriptions of players across the country

7.1.1.1.1.Players are required to use this standard at registration on cricHQ

7.1.1.1.2.The clubs may be asked to verify the category selected for any player by the league or ECB as detailed below.

 

7.1.2.Category 1 – Qualified to play for England

7.1.2.1.This category includes “paid”, “professional” and “amateur” players

7.1.2.2.Category 1 criteria from January 2019 are

7.1.2.2.1.British Citizenship and,

7.1.2.2.1.1.either born in England/Wales or three years residence (a total of 210 days/year April-March) and

7.1.2.2.1.2.Not played as a local player in professional international or domestic cricket in a Full Member country within the last three years

7.1.2.3.Category 1 players in GMCL

7.1.2.3.1.“Paid” or “Professional” Category 1 players can only play for a Saturday 1st XI in League, Cup or GMCL20

7.1.2.3.2.“Amateur” Category 1 players can play in any GMCL team, dependent on age qualification

7.1.2.3.3.There is no limit on Category 1 players

7.1.2.4.Verification

7.1.2.4.1.Clubs may be required to obtain copies of documents of documents to verify citizenship, birth and ordinary residence to verify eligibility.

 

7.1.3.Category 2 – Capped or uncapped Contracted Player, qualified to play for England

7.1.3.1.This category includes “paid”, “professional” and “amateur” players

7.1.3.2.Contracted to a First-Class county or MCC Young Cricketers including

7.1.3.2.1.A full playing contract, a summer contract, or a development (scholarship) contract

7.1.3.2.2.but not an Academy contract (16-19 years),who are therefore Category 1

7.1.3.3.Category 2 players in GMCL

7.1.3.3.1.Category 2 players can only play for a Saturday 1st XI in League, Cup or GMCL20

7.1.3.3.2.There is no limit on Category 2 players

7.1.3.4.Verification

7.1.3.4.1.Whilst verification of residence may be required, online records are likely to verify a Category 2 player.

 

7.1.4.Category 3 – Not normally living in the UK and not qualified to play for England

7.1.4.1.This category covers “paid”, “professional” and “amateur” players who are not “Overseas Exempt”

7.1.4.2.Players in this category are often referred to as an “Overseas” player

7.1.4.3.ECB guidance should always be followed

7.1.4.3.1.ECB guidance can be found here

7.1.4.4.Category 3 players in GMCL

7.1.4.4.1.Category 3 (not exempt) players can only play for a Saturday 1st XI in League, Cup or GMCL20

7.1.4.4.2.A club may only have one “Paid” or “Professional” player from overseas.

7.1.4.5.GMCL allows a maximum of two Category 3 or Category 3 Exempt players per team

7.1.4.5.1.At First XI level this can be one “Overseas” Professional plus an Overseas Amateur player or an Overseas Exempt player or two Overseas Amateur players.

7.1.4.5.2.At Second XI and below clubs may only have up to two Overseas Exempt players.

7.1.4.5.3.See “Overseas” Players Additional Information below

7.1.4.6.Verification

7.1.4.6.1.Online records are likely to verify a Category 3 player.

7.1.4.7.“Overseas” Players Additional Information

7.1.4.7.1.Documents

7.1.4.7.1.1.“Passport” & “Visa” are documents which allow a person to enter and be in the UK legally, they are not wholly determining factors in a player’s eligibility status.

7.1.4.7.1.2.A UK Passport

7.1.4.7.1.2.1.does not mean the holder is eligible to play for England and

7.1.4.7.1.2.2.does not qualify a person as resident in the UK.

7.1.4.7.1.3.A Visa from the Home Office

7.1.4.7.1.3.1.There are a range of visas available for activity in the UK, and

7.1.4.7.1.3.2.professionals require a different visa to amateurs.

7.1.4.7.1.3.3.There are several visa types that allow amateur players to play cricket and there are a number that do not.

7.1.4.7.1.3.4.See Home Office overview here

7.1.4.8.Sponsorship and Governing Body Endorsement

7.1.4.8.1.Professionals from overseas will require ECB Governing Body Endorsement,

7.1.4.8.2.there is more ECB guidance on Governing Body Endorsement here including a Step by Step guide.

7.1.4.9.Advice & Decision Making

7.1.4.9.1.Clubs should ensure they are acquainted with the latest rules before engaging a player from overseas, but

7.1.4.9.1.1.Clubs should be aware that the Home Office rules will likely change year on year and not necessarily in line with the time at which you are looking to engage a player

7.1.4.9.1.2.The Board will ensure that any advice supplied to us from the governing body is shared with clubs through the registered club contacts.

7.1.4.9.2.The Home Office is the arbiter and they should be contacted with any challenges.

7.1.4.9.2.1.The ECB or GMCL are not registered to give advice on immigration.

7.1.4.9.2.2.Information on aspects of immigration policy and law can be found on the Home Office website,

7.1.4.9.2.3.ECB can answer questions by e-mail to managedmigration@ecb.co.uk

7.1.4.9.3.GMCL can provide guidance based on the full facts submitted by e-mail to GtrMcrCricket@mail.com but cannot make any rulings.

 

7.1.5.Category 3 Exempt – Living in UK but not yet qualified to play for England

7.1.5.1.This category covers “paid”, “professional” and “amateur” players

7.1.5.2.Players must be ordinarily resident in the UK

7.1.5.2.1.Who have lived in the UK for at least 18 consecutive months prior to registration

7.1.5.2.2.who have not been out of the UK for 35 consecutive days or 70 days in total in the last 24 months,

7.1.5.3.Payments to exempt players

7.1.5.3.1.and any remuneration received from cricket should not be the main source of income.

7.1.5.4.Category 3 Exempt Players in GMCL

7.1.5.4.1.“Paid” or “Professional” Category 3 Exempt players can only play for any Saturday 1st XI in League, Cup or GMCL20

7.1.5.4.2.“Amateur” Category 3 Exempt players can play in any GMCL team, dependent on age qualification

7.1.5.5.GMCL allows a maximum of two Category 3 or Category 3 Exempt players per team

7.1.5.5.1.At First XI level this can be one Overseas Professional plus an Overseas Amateur player or an Overseas Exempt player or two Overseas Amateur players.

