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Players & Eligibility

March 2020

2. Players & Eligibility
GMCL rules are intended to be comprehensive and should be read in their numbered order and only referenced with the full paragraph 
The Board recognises that there will be times where a combination of events give rise to circumstances where the rules might be viewed by some as open to interpretation.  On any such occasion application should be made to the league on GtrMcrCricket@mail.com for a ruling.
 
Where an issue of interpretation arises in-play then the umpires standing shall be deemed the arbiters on the day and the matter referred to the League for a formal decision post-match. The umpire’s decision on the day is final as regards that game in play but not binding until confirmed by the Board after the game upon application. The Board ruling will apply to all similar combination of events from that point forward. The retrospective position will also be considered at that point.
Please note that umpires do not rule on Player Eligibility - any concerns should be raised with the League before match day. The use of ineligible players will be dealt with  post-match.

 

LEAGUE ELIGIBILITY RULES

2.    Player Eligibility
2.1.    All Players
2.1.1.    Registration

2.1.1.1.    All players must, irrespective of age, be registered as a bone fide, fully paid up member of any club that they represent, or
2.1.1.2.    A registered professional or “overseas” player of the club, or 
2.1.1.3.    be on temporary loan to that club through agreed procedures. 
2.1.2.    Multiple Registrations
2.1.2.1.    No player can play open age cricket for more than one club in open age competition in any season unless
2.1.2.1.1.    there has been an agreed transfer between clubs during the season and all debts at the previous club are settled or 
2.1.2.1.2.    there is an agreed temporary loan in place in accordance with Rule 2.10
2.1.2.1.3.    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. No other players can deputy pro in another League.
2.1.3.    Multiple Teams
2.1.3.1.    No individual currently playing for any other club in any other Saturday or Sunday League shall be considered eligible for any Saturday or Sunday team in GMCL at any time.

2.2.    Player Registration
2.2.1.    Registration with League

2.2.1.1.    At the start of each season, every player or player guardian shall register as a player on CricHQ in accordance with procedures laid down, no later than one week before the first league fixture. 
2.2.1.2.    The details registered must include Full name, Date of Birth and, for anyone playing in any of our open age competitions, a passport style photo together with any other requirements needed to enable the league to carry out its stated role.
2.2.1.3.    Players not registered by the first game will not be able to play. 

2.2.1.4.    It is the clubs responsibility to ensure all their players are registered in accordance with laid down procedures particularly for transfers and overseas; failure to do so will result in a fine of £50.00 in each case per game to be paid by the club.
2.2.2.    Late Registration and Registration after the first game.
2.2.2.1.    All players must register on cricHQ in accordance with laid down procedures and submitting the required details before playing 

2.2.2.2.    Players not registered may not play until confirmation is received by the Board that they are eligible to play and are not registered elsewhere.
2.2.2.3.    Any player who plays before the registration is approved will incur a £50.00 fine per game to be paid by the club.
2.2.3.    CricHQ squad lists of players
2.2.3.1.    After the players have registered for the club, the club's cricHQ admin or any other club appointed admin must ensure that all players are allocated to each team's squad for whom they may play.

2.2.3.2.    It is however, the Team Captain’s responsibility to ensure that the team’s squad list is up to date prior to the day of a game

2.2.3.3.    No Scorer (Home or Away) should be tasked to add players to squad lists shortly before or during a game. 
2.2.3.5.    The team captain will be held responsible for failure to update the CricHQ squad before the day of the game and a fine of £10.00 per player per game can be imposed.
 

