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Anti-corruption Code For Participants
- ARTICLE 1 INTRODUCTION, SCOPE AND APPLICATION
1.1 The BCCI has adopted this Anti-Corruption Code in recognition of the following fundamental sporting imperatives:
1.1.1 All cricket matches are to be contested on a level playing-field, with the outcome to be determined solely by the respective merits of the competing teams and to remain uncertain until the cricket match is completed. This is the essential characteristic that gives sport its unique appeal.
1.1.2 Public confidence in the authenticity and integrity of the sporting contest is therefore vital. If that confidence is undermined, then the very essence of cricket will be shaken to the core. It is the determination to protect that essence of cricket that has led the Board of Control for Cricket in India to adopt this Anti-Corruption Code.
1.1.3 Advancing technology and increasing popularity have led to a substantial increase in the amount, and the sophistication, of betting on cricket matches. The development of new betting products, including spread-betting and betting exchanges, as well as internet and phone accounts that allow people to place a bet at any time and from any place, even after a cricket match has started, have all increased the potential for the development of corrupt betting practices. That, in turn, increases the risk that attempts will be made to involve participants in such practices. Even where that risk is more theoretical than practical, its consequence is to create a perception that the integrity of the sport is under threat.
1.1.4 Furthermore, the nature of this type of misconduct is such that it is carried out under cover and in secret, thereby creating significant challenges for the BCCI in the enforcement of rules of conduct. As a consequence, the BCCI needs to be empowered to seek information from and share information with competent authorities and other relevant third parties, and to require Participants to cooperate fully with all investigations and requests for information.
1.1.5 The BCCI is committed to taking every step in its power to prevent corrupt betting practices undermining the integrity of the sport of cricket, including any efforts to influence improperly the outcome or any other aspect of any Match or Event.
1.2 This Anti-Corruption Code is to be interpreted and applied by reference to the fundamental sporting imperatives described in Article 1.1. This includes but is not limited to cases where an issue arises that is not expressly addressed in this Anti-Corruption Code. Such interpretation and application shall take precedence over any strict legal or technical interpretations of this Anti-Corruption Code that may otherwise be proposed.
1.3 All Participants are automatically bound by and required to comply with all the provisions of the Anti-Corruption Code. Accordingly, by their participation (in the case of a Player) or assistance in a Player's participation (in the case of a Player Support Personnel), or appointment to officiate (in the case of an Umpire or Match Referee) or appointment to support an Umpire or Match Referee (in the case of an Umpire Support Personnel) in a Domestic Match or International Match, such Participants shall deemed to have agreed:
1.3.1 for the purposes of 4.3, to have consented to the collection, processing, disclosure and use of information relating to him/herself and his/her activities, including personal information relating to him/herself and his/her activities, to the extent expressly permitted hereinafter under the terms of this Anti-Corruption Code,;
1.3.2 that it is their personal responsibility to familiarise themselves with all of the requirements of this Anti-Corruption Code, including what conduct constitutes an offence under this Anti-Corruption Code, and to comply with those requirements;
1.3.3 to submit to the authority of the BCCI (including as delegated to any member of the ACU) to adopt, apply, monitor and enforce this Anti-Corruption Code;
1.3.4 to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the BCCI Disciplinary Committee to hear and determine charges brought by the BCCI and/or related issues under this Anti-Corruption Code;
1.3.5 not to bring any proceedings in any court or other forum that are inconsistent with the foregoing submissions to the jurisdiction of the BCCI Disciplinary Committee.
1.4 Each Participant shall continue to be bound by and required to comply with this Anti-Corruption Code until he/she has not participated (in the case of a Player) or assisted in a Player's participation (in the case of a Player Support Personnel) or officiated (in the case of an Umpire or Match Referee) or been appointed to support an Umpire or Match Referee (in the case of an Umpire Support personnel) in a Domestic Match or International Match for a period of twelve (12) months. The BCCI shall continue to have jurisdiction over him/her under this Anti-Corruption Code thereafter in respect of matters taking place prior to that point.
1.5 Without prejudice to Articles 1.3 and 1.4, the BCCI (through the ACU) shall be responsible for promoting Anti-Corruption Code awareness and education amongst Participants.