7.1.5.5.2.At Second XI and below clubs may only have up to two Amateur Overseas Exempt players.

7.1.5.6.Verification

7.1.5.6.1.Clubs should verify all such players with information obtained from the player after their application, copied and retained for club, league and ECB records;

7.1.5.6.2.the information could be

7.1.5.6.2.1.verification of main income where the player is paid

7.1.5.6.2.2.bank statements, bills, etc showing the residence period and date.

SECTION C - THE PLAYERS

8 GMCL Player Groups & Restrictions

This section of the rules covers how we differentiate between player roles and shows the restrictions we use in GMCL

This page covers:-

8.1.1.Why do we have Named Professionals?

8.1.2.Selecting a “Named Professional”

8.1.3.Registering the “Named Professional”

8.2.1.Club eligibility for a substitute / deputy professional

8.2.2.Player eligibility to be Deputy Professional

8.2.3.Substitute or Deputy Professional - Application Process

 

8.1.Named Professional Player

8.1.1.Why do we have Named Professionals?

8.1.1.1.Named Professionals reasoning

8.1.1.1.1.In order to maintain the standard in the highest league competitions, in certain circumstances, GMCL allows for one paid player who may be injured, affected by illness or otherwise made unavailable to be replaced by a substitute / deputy of similar standard

 

8.1.2.Selecting a “Named Professional”

8.1.2.1.Named Professionals – who can be a “Named Professional”?

8.1.2.1.1.a club may nominate only one player as a “Named Professional” and

8.1.2.1.1.1.Where a club has a “paid” player from overseas that player must be their “Named Professional”.

8.1.2.1.1.2.Where a club has no paid overseas player but has one or more “paid” players, the club must nominate one of those players as a “Named Professional”.

8.1.2.1.1.3.By definition these substitute / deputy rules do not apply to Overseas Amateur players.

8.1.2.2.A player who has been a “Named Professional” or deputy professional in another league in the season in question

8.1.2.2.1.can only transfer to a GMCL club if he becomes the GMCL club’s only “Named Professional”

8.1.2.2.2.and he cannot transfer to a GMCL club if it already has a “Named Professional”.

8.1.2.3.No player registered as a “Named Professional” shall be allowed to play for more than one club in any GMCL Competition during the season

8.1.2.4.Only GMCL Named Professionals can be a substitute or a deputy professional in another League.

 

8.1.3.Registering the “Named Professional”

8.1.3.1.The “Named Professional” must be registered on the League’s Google Form HERE

8.1.3.1.1.before the player’s first game and no later than 31st May.

8.1.3.2.Named Professional’s contract

8.1.3.2.1.A signed copy of the Named Professional’s contract (only redacting financial details)

8.1.3.2.1.1.must be lodged with the League prior to the start of the season and

8.1.3.2.1.2.sent to the Club Director via e-mail club-director@gtrmcrccricket.co.uk

8.1.4.Named Professional Record on cricHQ

8.1.4.1.When a player is registered, and that player is the “Named Professional”

8.1.4.1.1.the cricHQ admin should add “(Pro)” in the players “Surname” field after the name so that this shows up on all scorecards.

 

8.2.Substitute or Deputy for the “Named Professional”

8.2.1.Club eligibility for a substitute / deputy professional

8.2.1.1.if the registered “Named Professional” fails to arrive for the start of the season.

8.2.1.1.1.A substitute will be considered upon application but

8.2.1.1.1.1.If the player has not arrived and is not available for selection by the 4th scheduled set of league fixtures of the season the club involved will NOT be allowed to engage a deputy professional AFTER that date, until such time that the “Named Professional” arrives, or a permanent replacement is engaged.

8.2.1.2.If the “Named Professional” falls seriously ill or is injured during the season

8.2.1.2.1.A substitute will be considered upon application but

8.2.1.2.2.the “Named Professional” must be in the UK and available for examination as the Board see fit.

8.2.1.3.If the “Named Professional” is called up for duties in his home country

8.2.1.3.1.A substitute will be considered upon application

8.2.1.3.2.in the event of a “Named Professional” being unable to fulfil his contractual obligations by reason of having been required to represent his Country or his County equivalent in an International, or First Class, List A, or T20 games

8.2.1.3.2.1.please note that List A and non-international T20s are being removed from this list from GMCL season 2021 onwards,

8.2.1.3.3.provided that the Club in question obtains and delivers to the League confirmation in writing from the appropriate Board of Control, County Board (or other like Authority),that the Named Professional was so required to represent his Country and/or County (or equivalent) (“the Confirmation”) and that as a result of such requirement the named Professional would be unable to perform his contractual obligations.

8.2.1.4.A deputy professional will NOT be allowed for any reason if a signed copy of the Named Professional’s contract (only redacting financial details) has NOT been lodged with the League nor for (but not limited to these circumstances): -

8.2.1.4.1.A named professional travelling away for personal or family events of any nature

8.2.1.4.2.Any contracted absence

8.2.1.4.3.A UK county contracted player called up to the county

 

8.2.2.Player eligibility to be Deputy Professional

8.2.2.1.Deputy must be a professional player from outside the league

8.2.2.2.Deputy must be a player of equal standing

8.2.2.2.1.Any proposed replacement must not have played at a standard higher than the standard played by the player being replaced in the last 5 years

8.2.2.2.1.1.For example, a former county player cannot replace a player who only played at second XI county level and a current test player cannot replace a professional who last played Test Cricket over 5 years ago.

8.2.2.3.Players NOT eligible (but not limited to)

8.2.2.3.1.Amateur players from within the league or from other leagues cannot be used.

 

8.2.3.Substitute or Deputy Professional - Application Process

8.2.3.1.Deputy Professional applications must contain

8.2.3.1.1.The reason for the request and

8.2.3.1.2.details of the timing of any injury / illness with medical reports and

8.2.3.1.3.must be submitted in the fullest detail

8.2.3.1.4.including how the player may be contacted at the time of the application.

8.2.3.2.Deputy Professional applications must be made to the league by e-mail

8.2.3.2.1.to deputypros-loanplayers@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk

8.2.3.2.2.by 8pm on a Thursday before the Saturday or Sunday games (cc to GtrMcrCricket@mail.com please) and

8.2.3.2.3.must be repeated for each weekend the deputy is required, even if the same player is used.