2.3.    Player Transfers & New Player Registrations
2.3.1.    Players concerned - this procedure applies to

2.3.1.1.    Transfers between GMCL clubs and
2.3.1.2.    Transfers in from clubs outside GMCL
2.3.1.3.    Players joining their first UK cricket club
2.3.1.4.    Players coming to the UK from Overseas
2.3.1.5.    Professionals and Amateurs
2.3.1.6.    All players over 12 years of age on the 1st September prior to the season
2.3.2.    Registration of Transfers & New Players
2.3.2.1.    GMCL operates a paperless transfer system which requires players to register the details of the transfer they are requesting on the Form set down online by the league. 
2.3.2.2.    Incorrect entries or misleading/false statements will result in a fine of £100.00 per player
2.3.3.    Officials involved in the Transfer
2.3.3.1.    The player must enter the name and contact details for their contact official at the new club and their contact official at the old club
2.3.4.    Initiating the Transfer
2.3.4.1.    It is the player’s responsibility to request that their contact at the old club e-mails the league GtrMcrCricket@Mail.com (E-mail Subject Header should be “New Player Transfer: add player Name”) to state that
2.3.4.1.1.    there are no objections to the transfer from that club and
2.3.4.1.2.    there are no outstanding liabilities at the club the player is leaving and
2.3.4.1.3.    provide details of any bans or there are no bans currently in place.
2.3.5.    Availability to Play
2.3.5.1.    The player will only be available to play after GMCL e-mails the new club contact to confirm that the clearance from the previous club has been received.
2.3.6.    League Compliance
2.3.6.1.    There is no time limit for the League to receive information regarding transfers in order to verify the statements given at registration
2.3.7.    Restrictions
2.3.7.1.    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. Clubs aware of an illegal approach must e-mail GtrMcrCricket@mail.com marked CONFIDENTIAL.
2.3.7.2.    No new players can be registered or transferred after 31st July in the season. However, a deadline date of 31st May shall be set for:
•    named professionals in accordance with Rule 2.5.1.3;
•    all players (professionals or amateurs) not qualified to play for England; and
•    all players who have played in 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.
 

2.4.    Paid Players
2.4.1.    League Position on “Paid / Professional Players”

2.4.1.1.    GMCL is an “open league” and players can be paid.
2.4.2.    Definition
2.4.2.1.    A “Paid Player” / “Professional Player” is a player at the club who 
2.4.2.1.1.    receives or expects to receive a reward, monetary or otherwise, for playing for a team 
2.4.2.1.2.    from the club or from any business, sponsor or individual
2.4.2.1.3.    at any time, before, during or after the season HOWEVER
2.4.2.2.    The Home Office have determined that a “Professional” Sportsperson is someone, whether paid or unpaid, who: -
2.4.2.2.1.    is providing services as a sportsperson, playing or coaching in any capacity, at a professional or semi-professional level of sport; or
2.4.2.2.2.    a person who currently derives, who has in the past derived or seeks in the future to derive, a living from playing or coaching, is providing services as a sportsperson or coach at any level of sport, unless they are doing so as an “Amateur”
2.4.2.3.    This is clear. Even if you do not pay a player, they can be considered to be a professional from their past career or for what they wish to be in the future.
2.4.3.    Requirement of the League
2.4.3.1.    There is no mandatory requirement for a club to have one or more paid players, clubs can remain wholly amateur.
2.4.4.    Paid Overseas Player
2.4.4.1.    Clubs can only have one “Professional” “Overseas Player” 
2.4.4.2.    “Professional” is as described in “Definition” above
2.4.4.3.    See later in these rules for the definition of “Overseas Player”
2.4.5.    Registration of Paid Players / Professional Players
2.4.5.1.    Where a club has a paid (as defined above) overseas player, the club must register that player as their “named professional” (see Section - “Named Professional” below).
2.4.5.2.    Where a club has no paid overseas player but has one or more paid players as defined above a club must register a “named professional” (see Section - “Named Professional” below)
2.4.6.    Legal Requirements
2.4.6.1.    Clubs are wholly responsible for accounting for tax and national insurance deductions and payments to HMRC in respect of all paid players.
 

2.5.    Named Professional
2.5.1.    Requirement

2.5.1.1.    Where the club has one or more “paid players”, as defined at Section - “Paid Players” above,
2.5.1.2.    The club must register the name of one player who will be known as the “Named Professional”:
2.5.1.2.1.    at least one week before the first game that player or any “paid” player wishes to play and no later than 31st May in the season; and
2.5.1.2.2.    must lodge a signed copy of the player’s contract (only redacting financial details) with the League at least 3 days prior to the player commencing to play in the League.
2.5.1.3.    The CricHQ entry for that player must have the term “(Pro)” after their Surname
2.5.1.4.    A club can only have one “Named Professional”. A player (who transfers during the season to a GMCL club) who has been a named professional in another league or has acted as a deputy professional in any League (in each case in the season in question) can only transfer to a GMCL club if he becomes the GMCL club’s only “Named Professional” and he cannot transfer to a GMCL club if it already has a named professional
2.5.2.    Overseas Paid Player
2.5.2.1.    Where the club has a “paid player” / Professional who is not eligible to play for England, see the rules at Section - “Overseas Player”, then they must be the “named professional”
2.5.3.    Procedure
2.5.3.1.    Registration of the Named Professional is to be made on the leagues “Transfer & Player Registration” form at Named Professional Registration  
2.5.4.    Reason for nomination
2.5.4.1.    Only a named professional can be replaced by a Deputy upon request if certain criteria can be met, see Section - “Deputy Professional” below
2.5.4.2.    No registered named professional shall be allowed to play for more than one club in any GMCL Competition during the season.
 

