The Cricket Regulator is the body responsible for monitoring compliance with the game’s regulations, enforcement of adherence to those regulations and providing relevant information and education.
The Cricket Regulator was established in December 2023 and is overseen by the independent Cricket Regulatory Board. It is ring-fenced from the rest of the ECB.
Areas of work that were once part of the ECB’s remit now sit with the Cricket Regulator, including Safeguarding, Integrity (Anti-Corruption, Misconduct and Anti-Doping) and Anti-Discrimination.
The launch of the Cricket Regulator seeks to bring further independence to the regulatory processes within cricket, to give greater assurance around the separation between this area and the remainder of the ECB. It comes as a response to a recommendation from the ICEC Report.
Who heads up the Cricket Regulator?
Dave Lewis has been appointed as Interim Director of the Cricket Regulator. Lewis spent 30 years as a police officer undertaking a wide variety of roles including Senior Investigating Officer, Head of Criminal Justice, Head of Local Policing, and Regional ACC leading serious organised crime and counter-terrorism policing in the South-West. He was also National Police Chief’s Council lead for ethics, and retired as Deputy Chief Constable of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall in October 2020.
Lewis has been tasked with setting up the Cricket Regulator, and his permanent successor will be appointed in 2024 through open recruitment. As Interim Director of the Cricket Regulator, Lewis will report into Nic Coward – chair of the Cricket Regulatory Board.
Who does the Cricket Regulator report to?
The Cricket Regulator reports to the independent Cricket Regulatory Board. The independent Cricket Regulatory Board will have budget authority for the Cricket Regulator and will be accountable for its activity and expenditure.
Who makes up the Cricket Regulatory Board?
Members of the current ECB Regulatory Committee have become the first Board members, and future Board members will be filled through open recruitment. Nic Coward is chair of the Cricket Regulatory Board.
What is the scope of the Cricket Regulator/what does it investigate?
The remit of the Cricket Regulator will include matters of anti-discrimination, anti-corruption, anti-doping, misconduct and safeguarding.
Within the professional game, when a case is brought to the Cricket Regulator, the Cricket Regulator will undertake an investigation before making a decision whether there is sufficient evidence to put the case to the Cricket Discipline Commission.
As stated in the ECB’s response to the ICEC Report, the Cricket Discipline Commission will be re-purposed as the Cricket Discipline Panel in 2024.
Within the recreational game, all matters of potential discrimination raised with Cricket Regulator will be reviewed by the Regulator’s Anti-Discrimination Unit. The Cricket Regulator will then support the appropriate cricket organisation in managing the issue.
The Cricket Regulator has dedicated teams whose role is to provide support to Counties, Leagues and Clubs in respect of delivering effective safeguarding and tackling discrimination across the game.
How will you ensure the Cricket Regulator is operating independently of the ECB?
Each year an independent assurance process will be carried out – by a body such as Sport Resolutions – to confirm that there has been no involvement in regulatory cases handled by the Cricket Regulator by ECB personnel outside of the Cricket Regulator.
This will serve to give confidence that the Cricket Regulator is operating independently of the other areas of the ECB with no interference in the conduct of cases.