8.2.3.3.Deputy Professional applications e-mail

8.2.3.3.1.should be headed: URGENT – Deputy Professional – XX CC and the following should be stated in the body of the e-mail:

8.2.3.3.1.1.Full name of the named professional who needs to be replaced

8.2.3.3.1.2.Full explanation surrounding the request, reason, injury details, when occurred, length of expected layoff and medical opinion sought, or the Confirmation if Rule 2.6.1.3 applies.

8.2.3.3.1.3.full name of the proposed replacement

8.2.3.3.1.4.Current Club

8.2.3.3.1.5.Highest standard played by this player in last 5 years

8.2.3.3.1.6.Current club has given permission (where applicable)

8.2.3.3.1.7.Status of player – England Qualified or overseas player etc

8.2.3.3.2.To auto generate an e-mail CLICK HERE

8.2.3.3.3.The Board will respond to the sender of the application.

 

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8.3.Restrictions on Players in GMCL

This page covers:-

8.3.1. Banned or Suspended Players

8.3.2. Age Restrictions on Players

8.3.3. Intro to Starred Players (for full detail go to Player Qualification)

8.4.1. Loan Players

8.3.1.Banned or Suspended Players

8.3.1.1.Bans or suspensions imposed by GMCL, other Leagues or ECB

8.3.1.1.1.No player shall play in any match under the auspices of GMCL who is currently suspended from playing cricket by either the ECB, LCF, GMCL or any other cricket league or equivalent body.

 

8.3.2.Age Restrictions

8.3.2.1.For open age GMCL competition

8.3.2.1.1.School Year 6 (under 11) and below

8.3.2.1.1.1.Players from School Year 6 or below may not compete in GMCL Open Age Cricket

8.3.2.1.2.School Year 7 (under 12)

8.3.2.1.2.1.Players from School Year 7 must meet the following criteria

8.3.2.1.2.1.1.the player must be selected in a County U12 squad in Spring or a Summer squad for that season which is deemed by ECB Performance Managers to be of a standard above “District Level” are eligible to play Open Age Cricket and

8.3.2.1.2.1.2.the player must be at least 11 years old on 1st September preceding the season and

8.3.2.1.2.1.3.the player must have written parental or guardian consent to play, lodged with their club.

8.3.2.1.3.School Year 8 (under 13)

8.3.2.1.3.1.Players in School Year 8 must have explicit written consent from a parent or guardian lodged with their club before participating in Open Age matches.

8.3.2.1.4.Clubs must ensure that their player registration procedures ensure that consent is obtained.

8.3.2.1.5.The ECB guidance relating to changing and showering must be adhered to.

8.3.2.1.6.All players in School Year 9 (under 14) and above may play unhindered in GMCL Open Competition where it is considered safe for them to do so.

8.3.2.1.7.Players Under 19 and below may face restrictions in their role in a game.

8.3.2.1.8.Detailed Guidance can be found in the ECB document in our Junior Documents page of the GMCL website.

8.3.2.2.Club’s Duty of Care

8.3.2.2.1.In allowing any junior players to play in Open Age Cricket

8.3.2.2.1.1.it is essential that Clubs and Coaches recognise the “Duty of Care” obligations towards their young players.

8.3.2.2.1.2.Junior player’s safety and protection must be utmost in club officials’ and captain’s thinking

8.3.2.3.For GMCL junior competition

8.3.2.3.1.All players must be amateur players who must meet the age group criteria,

8.3.2.3.1.1.concessions may be granted as determined by the junior committee.

 

8.3.3.Starred Players

8.3.3.1.Overview of Starred Player system

8.3.3.1.1.GMCL have a Starred Player system to prevent the best players from playing at 2nd XI, 3rd XI & 4th XI level

8.3.3.1.1.1.Clubs are required to identify their best players pre-season and mid-season and maintain their lists to ensure a fair competition.

8.3.3.1.1.2.The full Starred Player rules are under Player Qualification for GMCL Competition

 

8.4.Player Shortages

8.4.1.Loan Players

8.4.1.1.Loan Player – Why do we have Loan Players?

8.4.1.1.1.GMCL have introduced the Loan Player rule to give competitive cricket to more players

8.4.1.1.1.1.This allows players not selected at their own club to help another club fulfil a league fixture where they are shorthanded and so not spoil a game for those players who are available and supports the ECB’s “Get the Game On” policy.

8.4.1.2.Loan Player - When can Loan Players be used?

8.4.1.2.1.Where a club knows in advance that it may have a shortage of players for a League fixture

8.4.1.2.1.1.it may apply to the league to use loan players from other local GMCL clubs.

8.4.1.2.2.All teams in Divisions 3 and 4 and the Sunday competition are allowed to take loan players for League matches.

8.4.1.2.3.Loan players cannot be used in cup or GMCL20 matches

8.4.1.3.Loan Player - Player Eligibility

8.4.1.3.1.The player loaned must be a registered GMCL player but

8.4.1.3.1.1.No starred player may be loaned, this includes Junior Exempt Players that are starred and

8.4.1.3.1.2.players may not play against their parent club

8.4.1.3.2.For a Saturday match,

8.4.1.3.2.1.players must not have been selected for their own club’s equivalent games on that day and choose to play on loan

8.4.1.3.3.Where a Saturday team has no game on a particular day,

8.4.1.3.3.1.players cannot be loaned when they have played in 2 of the last 3 matches in which that player was available for selection.

8.4.1.3.4.For a Sunday match,

8.4.1.3.4.1.players not selected for their own club’s game that day who did not play in the Saturday teams for their home club on the preceding day.

8.4.1.4.Loan Player - Arrangements

8.4.1.4.1.The league makes no arrangements for loans to take place.

8.4.1.4.2.Clubs should

8.4.1.4.2.1.contact the league on deputypros-loanplayers@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk with sufficient time to ensure full arrangements can be completed by 8pm on the Thursday prior to the fixture that they will have player shortages and subsequently notify the league of the player(s) to be used.