2.6.     Deputy Professional
2.6.1.    Qualification

2.6.1.1.    Deputy Professionals are allowed in GMCL in certain circumstances to replace a registered “Named Professional” only but only if a signed copy of the Named Professional’s contract (only redacting financial details) has been lodged with the League prior to the start of the season. 
2.6.1.2.    A Deputy Professional is allowed when the “Named Professional” is injured or affected by illness. 
2.6.1.2.1.    The player must still be in the UK and available for examination as the Board see fit.
2.6.1.3.    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 (or the equivalent) in an International, or First Class, List A, or T20 games (List A and non-international T20s being removed from this list from season 2021 onwards), Clubs may register a Deputy Professional to be agreed by the League 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.
2.6.1.4.    Where a named Professional has been signed for the season by any club and the Named Professional has not arrived in time to be 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.
2.6.2.    Restrictions
2.6.2.1.    These rules do not apply to Overseas Amateurs or any other paid players.
2.6.2.2.    A deputy professional will not be allowed for (but not limited to): - 
2.6.2.2.1.    The named professional travelling away for personal or family events of any nature
2.6.2.2.2.    Any contracted absence
2.6.2.2.3.    A UK county contracted player called up to the county
2.6.3.    Replacements
2.6.3.1.    Any replacement must be a professional player. Amateur players from other leagues cannot be used. 
2.6.3.2.    Any proposed replacement must have played no higher than the standard played by the player being replaced in the last 5 years
2.6.3.2.1.    For example, a former county player cannot replace a player who only played at second XI county level.
2.6.3.2.2.    and a current test player cannot replace a professional who last played Test Cricket over 5 years ago.
2.6.4.    Application Process for Substitute Professionals
2.6.4.1.    The reason for the request and the timing of any injury / illness must be submitted in detail with the application to take on a deputy.
2.6.4.2.    Applications must be made to the league by e-mail to deputypros-loanplayers@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk by 8pm on a Thursday before the Saturday or Sunday games (cc to GtrMcrCricket@mail.com  please) and must be repeated for each weekend.
2.6.4.2.1.    The E-mail should be headed: URGENT – Deputy Professional – XX CC and the following should be stated in the body of the e-mail:
2.6.4.2.1.1.    Full name of the named professional who needs to be replaced
2.6.4.2.1.2.    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.
2.6.4.2.1.3.    full name of the proposed replacement
2.6.4.2.1.4.    Current Club
2.6.4.2.1.5.    Highest standard played by this player in last 5 years
2.6.4.2.1.6.    Current club has given permission (where applicable)
2.6.4.2.1.7.    Status of player – England Qualified or overseas player etc
 

