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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 responsible for all aspects of cricket discipline covered by ECB’s Rules, Regulations and Directives.

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

What is the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC)?

The Cricket Discipline Commission (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.

When will they meet?

The CDC disciplinary hearing will be held over two days on Wednesday 5 December and Friday 7 December 2018.

What is the hearing for?

In September 2017, Ben Stokes and Alex Hales were both referred to the CDC for alleged breaches of the ECB Directives.

What are the charges?

Each player has been charged with two counts of breaching ECB Directive 3.3 and will be required to attend a CDC Disciplinary Panel Hearing in accordance with the CDC Regulations.

ECB Directive 3.3 states: “No Participant may conduct themself in a manner or do any act or omission at any time which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any Cricketer or group of Cricketers into disrepute.”

Who is on the panel?

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

The composition of the CDC Disciplinary Panel for this case will be: Tim O’Gorman (Chair), Chris Tickle and Mike Smith.

In the interests of a fair hearing, the panel have allowed both ECB and the players’ legal representatives time to prepare their respective cases following the conclusion of the Crown Court hearing. 

Is there any access?

This is a closed, private hearing and there will be no opportunity to film or observe.

Will players attend?


What are potential sanctions?

CDC has a range of sanctions open to it in respect of breaches of the ECB Directives. These include:

  • caution as to future conduct
  • reprimand
  • fine without limit
  • 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

Read full details here (PDF). 

Will they announce?

ECB understand that CDC would make a statement confirming its decisions following full deliberation, only after the conclusion of the hearing. There will be no announcement prior to that.

Is there an appeal?

Each player has a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel, as per the CDC Regulations. Any such appeal would need to be lodged within 14 days of the CDC decision.

Will ECB talk?

ECB expect to provide a written statement after the CDC has made its decisions and informed all parties. There are no plans for any broadcast interviews.

And the players?

This is a matter for each player and their representatives.

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