8.4.1.4.2.2.ensure they have written agreement of the club holding the player’s registration to the arrangement.

8.4.1.4.3.When all is agreed and approved, GMCL will add a player record to the team on cricHQ to be used on matchday.

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9 Player Registrations

This section of the rules details the registration requirements for players at club and league level

This page covers:-

9.1.1. Mandatory Registration with a club

9.2.1. Registering with a new club

9.2.2. Registering on cricHQ at a new club

9.2.3. Adding New Players to teams at a club

9.2.4. Player Leaving your club

 

9.1.Player – Club Registrations

9.1.1.All players must, irrespective of age, be registered with a club

9.1.1.1.As a bone fide, fully paid up member of any club that they represent

9.1.1.1.1.Or as a registered professional or “overseas” player of the club, or

9.1.1.1.2.Or be on temporary loan to that club through agreed procedures.

9.1.1.2.Multiple Club Registrations

9.1.1.2.1.No player may be registered with a club or play for that club where registered for more than one club in open age competition in any league in any season unless

9.1.1.2.1.1.there has been an agreed transfer between clubs during the season and all debts at the previous club are settled and all bans served or

9.1.1.2.1.2.there is an agreed temporary loan in place between GMCL clubs in accordance with GMCL rules

9.1.1.2.1.3.the player is a club’s named professional and he plays as a deputy professional in another league on a day when his GMCL club does not have a first team league, first team cup or GMCL20 game

9.1.1.2.2.e.g. A player cannot be registered at Club A but when he does not get a game turnout for Club B or vice-versa unless the loan procedures can come into play.

9.1.1.3.Multiple Competitions

9.1.1.3.1.No player registered in another league can play open age cricket for a GMCL team in any season unless

9.1.1.3.1.1.there has been an agreed transfer between clubs during the season and all debts at the previous club are settled and all bans served or

9.1.1.3.1.2.the player is playing in a GMCL game as a deputy professional approved by the GMCL Board

0e.g. A player playing at Team A in a Saturday League outside GMCL may play for Team B in GMCL Sunday Competition or vice versa

 

9.2.Player – Registration with the League

9.2.1.Players registering with a new GMCL club

9.2.1.1.Player Registration - Google form must be completed by the player joining a new club

9.2.1.1.1. (linked from the GMCL website Match Info / Transfer & New Players) for the following

9.2.1.1.1.1.Any player over 13 new to club cricket or

9.2.1.1.1.2.Any player re-joining after a 3-year spell away from the game who will play for an open age team at the club

9.2.1.1.1.3.Any player registering as a club “Named Professional” for the season

9.2.1.1.1.4.Any player registering as an Overseas Amateur player for the season

9.2.1.1.1.5.Any player transferring from inside or outside the league to a GMCL club with less than 3 years between clubs – also see “Player transfer requirements” below

9.2.1.1.2.The details required on this form are sufficient to meet ECB requirements on registration of Overseas players and may be used for verification purposes.

9.2.1.2.Player Registration - Deadline dates

9.2.1.2.1.All Named Professionals and Overseas must be registered by 31st May in the season

9.2.1.2.2.All players who have have played any open age first class or list A cricket in any country in the 3 years prior to the 31st May in the season in question must be registered by 31st May in the season in question.

9.2.1.2.3.All other players must be registered by 31st July in the season.

9.2.1.3.Player Transfer requirements

9.2.1.3.1.The League operates a two-stage paperless transfer system

9.2.1.3.2.The GMCL transfer system must be driven by the player

9.2.1.3.2.1.A Google form must be completed by the player, this is on the GMCL website Match Info / Transfer & New Players

9.2.1.3.2.2.Deliberately incorrect or misleading/false statements will result in a fine to the club of £100.00 per player,

9.2.1.3.2.3.there is no time limit to the league receiving information in respect of false details given at registration.

9.2.1.3.3.The player must then

9.2.1.3.3.1.request that their contact at the old club e-mails the league on GtrMcrCricket@Mail.com (E-mail Subject Header should be “New Player Transfer: add player Name”)

9.2.1.3.3.2.to state that there are no objections to the transfer from that club and

9.2.1.3.3.3.to state that there are no outstanding liabilities and no bans currently in place.

9.2.1.3.4.For those reading this on line an e-mail can be generated HERE

9.2.1.4.Player Transfer clearance to play for new club

9.2.1.4.1.All approved transfers will be shown on the league website

9.2.1.4.2.When this is done, the transfer is confirmed

9.2.1.4.3.If the transfer is between GMCL clubs, the GMCL administrator will transfer the player record on cricHQ,

9.2.1.4.4.There is no requirement to miss any games following a transfer provided the above procedures are followed.

 

9.2.2.Players new to GMCL - cricHQ registration

9.2.2.1.All players must be registered on cricHQ,

9.2.2.1.1.All players new to GMCL must register on cricHQ before they can play in GMCL competition

9.2.2.1.2.Registration procedures are shown on the league website

9.2.2.2.Failure to register on cricHQ and incorrect registrations

9.2.2.2.1.Players not registered by the first game will not be able to play until properly registered.

9.2.2.2.2.It is the club’s cricHQ admin’s responsibility to ensure all their players are registered on cricHQ

9.2.2.2.2.1.and registered in accordance with laid down procedures particularly for transfers and overseas

9.2.2.2.2.2.failure to do so will result in a fine of £50.00 in each case per game to be paid by the club.

 

9.2.3.Adding new players to cricHQ Team Squads

9.2.3.1.After a player has registered for the club,

9.2.3.1.1.the club's cricHQ admin must ensure that the player is allocated to all the club’s squads (age groups, 1st XI, 2nd XI etc) for whom they may play.

 

9.2.4.Player Leaving your club

9.2.4.1.Please do not delete any records on cricHQ.