2.7.    Overseas Players
2.7.1.    Terminology 

2.7.1.1.    “Passport” & “Visa” are the documents which allow a person to be in the UK legally and are partly but not wholly determining factors in a player’s status.
2.7.1.2.    The term “Overseas” is used for ease of understanding but actually relates to any person not qualified to play for England
2.7.1.3.    By definition “Overseas” may relate to UK Passport holders. A UK Passport does not mean the holder is eligible to play for England, there are place of birth and place of residence issues to consider.
2.7.1.4.    The Term “Overseas Exempt” is an ECB term to describe persons who have not qualified for UK residence but have lived in the UK legally for 2 or more years. See below.
2.7.2.    GMCL quotas
2.7.2.1.    GMCL allows up to two “overseas” players per team.
2.7.2.2.    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.
2.7.2.3.    Overseas Amateurs or Professionals are only allowed in Saturday League 1st XI teams
2.7.2.4.    At Second XI and below clubs may have up to two Overseas Exempt players.
2.7.2.5.    Overseas professionals and Overseas Amateurs are not allowed in the Sunday competition for any team, including First XIs playing in that competition.
2.7.3.    Government & Governing Body Rules
2.7.3.1.    Rules on players known as “Overseas Players” have changed significantly and these rules apply to, and should now be thought of as, relating to any player who does not qualify to play for England (see below). 
2.7.3.2.    Clubs should fully acquaint themselves with these new rules which are put in place by The Home Office and the ECB. LCF and GMCL will follow these rules.
2.7.3.3.    As well as defining whether a player is overseas or not, the documents now clearly set out which Overseas players should be considered as “professionals” and therefore require the appropriate Visa. The Visa requirements differ for professional players and amateur players.
2.7.4.    The Home Office definition of “Professional”
2.7.4.1.    The Home Office have determined that a “Professional” Sportsperson is someone, whether paid or unpaid, who: -
2.7.4.1.1.    is providing services as a sportsperson, playing or coaching in any capacity, at a professional or semi-professional level of sport; or
2.7.4.1.2.    a person who currently derives, who has in the past derived or seeks in the future to derive, a living from playing or coaching, is providing services as a sportsperson or coach at any level of sport, unless they are doing so as an “Amateur”. 
2.7.5.    The Home Office definition of “Amateur”
2.7.5.1.    The Home Office has determined that an “Amateur” is a person who engages in a sport or creative activity solely for personal enjoyment and who is not seeking to derive a living from the activity. This also includes a person playing or coaching in a charity game.
2.7.5.2.    Each Overseas Amateur should be registered online
2.7.6.    Decision Making
2.7.6.1.    The Home Office is the arbiter here and they should be contacted with any challenges. 
2.7.6.2.    ECB can answer questions but not rulings by e-mail to managedmigration@ecb.co.uk 
2.7.6.3.    GMCL can provide guidance based on the full facts submitted by e-mail to GtrMcrCricket@mail.com  but cannot make any rulings. 
2.7.7.    The Big Changes
2.7.7.1.    The significant change in Professional / Amateur Status is that a club need not be paying a player for that player to be considered a Professional
2.7.7.2.    This makes a difference because Professionals require certain Visas if coming from Overseas and this should always be considered in your decision making.
2.7.7.2.1.    one example of this is that where a player is playing in a professional or first-class standard at home he can no longer come here and be considered an amateur.
2.7.8.    “Qualified to play for England”?
2.7.8.1.    A player who is not qualified to play for England is considered an “Overseas” player.
2.7.8.2.    The holder of a British Passport who was not born in the UK is only qualified to play for England if they have lived permanently in the UK for at least 7 full years (Summer and Winter) unless they came to the UK before their 18th birthday in which case they must have lived permanently in the UK for 4 years.
2.7.8.3.    If the British Passport holder does not meet those criteria (e.g. an Australian resident who has had a British passport or has dual passport for 10 years) the player is an Overseas player.
2.7.8.4.    Where a player has a British passport and was born in England but has lived abroad and represented any other country at cricket then that player is an Overseas player.
2.7.9.    Overseas Exempt Players
2.7.9.1.    There is a class of overseas player that have not been considered and these are persons living in the UK with only minor absences in the last 2 years.
2.7.9.2.    In effect these are persons who are eligible to be in the UK via a qualifying and valid visa but whose primary reason for coming to the UK is not to play cricket and they have been living here for at least 6 months before the start of the season so for example this may include students or workers.
2.7.9.3.    More detail can be found on the ECB website
2.7.9.4.    A maximum of two of this class of player can play in each of the 2nd or Third XIs. For the 1st XI these players will count towards the maximum of two overseas players.
2.7.9.5.    Overseas Exempt players must be registered on the appropriate online form.
2.7.10.    A Reminder
2.7.10.1.    That Overseas professionals or Overseas Amateurs who don’t qualify under 2.7.8 can only play in the 1st XI.
2.7.10.2.    These Home Office rules are in place to ensure that clubs seek out only the best players from overseas to play at their clubs.
 

