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Cricket Discipline Commission: an explainer

Background on the Cricket Discipline Commission.

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Cricket Discipline Commission: an explainer

The CDC is responsible for all aspects of cricket discipline

The Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) is the body that hears disciplinary cases in the professional domestic game in England and Wales.

Key questions on the Disciplinary Process and CDC’s role and remit

What is the Cricket Discipline Commission?

The CDC operates at arm’s length from ECB and is responsible for adjudicating on alleged breaches of the ECB’s Rules, Regulations and Directives, in accordance with the CDC Regulations.

The general aim of the CDC Regulations is to provide an efficient and fair system of dealing with alleged breaches of the ECB’s Rules, Regulations and Directives. They provide for cases to be dealt with as soon as is reasonably practicable and are intended to meet the requirements of all competitions.

Tim O’Gorman is the current Chair of the CDC. A former professional cricketer for Derbyshire, he is a qualified solicitor and was appointed CDC Chair in 2016, succeeding Gerard Elias QC.

When is a CDC Disciplinary Hearing convened?

The ECB Integrity Team looks at each matter on a case-by-case basis and, if appropriate, refer an individual (or individuals or Team) for a Disciplinary Hearing.

Who is on a Disciplinary Panel for a Disciplinary Hearing?

The CDC Chair appoints themselves or another member of the CDC to be the Chair of a Disciplinary Panel. The Disciplinary Panel Chair then selects two other individuals to sit with them.

To ensure independence, any proposed member of a Disciplinary Panel needs to disclose any conflicts of interest before they can be appointed.

When does a Disciplinary Hearing take place?

The Disciplinary Panel Chair will decide the timings of the hearing, with the aim of a hearing taking place as soon as is reasonably practicable.

Normally, a Disciplinary Hearing will take place within 14 days from the date of the decision to refer a case.

Is there any access to a Disciplinary Hearing?

Hearings are held in private and there is no opportunity to film or observe.

What are potential sanctions?

In any particular case, a Disciplinary Panel may impose any one or more of the penalties prescribed in the CDC Regulations. These include but are not limited to:

  • Caution as to future conduct;
  • Reprimand
  • Fine
  • Suspension of eligibility to play in any match(es) or for any fixed period;
  • Suspension of eligibility for selection to play for England in any match(es) or for any fixed period
  • Suspension (for any period) or termination of registration; and
  • Completion of any education/training programme/course (at the cost of the cricketer)

When are the findings of a Disciplinary Panel communicated?

Findings are communicated as soon as is reasonably practicable and, usually within five working days of its decision, a Disciplinary Panel shall produce brief written reasons for its findings, including the penalty/ies where relevant.

In 2020, the CDC Regulations were changed so that the written reasons are published in full unless a Disciplinary Panel determines that doing so would be inappropriate. Before 2020, findings were communicated through media releases.

Find more information here.

Is there an appeals process?

Either party may appeal a decision. Any such appeal needs to be lodged within 14 days of a Disciplinary Panel decision.

Where can I find more information on the ECB’s Rules, Regulations and Directives for the professional game?

https://www.ecb.co.uk/about/policies-and-regulations/regulations/womens-elite

https://www.ecb.co.uk/about/policies-and-regulations/regulations/first-class-county

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