9.2.4.1.1.The player record should be archived at your club,

9.2.4.1.2.The club’s cricHQ admin should find the player on the club’s player list and click on the …•••..and any new club will pick up the cricHQ record when needed

SECTION C - THE PLAYERS

10 Player Qualification for GMCL League & Cup Competitions

This section of the rules helps you determine the players that are available for each team

This page covers:-

10.1.1.Appropriate Players & Eligibility - Summary

10.1.2.Exceptions & Disputes - Summary

10.2.1.First XI Restrictions on Selection

10.3.1.Starred Players - Second XI, Third XI & Fourth XI Restrictions on Selection

10.3.2.Procedure for recording the club’s starred players

10.3.3.Junior Exempt Players - Reasoning

10.4.1.Second XI Restrictions on Selection

10.5.1.Third XI and Fourth XI Restrictions on Selection

10.6.1.Restrictions in GMCL20

 

10.1.GMCL League and Cup Competitions - Summary Notes

10.1.1.Appropriate Players & Eligibility - Summary

10.1.1.1.Clubs are reminded that all GMCL League & Cup competitions are meant to be for the appropriate players at their club

10.1.1.1.1.The First XI competitions are for the best players you have available but

10.1.1.1.2.Attempts to play higher grade players in lower teams without valid reason will be frowned upon and penalties considered after consideration by the Board.

10.1.1.2.Only players meeting the registration requirements as set out in these full rules regarding players shall be eligible to play in the League and Cup Competitions.

10.1.1.3.Paid players, Professionals and Overseas players are only eligible to play at First XI level in GMCL League & Cup Competitions

10.1.1.4.Starred player rules apply to GMCL League and Cup Competitions

10.1.1.5.Loan players are not allowed in GMCL Cup competitions.

10.1.1.6.The exemption for Junior Exempt Players does NOT apply to cup games

10.1.1.7.No player shall be allowed to play for more than one club in GMCL Cup Competitions in the same season - “Cup-Tied”

10.1.1.7.1.This includes players who have transferred between GMCL clubs who played in a GMCL cup at their original club but

10.1.1.7.2.players transferring in from outside GMCL are eligible.

10.1.1.8.For the purpose of these rules relating to the Cup, reference to “the same round” refers to Round of 32, Round of 16, Round of 8 etc,

10.1.1.8.1.i.e. the number of teams remaining in each competition at the start of the round.

 

10.1.2.Exceptions & Disputes - Summary

10.1.2.1.Before the match

10.1.2.1.1.If any club feels that there should be an exception to these rules, in advance of the game, there are full procedures below

10.1.2.1.2.It is the responsibility of clubs to select eligible and appropriate players

10.1.2.1.3.Umpires do not give rulings on eligibility on match day and should not be asked to.

10.1.2.2.After a match

10.1.2.2.1.any club may object to any player used by any team, see below

10.1.2.2.2.the Board, on consideration of the official scorecard, umpire’s reports, and captain’s reports may object to any player used by any team, see below

10.1.2.3.The Board or appointed Sub-Committee have the power to deal with any breach of these eligibility rules as they deem necessary including, without limitation, disciplining the captain of an offending club.

 

10.2.GMCL First XI League & Cup Match Eligibility

10.2.1.First XI Restrictions on Selection

10.2.1.1.All players registered at a club are eligible to play for the club’s First XI in League and Cup competitions with the following exceptions

10.2.1.1.1.Any player currently banned or otherwise deemed ineligible within these rules must not play for the First XI.

10.2.1.1.2.Players must meet the minimum Age Restriction for GMCL Open Age competition

10.2.1.2.There are additional restrictions for League competition.

10.2.1.2.1.First XIs playing in the Sunday League may use only Category 1 players and a maximum of 2 unpaid Category 3E (Exempt)

10.2.1.2.2.First XIs playing in the Saturday competition are limited to 2 Category 3 or 3E players

10.2.1.2.3.First XIs playing in the Saturday competition may only play 1 Professional Category 3 player

10.2.1.3.There are additional restrictions for the cup

10.2.1.3.1.First XI - In the Cup, matches in the same round on different days

10.2.1.3.1.1.No player, having played for the Second XI in the Cup shall be allowed to play for the First XI in the same round of the cup competition (and vice-versa).

10.2.1.3.2.First XI - In the Cup from the quarter final (“last 8” / “Round of 8”) onwards,

10.2.1.3.2.1.by the date of the match in question the following player types must have played in at least four matches (league or cup but not GMCL20) for the team concerned in the current season.

10.2.1.3.2.1.1.all Category 2 and Category 3 players

10.2.1.3.2.1.2.all players who have played any open age first class or List A cricket in any country in the 3 years prior to 31st May in the season in question.

10.2.1.4.This rule does not apply to a deputy/substitute professional properly appointed

10.2.1.5.Any reference to a match in this rule shall not count a match in which there is no play.

 

10.3.Starred Players - Managing restrictions and fair competition below First XI cricket

10.3.1.Starred Players - Second XI, Third XI & Fourth XI Restrictions on Selection

10.3.1.1.Starred Player system in GMCL relates to League & Cup matches

10.3.1.1.1.There are restrictions around who can and cannot play for Second XI, Third XI and Fourth XI in GMCL League and Cup Competitions and these rules are below

10.3.1.1.2.These rules must be operated by all clubs with an open age team in GMCL competition irrespective of how many of those teams play in GMCL or where the club’s senior teams play.

10.3.1.1.3.The ‘Starred Player” system is not in place to equalise the Sunday competition across clubs of different standards, clubs must still develop and improve their players

10.3.1.1.4.The starred players list is for all registered players at a club and should include all juniors where they meet the criteria

10.3.1.2.The ‘Starred Player” system is designed to

10.3.1.2.1.be the most straightforward system available to provide a fairer and more even competition in GMCL at all grades below 1st XI.

10.3.1.2.2.prevent the absolute best players at a club from playing at Second XI at any stage of the season in cup or league games and

10.3.1.2.3.prevent all First XI players and the best Second XI players from playing Third XI and Fourth XI cricket in cup or league games, but

10.3.1.2.4.allow those who play Second XI but do not bat and bowl regularly to play at Third XI and Fourth XI level and

10.3.1.2.5.encourage clubs to register more players and play more juniors across the levels.

10.3.1.3.Deciding on the club’s starred players

10.3.1.3.1.All clubs with two or more teams, irrespective of the league competitions where their open age teams play, must complete List A.

10.3.1.3.1.1.List A players

10.3.1.3.1.1.1.are not allowed to play for any team lower than the First XI at any time.