2.8.    Banned or Suspended Players
2.8.1.    No player shall play in any match under the auspices of this League who is currently suspended from playing cricket by either the ECB, LCF, GMCL or any other cricket league or equivalent body.

 

2.9.    League Game Restrictions on Players at Second, Third and Fourth XIs
2.9.1.    Overview

2.9.1.1.    There are restrictions around who can and cannot play for Second XI, Third XI and Fourth XI in GMCL and these rules are below 
2.9.1.2.    The ‘Starred Player” system is designed to be the most straightforward system available to provide a fair and even competition in GMCL at all grades below 1st XI.
2.9.1.3.    These rules must be operated by all clubs with more than one open age team irrespective of how many of those teams play in GMCL.
2.9.2.    Reasoning
2.9.2.1.    The system is designed to prevent the very best players at a club from playing at Second XI at any stage of the season in cup and league games and
2.9.2.2.    To prevent all First XI players and the best Second XI players from playing Third XI and Fourth XI cricket in cup and league games, but
2.9.2.3.    Allow those who play Second XI but do not bat and bowl regularly to play at Third XI and Fourth XI level and
2.9.2.4.    To encourage clubs to register more players and play more juniors across the levels.
2.9.2.5.    The system is not in place to to equalise the Sunday competition across clubs of different standards, clubs must still develop and improve their players.
2.9.3.    Starred Player and the requirements
2.9.3.1.    All clubs with two or more teams, irrespective of the leagues where their teams play, must complete List A. List A players are not allowed to play for any team lower than the First XI at any time. List A (minimum 5 names and maximum 11 names) is made up of
2.9.3.1.1.    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
2.9.3.1.2.    all overseas players (excluding Category 3e) and then,
2.9.3.1.3.    if the number of players from those two segments is less than 5 then the club must add the best players at the club to make the list up to 5.
2.9.3.2.    All clubs with three or more teams, irrespective of the leagues where their teams play, must also complete List B. 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.
2.9.3.3.    By way of explanation, this system allows clubs with just two teams to have 6 regular First XI players available for the Second XI and for clubs with three or more teams to have 6 regular Second XI players available for the Third XI.
2.9.3.4.    For the method of notification of starred players see 2.9.7 below
2.9.3.5.    Players can only be placed on the starred players list when they are available to play, for example a player who is available from July can only be on the list from July
2.9.3.6.    Players can only be placed on the starred player list if they are available on Sundays and are available for selection on a regular basis for the club and play more games than not.
2.9.3.7.    Any club found to be deliberately listing players in order to play ineligible players in the 3rd or 4th XI will attract a penalty from the Board.
2.9.4.    Second XI Eligibility
2.9.4.1.    Only category 1 (England qualified) players are eligible to play for the Second XI except for overseas exempt (Category 3e) players referred to earlier and,
2.9.4.2.    No player on Starred Player List A can play for the Second XI at any time.
2.9.4.3.    Where in the league competition, the First XI play Saturday and the Second XI play Sunday, then all other players not on List A who are registered at the club are eligible for the Second XI
2.9.4.4.    Where the Second XI play on the same day as the First XI in League all other players not on List A registered at a club are eligible for the Second XI with only the following restriction
2.9.4.4.1.    In the last three league games of the season any player who has played in the First XI six or more times in the season must also have played a minimum of 3 Second XI league games in the season to be eligible for the Second XI.
2.9.4.5.    Any reference to a match in Rule 2.9.4.4.1 shall not count a match where there is no play

2.9.5.    Third XI and 4th XI Eligibility
2.9.5.1.    Only category 1 (England qualified) players are eligible to play for the Third XI and Fourth XI except for overseas exempt (Category 3e) players referred to earlier,
2.9.5.2.    Subject to Rule 2.9.5.1, all players registered at the club shall be eligible for the Third XI or Fourth XI with the following exclusions
2.9.5.2.1.    Any player on the latest Starred Player List A and List B registered by the Club or imposed by the League and as published on the League website is ineligible.
2.9.5.2.2.    No un-starred player may play in any Third XI or Fourth XI match if three of their last five matches have been in the First XI.
2.9.5.2.3.    No un-starred player who has played in six or more Second XI league matches in the season shall be eligible to play in the last three Third XI or Fourth XI league matches, unless he/she has played in Third XI or Fourth XI league matches on three or more occasions during the season prior to these games.
2.9.5.3.    Any reference to a match in Rule 2.9.5.2.2 or 2.9.5.2.3 shall not count a match where there is no play.