1.6 This Anti-Corruption Code also requires Participants in International Matches and Participants in Domestic Matches played in the territory of any other National Cricket Federation or Member Cricket Association not to commit Corrupt Conduct in respect of Domestic Matches played in the BCCI's territory. By virtue of agreeing to be bound by the ICC Anti-Corruption Code or the anti-corruption rules of any other National Cricket Federation (as applicable), each such Participant is deemed also to have agreed to be bound by this Anti-Corruption Code and to submit to the jurisdiction of BCCI to investigate, and BCCI Disciplinary Committee convened under this Anti-Corruption Code to hear and determine, any allegation by the BCCI that he has committed Corrupt Conduct in respect of Domestic Matches played in the BCCI's territory.
1.7 The conduct prohibited under this Anti-Corruption Code may also be a criminal offence and/or a breach of other applicable laws or regulations (including the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and/or anti-corruption rules of other National Cricket Federations). This Anti-Corruption Code is intended to supplement such laws and regulations with further rules of professional conduct and not intended, and should not be interpreted, construed or applied, to prejudice or undermine in any way the application of such laws and regulations. Participants must comply with all applicable laws and regulations at all times.
1.8 Where a Participant’s alleged Corrupt Conduct would amount to a violation both of this Anti-Corruption Code and of the anti-corruption rules of any other National Cricket Federation and/or of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code:
1.8.1 if the alleged Corrupt Conduct is in respect of one or more Domestic Matches played in the BCCI's territory, the BCCI will have the first right and responsibility to take action against the Participant, under this Anti-Corruption Code;
1.8.2 if the alleged Corrupt Conduct is in respect of one or more Domestic Matches played in the other National Cricket Federation’s territory, the other National Cricket Federation(subject to provision contained in Article 1.8.5) will have the first right and responsibility to take action against the Participant, under the relevant anti-corruption rules of the National Cricket Federation, and the BCCI will not take action against the Participant for such Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code unless the other National Cricket Federation so agrees, or the other National Cricket Federation fails or refuses to take action itself within a reasonable time. It is clarified that the BCCI shall be entitled to recognise the final decision taken by the other National Cricket Federation in respect of any Participant and take suitable steps against such Participant under its own rules and regulations to implement the same;
1.8.3 if the alleged Corrupt Conduct is in respect of one or more International Matches, the ICC will have the first right and responsibility to take action against the Participant, under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, and the BCCI will not take action against the Participant under this Anti-Corruption Code for such Corrupt Conduct unless the ICC so agrees. It is clarified that in the event the ICC takes action against the Participant, under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, the final decision of the ICC shall be binding on the BCCI and the BCCI shall take such steps under its own rules and regulations in accordance with the final decision of the ICC; and
1.8.4 if the alleged Corrupt Conduct is in respect of one or more Domestic Matches played in the BCCI’s territory and in respect of one or more International Matches and/or one or more Domestic Matches played in another National Cricket Federation’s territory, the BCCI and the ICC and/or the other National Cricket Federation (as applicable) shall agree between them which of them shall take action against the Participant (and in the event of a failure to agree, the ICC will determine which of them shall take action) It is clarified that in the event the ICC determines that the other National Cricket Federation shall take action, the BCCI shall be entitled to recognise the final decision taken by the other National Cricket Federation in respect of any Participant and take suitable steps against such Participant under its own rules and regulations to implement the same.
1.8.5 Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code if the alleged Corrupt Conduct is in respect of one or more Matches forming part of the IPL and CLT20 the BCCI will have the first right and responsibility to take action against the Participant, under this Anti-Corruption Code irrespective of where such Matches are played.
1.9 Unless otherwise indicated, references in this Anti-Corruption Code to Articles and Appendices are to articles and appendices of this Anti-Corruption Code. Words in italicised text in this Anti-Corruption Code are defined terms and their respective definitions are set out in Appendix 1.
ACU BCCI. Anti-Corruption Unit of the BCCI or its designee
Associate Member. Any National Cricket Federation with associate member status of the ICC.
BCCI. The Board of Control for Cricket in India or its designee
BCCI Disciplinary Committee The Disciplinary Committee as defined in the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the BCCI.
Bet. Any wager, bet or other form of financial speculation, and Betting is the carrying out of such activity.
Betting Organization. Any company or other undertaking that promotes, brokers, arranges or conducts any form of Betting activity in relation to Matches or Events.
Commissioner. The person appointed by the President BCCI, to conduct the preliminary enquiry in relation to any Disciplinary proceedings.
Corrupt Conduct. Any act or omission that would amount to an offence under Article 2 of this Anti-Corruption Code
Champions League T20 or CLT20. The annual T20 tournament organised by the BCCI known as the Champions League T20 or CLT20.
Demand. As defined in Article 4.3.
Designated Anti-Corruption Official. The person appointed by the BCCI to fulfill the duties set out in this Anti-Corruption Code.