10.3.1.3.1.2.List A (minimum 5 names) must include

10.3.1.3.1.2.1.all players in receipt of any payment in cash or kind in respect of cricket made by the club or any associated person, business or sponsor and

10.3.1.3.1.2.2.all players deemed to be “professional”

10.3.1.3.1.2.3.all Category 2 and Category 3 players (excluding Category 3E) and then,

10.3.1.3.1.2.4.if the number of players from those three segments is less than 5 then the club must add the best players (based on performance) at the club to make the list up to 5.

10.3.1.3.2.All clubs with three or more teams, irrespective of the leagues where their teams play, must also complete List B.

10.3.1.3.2.1.List B players

10.3.1.3.2.1.1.are not allowed to play for any team lower than the Second XI at any time.

10.3.1.3.2.2.List B must be made up of the next best players at the club not listed on List A to make the total of List A + List B equal to 16 players.

10.3.1.4.Restrictions to the Lists A and B

10.3.1.4.1.Players can only be placed on the starred players list when they are available to play, for example

10.3.1.4.1.1.a player who is available only from July can only be on the list from July

10.3.1.4.1.2.a banned player cannot be on a starred player list for the period of their ban

10.3.1.4.1.3.Players can only be placed on the starred player list if they are available for selection on a regular basis for all teams at the club and play more games than not.

10.3.1.5.Any club found to be deliberately not listing players in order to strengthen the 3rd or 4th XI will attract a penalty from the Board.

 

10.3.2.Procedure for recording the club’s starred players

10.3.2.1.Starred player lists must be notified to the League before the beginning of each season

10.3.2.1.1.The form for creating and updating your List A and List B can be found here

10.3.2.2.the list of your starred players will be published on the league website

10.3.2.2.1.All starred players must be acceptable to the GMCL Board before players play for any lower team

10.3.2.2.2.The list is open to challenge by the Leagues compliance team or opponents

10.3.2.3.Every club should review their list of starred players regularly to make changes as they happen,

10.3.2.3.1.any amendment must be submitted on the same form, re-listing all your starred players.

10.3.2.3.2.Any revision will be checked for eligibility.

10.3.2.3.3.In addition, at 30th June each year,

10.3.2.3.3.1.any un-starred player at that date who has played fifty percent or more of the players personal league games in the 1st XI must become a starred player and therefore not be allowed to play in the Third XI from that point unless exempted.

10.3.2.3.4.Accepted changes will be published on the Starred Players page on the website.

 

10.3.3.Junior Exempt Players - Reasoning

10.3.3.1.The starred players list is for registered players of all ages at a club who play at the higher levels and should include all juniors where they meet the criteria.

10.3.3.1.1.However, the league wishes to give junior players who may only play secondary roles in the first or second XIs the opportunity to play leading roles in lower grade matches

10.3.3.2.The Exemption

10.3.3.2.1.The exemption is that

10.3.3.2.1.1.Amateur Category 1 (England qualified) & Amateur Category 3 (Exempt) players who are under 17 years of age on 1st September of the previous year (e.g. 1st Sept 2020 for 2021 Season)

10.3.3.2.1.1.1.who have not played county level at Under 16 level or above in the current or previous season,

10.3.3.2.1.1.2.are eligible at any time for any league game at any level at their age group and above including Second XI, Third XI and Fourth XI.

10.3.3.2.2.The exemption applies to League Games only and not cup games.

10.3.3.2.3.The players will be referred to as Junior Exempt Players

10.3.3.2.4.The rules on Loan Players can apply to Junior Exempt Players

 

10.4.GMCL Second XI League & Cup Match Eligibility

10.4.1.Second XI Restrictions on Selection

10.4.1.1.In League and Cup competitions

10.4.1.1.1.No player on Starred Player List A can play for the Second XI in League or Cup competitions at any time.

10.4.1.1.2.Only Category 1 (England qualified) and Unpaid Category 3 Exempt players, not on List A, are eligible to play for the Second XI.

10.4.1.1.3.Any player currently banned or otherwise deemed ineligible within these rules must not play for the Second XI.

10.4.1.2.There are additional restrictions for League competition

10.4.1.2.1.where the Second XI play on the same day as the First XI

10.4.1.2.1.1.then the starred player rules apply so all club registered players not on List A are eligible for the Second XI

10.4.1.2.1.2.except in the last three league matches of the season where any player who has played in six or more matches in the First XI in the season must also have played in a minimum of 3 Second XI league matches in the season to be eligible for the Second XI.

10.4.1.2.2.where the First XI play in the Saturday League Competition and the Second XI play in the Sunday League Competition,

10.4.1.2.2.1.then all club registered players not on List A are eligible for the Second XI throughout the season.

10.4.1.2.3.where the Second XI normally play on the same day as the First XI but they occasionally play on different days of the weekend for whatever reason,

10.4.1.2.3.1.then no players playing in the 1st XI shall play in the Second XI game on the same weekend

10.4.1.2.4.Any reference to a match in this rule shall not count a match where there is no play

10.4.1.3.There are additional restrictions for the cup

10.4.1.3.1.When a club’s First and Second XI's are engaged in their respective cup competitions on the same day there are no eligibility restrictions for these games except

10.4.1.3.1.1.No player on Starred Player List A can play for the Second XI in League or Cup competitions at any time.

10.4.1.3.1.2.Only Category 1 (England qualified) and Category 3E players (overseas exempt),not on List A, are eligible to play for the Second XI.

10.4.1.3.2.No player, having played for the First XI in the Cup shall be allowed to play for the Second XI in the same round of the cup competition (and vice-versa).

10.4.1.3.3.Where the Second XI remain in the cup after the round in which the First XI are eliminated (e.g. R16 where First XI eliminated in R32)

10.4.1.3.3.1.any player who has played 50% or more of their personal league match appearances in the current season for the First XI, up to the 2nd XI round in question (or where a reserve date is used, up to that date),shall not be eligible for participation in the Second XI cup round in question.

10.4.1.3.4.Any reference to a match in this rule shall not count a match where there is no play.