2.9.6.    Exceptions to Eligibility Restrictions for Junior Exempt Players
2.9.6.1.    An exception to all league game eligibility rules is that unpaid category 1 (England qualified) players who are under 17 years of age on 1st September of the previous season who have not played county level at Under 16 level or above in the current or previous season (Junior Exempt Players) 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. For the avoidance of doubt this Rule 2.9.6 does NOT apply to cup games
2.9.6.2.    Rule 10 (Loan Players) still applies to Junior Exempt Players.

2.9.7.    Notifying starred players
2.9.7.1.    All starred players must be acceptable to the GMCL Board and notified before the beginning of each season. GMCL will supply the registration form on the website and this will show the procedure to supply the details to the League.
2.9.7.2.    The list of your starred players will be published on the league website and open to challenge
2.9.7.3.    Every club shall have the opportunity to review their list of starred players at any time to highlight any change from the start of the season, this amendment can be submitted on the same form, re listing all your starred players. Any revision will be checked for eligibility.
2.9.7.4.    In addition, at 30th June each year, any un-starred player at that date who has played fifty percent or more of the players personal league games in the 1st XI will become a starred player and therefore not be allowed to play in the Third XI from that point unless exempted.
2.9.7.5.    Any changes must be acceptable to the GMCL Board before a player plays for the team.  Accepted changes will be published on the Starred Players page on the website.

2.9.8.    Request for exemption in advance of the game
2.9.8.1.    In exceptional circumstances, clubs may seek the permission of the GMCL’s Board in advance of the game to allow for a dispensation to play club registered exempt players to play in Sunday league games where deemed appropriate.

2.9.8.1.1.    This is for exceptional circumstances only and therefore we are limiting this to applications for a maximum of two occasions per club during the season.
2.9.8.1.2.    The requesting club should email the league GtrMcrCricket@mail.com by 8pm on the Thursday preceding the game detailing those exceptional circumstances and stating the name of the player that you wish to use.
2.9.8.1.3.    This rule is intended to cover where fill-ins are required for a temporary shortage of eligible players and allows fill-in players to take part without taking a leading role in the game, see below.
2.9.8.2.    Restrictions

2.9.8.2.1.    There will be no exemptions for cup games or GMCL20. Clubs are required to manage their available players to secure their eligibility.
2.9.8.2.2.    Exemptions will not be granted for List A players and normally only be granted for the lowest standard List B player available and all exemptions granted will be published on the website and open to challenge.
2.9.9.    Emergency replacements for league games
2.9.9.1.    When clubs have found themselves short on 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.
2.9.9.2.    Eligible players should always be used as a late replacement where possible
2.9.9.2.1.    There is no restrictions on batting and bowling (other than the normal bowling maxima rules) for eligible players
2.9.9.3.    List A players can never be used as an urgent replacement
2.9.9.4.    List B players or non-qualifying players (appearances) cannot be used on more than two occasions in a season by any club where there is a late cry off.
2.9.9.5.    Process
2.9.9.5.1.    The opposing captain and the umpires must be notified at the toss of any List B player used and the reason for use of an ineligible list B player or upon appearances
2.9.9.5.2.    The league must be notified as early as possible after the game, but the league will not grant permission at short notice in advance of the game, it is up to the club to ensure that the player used is suitable.
2.9.9.6.    Restriction
2.9.9.6.1.    The player used may not bowl.
2.9.9.6.2.    The player used must not bat before any Under 18 player and no higher than 7.
2.9.9.6.3.    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.
2.9.9.7.    For the avoidance of doubt, Rule 2.9.9 does not apply to cup matches or GMCL20
 

