League AGM - Monday 26th February 2018 at Allianz Park
As last year we are sending out a few notes to ‘preview ‘
what will appear in detail on the formal AGM agenda which will go out to all
clubs in the first or second weekend in February before the AGM which is fixed
for Monday 26 at Allianz Park. We hope this will give clubs the chance to
debate these items in advance of the actual meeting.
cost of hiring rooms for appeals is now £150.00 and so we propose to require
clubs wishing to appeal to pay £250.00 and individuals £100.00.
will clarify the definition of a categories of players to fall in line with the
ECB’s definition as printed here:"Category 1
(i) a British
or Irish citizen born in England and Wales and is deemed “ordinarily resident”
A player who has been resident in England and Wales for the immediately
preceding four consecutive years and is deemed ‘Ordinarily Resident’
[Ordinarily Resident’ is determined on the basis that the player has been resident in England and Wales for a minimum of 18 months prior to 31st March in the relevant year and he has not been out of England and Wales for longer than 35 days consecutively or 70 days in total during the previous two years]
A player will only be treated as having been a UK resident within England and
Wales for the relevant consecutive period if he has spent a minimum of 210
days in each year within England and Wales (for which purpose a ‘year’
shall mean a year ending 31st March
player who holds a British passport
and lives outside the UK must also meet the ”Ordinarily Resident”
A player who was resident in England and Wales and would
benefit from Category 1 or Category 3e status but for having relocated outside
England and Wales for temporary work purposes (unrelated to cricket and for a
period of no more than 24 months), may apply to their league or the ECB for
‘deemed’ Category 1 or Category 3e status immediately on his return to England
and Wales. Approval is at the discretion of their league or the ECB and is not
Category 2 Contracted
Player to a first class county.
A player (capped or uncapped) qualified to play
for England under the current ECB regulations and, currently, under
contract to a First-Class County Club. For the purposes of clarification,
a contracted player is one who has a current full playing contract,
a summer contract or a development (scholarship) contract but not an
Academy contract (16-19 years). Should a Category 3 or 3E player be under
contract to a first class county he/she will be treated as a 3 or 3E
player for registration purposes.
Category 3 Players who
are not deemed “Ordinarily Resident.
If the player does not meet the criteria for
Category 1 or Category 3E they will be deemed to be a Category 3 player.
Category 3E Players who
are deemed “Ordinarily Resident” but have been in England & Wales for
less than 4 years.
A player not qualified as a
Category 1 player, deemed “Ordinarily Resident” can qualify and play in
all ECB club Competitions in England and Wales. If:
a) The player
has been resident in England and Wales for the immediately preceding 18 months.
b) The player has not been out of England and
Wales for longer than 35 days consecutively or 70 days in total during
previous 18 months.
current appeals procedure does not provide a time limit within which clubs must
deal with any category 1 or category 2 offence .Clubs will now have to deal
with such matters within 72 hours of referral or the matter will go to a
are always trying to improve the officiating at matches and to this end will
propose that every team that provides a competent non-plying scorer at any
match within divisions 3a-6b will receive a bonus point in each such match.
MCC have issued a new edition of the Laws of Cricket (all clubs and captains
should familiarise themselves with them!)
but in brief:-
new Law 42 (player behaviour) shall only apply down to division 6b where there
are panel or qualified umpires standing.
new bat size restrictions will not apply for 2018 but will apply for 2019
Hinstridge will provide a report on the new unfair bowling laws once the ECB
has issued its own guidance.
committee will propose, again, that all matches in divisions 7a-10b be reduced to
a total of 90 overs.
our last committee meeting in November and before the 12 week deadline for
proposals for the AGM by clubs, we received a proposal from Rickmansworth,
supported by the necessary three other clubs, in accordance with 11 b in the
constitution. It is proposed that all matches below the Championship be of a
limited overs format.
question of the cost of teas and the ‘variable’ quality thereof is a perennial
one. At present we have a limit of £40.00 on teas which will stay but there is
no similar restriction on the lunch/tea situation in Premier and Championship
timed games. We have no proposals on this other than to suggest that clubs be
reasonable and it might be that visiting clubs with dietary requirements
contact their hosts for a discussion early in the week before the match?
Home Office definition of a ‘professional cricketer’ for 2018 has not changed
from last season and at least one club suffered in 2017 for failing to comply
with the requisite Visa requirements. To avoid confusion for 2018 any such
professional with a tier 5 temporary worker creative and sporting visa will
only be allowed to play in the premier and championship divisions( regardless
of whether he receives payment for playing). The only exception applies to a
‘professional’ who comes over on an ancestral visa and does not receive any
remuneration, actual or in kind, for playing.
Under the constitution Premier and Championship clubs
vote on their own changes that affect their structure, match rules and player
qualifications. These are dealt with under their own sub-committee and will not
be shown here. They will, however, be on the formal agenda when submitted.