 

10.5.GMCL Third XI and Fourth XI League & Cup Match Eligibility

10.5.1.Third XI and Fourth XI Restrictions on Selection

10.5.1.1.In League and Cup competitions

10.5.1.1.1.No player on the latest Starred Player List A or List B registered by the Club is eligible to play for the Third XI or Fourth XI in League or Cup competitions at any time.

10.5.1.1.2.Only Category 1 (England qualified) and Category 3E players (overseas exempt),not on List A or List B, are eligible to play for the Third XI or Fourth XI.

10.5.1.1.3.Any player currently banned or otherwise deemed ineligible within these rules must not play for the Third or Fourth XI.

10.5.1.2.There are additional restrictions for League competition

10.5.1.2.1.Subject to the rules above, all players registered at the club shall be eligible for the Third XI or Fourth XI with the following exclusions

10.5.1.2.1.1.No un-starred player may play in any Third XI or Fourth XI League match if three of the player’s last five matches have been in the First XI (League or Cup) and

10.5.1.2.1.2.no player can play in the last three 3rd or 4th XI league matches of the season if the player has played in six or more First XI or Second XI league matches in the season, unless the player has played in Third XI or Fourth XI league matches on three or more occasions during the season prior to the match

10.5.1.2.2.Any reference to a match in this rule shall not count a match where there is no play.

10.5.1.3.There are additional restrictions for the cup

10.5.1.3.1.When a club’s Third and Fourth XI's are engaged in their respective cup competitions on the same day there are no eligibility restrictions for these games apart from

10.5.1.3.1.1.No player on Starred Player Lists A or B can play for the Third XI or Fourth XI in League or Cup competitions at any time.

10.5.1.3.1.2.Only Category 1 (England qualified) and Category 3E players (overseas exempt),not on List A or List B, are eligible to play for the Third XI or Fourth XI.

10.5.1.3.2.No player, having played for the Third XI in the Cup shall be allowed to play for the Fourth XI in the same round of the cup competition (and vice-versa).

10.5.1.3.3.After the first round of the Third or Fourth XI cup in a season,

10.5.1.3.3.1.an unstarred player who has played in the league for their club’s First XI or Second XI in that season must have played at least 50% of his personal league matches for the Third XI or Fourth XI up to the round in question (or where a reserve date is used, up to that date) unless

10.5.1.3.3.1.1.The club’s Second XI is playing on the same day and

10.5.1.3.3.1.2.either the matches are in the same round of the cup or the player did not play in the equivalent round for the Second XI

10.5.1.3.4.Where the Fourth XI remain in the cup after the round in which the Third XI are eliminated (e.g. R16 where Third XI eliminated in R32)

10.5.1.3.4.1.any player who has played 50% or more of their personal league match appearances in the current season for the Third XI, up to the Fourth XI round in question (or where a reserve date is used, up to that date),shall not be eligible for participation in the Fourth XI cup round in question.

10.5.1.3.5.Any reference to a match in this rule shall not count a match where there is no play.

 

10.6.Player Eligibility in the GMCL20 Competitions

10.6.1.There are few restrictions in GMCL20

10.6.1.1.Only players meeting the registration requirements as set out in League Rules regarding players shall be eligible to play in the GMCL20 Competitions.

10.6.1.2.Players cannot play in one of the GMCL20 competitions in a season if they have played 2 or more games in the group stage or in any knockout round of the other GMCL20 competition.

10.6.1.3.No player shall play for more than one club in the GMCL20 in any season

10.6.1.4.Loan Players are not allowed in GMCL20.

10.6.1.5.Deputy / Substitute Professionals are not allowed in GMCL20.

10.6.1.6.No exceptions to these GMCL20 eligibility rules will be considered

SECTION C - THE PLAYERS

11 Player Qualification - Exemption Requests, Objections, Appeals & Penalties

This section of the rules covers circumstances where ineligible players are used

This page covers:-

11.1.1.Clubs are responsible for their decisions taken on player eligibility

11.1.2.Umpires do not decide on player eligibility

11.2.1.Request for exemption by 8pm Thursday in advance of a weekend game

11.3.1.Emergency replacements for Sunday games on matchday

11.3.2.Notifying your opponents and umpires on matchday

11.4.1.Match Opponents or another Club objection after a match

11.4.2.Board Procedure

11.4.3.Appealing a decision

11.5.1.Standard Penalties for Misues of System

11.5.2.Multiple Breaches

11.1.Decision on Player Eligibility

11.1.1.Clubs are responsible for their decisions taken on player eligibility

11.1.1.1.Clubs should use these comprehensive eligibility rules in advance of a game

11.1.1.2.Where they are unsure, clubs can seek guidance from GtrMcrCricket@mail.com by 8pm on the Thursday prior to the game by submitting the players details and the concern about eligibility

 

11.1.2.Umpires do not decide on player eligibility

11.1.2.1.Umpires should not be asked to rule and will not give a decision on matchday

11.1.2.2.If opposing captains have an objection, then this must be dealt with post-match irrespective of result

11.1.2.2.1.the penalties for playing an ineligible player are clear and should hopefully mean that the situation does not arise

 

11.2.Player Exemption Request in advance

11.2.1.Request for exemption by 8pm Thursday in advance of a weekend game

11.2.1.1.Where a club believe that a player is or may be deemed ineligible

11.2.1.1.1.In exceptional circumstances, a club may seek the permission of the Board in advance of a Sunday League game to allow for a dispensation to play an ineligible player to cover where fill-ins are required

11.2.1.1.2.This will only apply for an unexpected temporary shortage of eligible players.

11.2.1.2.Please consider the Junior Exempt Player rules before considering an ineligible player

11.2.1.3.This is for exceptional circumstances only and therefore we are limiting this to a maximum of two dispensations per club per season.

11.2.1.3.1.There will be no dispensations for cup games or GMCL20

11.2.1.3.2.There will be no dispensations for the Saturday League competition

11.2.1.3.3.A dispensation will not be granted for a List A player

11.2.1.3.4.A dispensation will normally only be granted for the lowest standard List B player available where no unstarred players are available

11.2.1.3.5.All dispensations granted will be published on the website and open to challenge.