2.10.    Loan Players
2.10.1.     Purpose

2.10.1.1.    The purpose of this rule is to give competitive cricket to players not selected at their own club who will help another club fulfil a fixture and so not spoil a game for those players who are available.
2.10.2.     Qualifying Teams
2.10.2.1.    This section applies to all teams in Divisions 3 and 4 and the Sunday competition and supports the ECB’s “Get the Game On” policy.
2.10.3.     When can Loan Players be used?
2.10.3.1.    Where a club knows in advance that it may have a shortage of players for a fixture in the weeks ahead it may apply to the league to use loan players from other local GMCL clubs.
2.10.4.     Eligibility
2.10.4.1.    The players eligible will be:-
2.10.4.2.    No starred player may be loaned.
2.10.4.3.    For a Saturday match – players not selected for their own club’s equivalent games on that day.
2.10.4.4.    Players loaned from a Saturday team that have no game on that day cannot have played in 2 of the last 3 matches in which that player was available for selection.
2.10.4.5.    For a Sunday match –players not selected for their own club’s game that day who did not play in the Saturday teams for that club on the preceding day.
2.10.4.6.    Players cannot play against their parent club. 
2.10.5.     Arrangements
2.10.5.1.    Clubs should contact the league on GtrMcrCricket@mail.com with sufficient time to ensure full arrangements can be completed by 9pm 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.
2.10.5.2.    There must be agreement of the club holding the registration of the player to the arrangement, the club wishing to use the player should ensure they have this agreement.
2.10.5.3.    The league makes no arrangements for loans to take place.
2.10.6.     Cups – Loan players are not allowed in Cup competitions or GMCL20.
 

2.11.    Offset Fixtures
2.11.1.     Reasoning

2.11.1.1.    There are Second XI fixtures that occasionally take place on a Sunday when the club’s 1st XI has played on the Saturday and is not playing on the Sunday.
2.11.2.    Restrictions
2.11.2.1.    In this case, no players playing in that 1st XI shall play in the Second XI game unless by agreement by the Board in exceptional circumstances.
2.11.2.2.    At any club where a Second XI regularly plays on a Sunday and the First XI plays on Saturday then the starred player rules apply.
 

2.12.    Objections to Player Eligibility
2.12.1.     Match Opponents or Other Club objection
2.12.1.1.    Where there has been a failure to follow rules on player eligibility by an opposing club then representation should be made to the league by e-mail on GtrMcrCricket@mail.com from a senior club official - Chairman or Secretary, summarizing why you think that the rules have been breached.
2.12.1.2.    The time limit for opponents making a claim is 7 days from the date of the game, the time limit for another team making a claim is 7 days from the date that the scorecard was posted to CricHQ.
2.12.2.     Own Club
2.12.2.1.    Where any club has any objection to any decision or ruling made on their own player’s eligibility 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
2.12.2.2.    This representation should be made within 7 days of the notice of the ruling or within 7 days of the game, whichever is later.
2.12.3.     Process
2.12.3.1.    The claim must be backed by the club chair or secretary to verify that this is a club decision to challenge rather than an individual decision, we are not resourced to deal with individual’s applications.
2.12.3.2.    In checking a claim the league will check that all parties (both clubs) have conformed to the rules in all their matches in the current season, this will ensure that there can be no counter-claims between clubs in the future.
2.12.4.     Board Ruling
2.12.4.1.    The appointed representatives of the Board will provide a ruling.
2.12.4.2.    The Board will consider the sporting element of the issue, any pre match discussion on the eligibility between the clubs, the intentions of selecting the player and the role played by the player at question in the game.
 

2.13.    Penalties
2.13.1.     Where a club is found guilty of playing an ineligible player then the penalty is

2.13.1.1.    Loss of all points awarded for the game in question and in addition
2.13.1.2.    the deduction of 5 points.
2.13.2.     Points
2.13.2.1.    If the non-breaching club won the game in question then they will retain the points won, if they did not win they will be awarded a 5 point win to replace any points they did receive.
2.13.2.2.    Where a club is found guilty of multiple breaches on player ineligibility or deliberately using these rules to avoid the forfeiture penalties then the Board may increase the penalty to more than those stated in Rule 2.13.1 and look at a financial penalty for serious breaches.

 

CUP ELIGIBILITY RULES

2.14.    Player Eligibility
2.14.1.    Only players meeting the registration requirements as set out in League Match Bye-Laws Respecting Players shall be eligible to play in the Cup Competitions.
2.14.2.    Competing clubs may play their registered named professional in the First XI cups only
2.14.3.    Starred First XI regulars cannot play in the Second XI Cup Competitions or the Sunday Cup Competitions 
2.14.4.    Starred Second XI regulars cannot play in the Third XI or Fourth XI in the Sunday Cup Competitions
2.14.5.    No player listed below may play in any First XI Cup competition from the quarter final (last 8) onwards unless by the date of the match in question he has played in at least four senior team matches (league or cup but not GMCL20) for the club concerned. The players in respect of whom this Rule 2.14.5 applies are all players (professionals or amateurs) not qualified to play for England and 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. 
2.14.6.    Rule 2.14.5 does not apply to a deputy professional properly appointed under Rule 2.6
2.14.7.    Any reference to a match in Rule 2.14.5 shall not count a match in which there is no play
2.14.8.    No exceptions to these Cup eligibility rules will be considered
2.15.    Player Transfers
2.15.1.    No player shall be allowed to play for more than one club in GMCL Cup Competitions in the same season.
2.15.2.    A player who transfers from one club to another within GMCL and who has played in the Cup for his previous club, shall not be allowed to play in any cup competition for his new club in the same season.
 

2.16.    Eligibility across competitions
2.16.1.    Appropriate Players
2.16.1.1.    Clubs are reminded that the cup competitions are meant to be for the appropriate players at their club, attempts to play higher grade players without valid reason will be frowned upon and penalties considered after consideration by the Board
2.16.2.    Same Round of Cup
2.16.2.1.    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). 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).
2.16.3.    One team eliminated
2.16.3.1.    In the case of the Second XI Cup, for all rounds after the round in which the first team have been eliminated, 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.
2.16.3.2.    Any reference to a match in Rule 2.16.3.1 shall not count a match where there is no play.
2.16.4.    Teams playing same day
2.16.4.1.    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 apart from those in Rule 2.14.
2.16.5.    After the first round of Sunday cup competitions 
2.16.5.1.    For Third XIs and Fourth XIs, the following rules of eligibility shall apply for playing in the Sunday Cups after the first round:
2.16.5.2.    A player who has played in the league for his First XI or Second XI 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).
2.16.5.3.    If an unstarred player (who has not played any first team league matches) is solely ineligible due to Rule 2.16.5.2 
2.16.5.4.    he can play for the Third or Fourth XI in Sunday Cup competitions if
                  •    the Club’s 2nd XI is playing in a cup on the same day and either
                  •    the matches are in the same round of the cup or the player did not play in the equivalent round for the 2nd XI
2.16.5.5.    Any reference to a match in Rule 2.16.5 shall not count a match where there is no play
2.16.6.    Exceptions
2.16.6.1     If any club feels that there should be an exception to these rules, they should apply to the Board (GtrMcrCricket@mail.com), in writing by 9pm on the Thursday before the match for a decision on eligibility.
 

2.17.    Loan players
2.17.1. Loan players are not allowed in any cup competitions.

GMCL20 ELIGIBILITY RULES

2.18.    Player Eligibility in the GMCL20 Competitions
2.18.1.    Only Players meeting the registration requirements as set out in League Match Bye-Laws Respecting Players shall be eligible to play in GMCL20.
2.18.2.    Players are GMCL20 cup tied if they have either played in any knockout round or have played 2 or more games in the group stage of either GMCL20 competition.
2.18.3.    Transfers for GMCL20 
No players shall be allowed to play for more than one club in the GMCL20 in any season.
2.18.4.    Loan Players
2.18.4.1.    Loan Players are not allowed in GMCL20.
2.18.5.    Deputy Professionals  
2.18.5.1.    Deputy Professionals are not allowed in GMCL20.

2.19.     No Exceptions
2.19.1.    No exceptions to these GMCL20 eligibility rules will be considered
2.20.    Eligibility Disputes Generally
2.20.1.    In the event of any objection made by any club to the Board, not later than 3 days after the fixture has taken place, the Board or Sub-Committee shall have power to reverse the result and the offending club shall be liable to a fine of £100. 
2.20.2.    This penalty will also apply on evidence of non-eligibility being subsequently discovered by the Board or delegated officer on perusal of the official scoresheet.
2.21.    Breaches of Eligibility Bye Laws Generally
2.21.1.    The Board or Sub-Committee have the power to deal with any breach of these bye-laws as they deem necessary including without limitation disciplining the captain of an offending club.