11.2.1.4.The requesting club should email the league GtrMcrCricket@mail.com before 8pm on the Thursday preceding the game

11.2.1.4.1.detailing those exceptional circumstances and why there are no other eligible players available and stating the name of the registered player that the club wishes to use.

11.2.1.5.Before making an application please note that this rule can only be used to allow those fill-in players to take part without taking a leading role in the game.

11.2.1.5.1.The player used may not bowl.

11.2.1.5.2.The player used must not bat earlier in the order than all Under 18 players in the team,

11.2.1.5.3.The player may not bat higher than number 7.

11.2.1.5.4.Wicket Keepers who have not played as wicketkeepers above 2nd XI may be used but only to replace a regular wicketkeeper who is not available, batting and bowling restrictions remain in force for that player.

 

11.3.Player Exemption Request on Matchday

11.3.1.Emergency replacements for Sunday games on matchday

11.3.1.1.When clubs have found themselves short on a match day it has led to much disagreement so we must put rules in place rather than have a “sporting” agreement between clubs to use a replacement.

11.3.1.1.1.The league will not grant a dispensation for a player after 8pm on the preceding Thursday nor on the morning of the game.

11.3.1.1.2.Umpires cannot give an exemption

11.3.1.1.3.Ineligible players cannot be used in cup games or GMCL20

11.3.1.2.Eligible players or Junior Exempt players should always be used as a late replacement where possible,

11.3.1.2.1.there is no restriction on batting and bowling (other than the normal bowling maxima rules) for eligible players.

11.3.1.3.Selecting a replacement on matchday

11.3.1.3.1.It is the responsibility of the club involved

11.3.1.3.1.1.to ensure that any player used is suitable and

11.3.1.3.1.2.to ensure that the player is used appropriately so as not to overly influence the result of the game in accordance with the following rules.

11.3.1.3.2.List A players cannot be used but List B players or non-qualifying players (appearances) can be used where there are no other options

11.3.1.3.2.1.but such players cannot be used on more than two occasions in a season by any club where there is a late cry off.

11.3.1.3.3.The restriction on that player’s role in the game is as follows

11.3.1.3.3.1.The player used may not bowl.

11.3.1.3.3.2.The player used must not bat before any Under 18 player and no higher than 7.

11.3.1.3.3.3.Wicketkeepers who have not played as wicketkeepers above 2nd XI may be used but only to replace a regular wicketkeeper who is not available, batting and bowling restrictions remain in force.

 

11.3.2.Notifying your opponents and umpires on matchday

11.3.2.1.The captain of the team using such a player must

11.3.2.1.1.Notify the captain of the opposing team and the umpires at or before the toss of any ineligible player used and the reason for use of that player

11.3.2.2.The captain of the other team must

11.3.2.2.1.confirm to the umpires that they have been made aware of an ineligible player being used.

11.3.2.3.The umpires do not issue a ruling on the players suitability or eligibility and cannot prevent the player from playing

11.3.2.4.The league must be notified as soon as possible (GtrMcrCricket@mail.com) after the game by the umpires on their report and the captain playing the ineligible player,

11.3.2.4.1.The league will take up the matter after the game if there is any issue arising

11.3.2.5.For the avoidance of doubt, this rule does not apply to cup matches or GMCL20, where ineligible players cannot be used.

 

11.4.Club Objections to a player’s eligibility after a match

11.4.1.Match Opponents or another Club objection after a match

11.4.1.1.It is not the umpires’ duty to decide on player eligibility on match day, the umpires will only check with scorers that all players are registered with the league and visible on the cricHQ app.

11.4.1.2.Where a club has used an emergency replacement and

11.4.1.2.1.the opponents or any other club in the competition believe this to be outside the rules and spirit of the rules or

11.4.1.2.2.the club has failed to follow rules on another player’s eligibility then

11.4.1.2.3.representation should be made to the league by e-mail on GtrMcrCricket@mail.com from any club’s senior officials - Chairman or Secretary, summarising why you think that the rules have been breached.

11.4.1.2.3.1.The reason we ask that the claim is backed by the club chair or secretary is to verify that this is a club decision to challenge rather than an individual decision

11.4.1.2.3.2.we are not resourced to deal with individual’s applications.

11.4.1.3.The time limit for making an objection is 7 days from the date that the scorecard was posted to CricHQ.

 

11.4.2.Board Procedure

11.4.2.1.All clubs should be aware that in checking any objection the league will, where possible,

11.4.2.1.1.check that all parties (the club at issue and the club objecting) have conformed to the rules in all their matches in the current season in the competition at issue,

11.4.2.1.2.this will ensure that there can be no counterclaims between clubs in the future.

11.4.2.2.The appointed representatives of the Board will provide a ruling having considered

11.4.2.2.1.the sporting element of the issue,

11.4.2.2.2.any pre match discussion on the eligibility,

11.4.2.2.3.the intentions of selecting the player and

11.4.2.2.4.the role played by the player at question in the game.

 

11.4.3.Appealing a decision

11.4.3.1.Where any club has an objection to any decision or ruling made on player eligibility

11.4.3.1.1.then representation should be made to the league by e-mail on GtrMcrCricket@mail.com from a senior club official - Chairman or Secretary, summarising your objections

11.4.3.2.This representation should be made within 7 days of the notice of the ruling.

11.4.3.3.The ruling on any appeal will be considered by a panel and a decision is final

 

11.5.Penalties for misuse of system

11.5.1.Standard Penalties

11.5.1.1.Where a club is found guilty of playing an ineligible player then the penalty is

11.5.1.2.Loss of the game and

11.5.1.2.1.in the league loss of all points awarded for the game in question and in addition the deduction of 5 further points.

11.5.1.2.2.If the non-breaching club won the game in question then they will retain the win and if in the league, the points won,

11.5.1.2.3.If the non-breaching club did not win the game in question then they will be awarded the win and if in the league, they will be awarded a 5 point win to replace any points they did receive.

 

11.5.2.Multiple Breaches

11.5.2.1.Where a club is found guilty of multiple breaches on player ineligibility or deliberately using player eligibility rules to avoid the forfeiture penalties

11.5.2.1.1.then the Board may increase the penalty to more than those stated in match forfeiture rules and look at a financial penalty for serious breaches.