Director ACU. An appointee of the BCCI with supervisory responsibilities in relation to the Anti-Corruption Code.
Domestic Match. Any ‘First-Class Match’, ‘List A Limited Overs Match’ or ‘List A Twenty20 Match’, as those terms are defined in the ICC Classification of Official Cricket (as amended from time to time) including all matches organized by the BCCI ,all matches forming part of the Indian Premier League and Champions LeagueT20.
Effective Date. As defined in Article 9.3.
Event. Any competition, tournament, tour, or equivalent that involves one or more Matches.
Franchisee. The entity that owns a franchise/Team in the IPL or CLT20.
Full Member. Any National Cricket Federation with full member status of the ICC.
ICC. The International Cricket Council or its designee.
ICC Anti-Corruption Code. The ICC Anti-Corruption Code for Participants as amended from time to time.
ICC Events. Each of the following: (a) the ICC Cricket World Cup; (b) the ICC World Twenty20; (c) the ICC Champions Trophy; (d) the ICC World Cricket League Divisions 1-8 (inclusive), together with any regional qualifying events thereto; (e) the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup; (f) the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup; (g) the ICC World Cup Qualifying Tournament; (h) the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifying Tournament, together with any regional qualifying events thereto; (i) the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifying Tournament; (j) the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup Qualifying Tournament, together with any regional qualifying events thereto; (k) the ICC Intercontinental Cup and Shield; and (l) any other event organized or sanctioned by the ICC from time to time to which the ICC deems it appropriate that the ICC Anti-Corruption Code should apply.
Indian Premier League or IPL. The Twenty20 cricket league which has been established by BCCI;
Ineligibility. Means the Participant is barred for a specified period of time from participation in the sport of cricket, as set out more specifically in Article.5.2
Inside Information. Any information relating to any Match or Event that a Participant possesses by virtue of his/her position within the sport. Such information includes, but is not limited to, factual information regarding the competitors in the Match or Event, the conditions, tactical considerations or any other aspect of the Match or Event, but does not include such information that is already published or a matter of public record, readily acquired by an interested member of the public, or disclosed according to the rules and regulations governing the relevant Match or Event.
International Match. Any of the following (in men’s and women’s cricket): (a) any Test Match, One Day International Match or Twenty20 International Match; (b) any Match played as part of an ICC Event; (c) any International Tour Match; or (d) any other Match organised or sanctioned by the ICC from time to time to which the ICC deems that the ICC Anti-Corruption Code should apply.
International Tour Match. Any Match played between a representative team of a Full Member (or Associate Member with Test and/or ODI or T20I Status) and any domestic, guest or invitational team.
IPL Central Accreditation. The accreditation provided by BCCI to persons by which such persons become entitled inter alia to access to all Match Venues of the IPL.
IPL Team. Any team that participates in the IPL.
Match. A cricket match of any format and duration in length in which two cricket teams compete against each other.
Member Cricket Association. A full member, associate member or affiliate member of the BCCI as contained in its Memorandum and Rules and Regulations.
National Cricket Federation. A national or regional entity which is a member of or is recognised by the ICC as the entity governing the sport of cricket in a country (or collective group of countries associated for cricket purposes).
Owner. in relation to a Franchisee shall have the meaning as contained in the relevant franchise agreement signed between that Franchisee and BCCI.
Participant. Any Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or Umpire Support Personnel.
Player. Any cricketer who is selected in any playing or touring team or squad that is chosen to represent any Member Cricket Association, IPL Team and/or CLT20 Team in any Match;
Player Support Personnel. Any coach, trainer, manager, selector, Team Official, doctor, physiotherapist or any other person employed by, representing an IPL Team, a CLT20 Team, a playing/touring team or squad that is chosen to represent a Member Cricket Association in any Domestic Match or series of such Matches.
Reward. means any direct or indirect financial or other benefit (other than official prize money and/or contracted payments under playing, service, endorsement, sponsorship or other such similar contracts).
Substantial Assistance. For purposes of Article 188.8.131.52, a Participant must: (a) fully disclose in a signed witness statement all information that he/she possesses in relation to offences under this Anti-Corruption Code and equivalent regulations, and relevant criminal offences and breaches of other professional rules; and (b) reasonably cooperate with the investigation and adjudication of any case related to that information, including, for example, presenting testimony at a hearing if requested to do so by the BCCI or other relevant body. Further, the information provided must be credible and must comprise an important part of any case that is initiated or, if no case is initiated, must have provided a sufficient basis on which a case could have been brought.
Suspension. shall have the meaning in Article 4.7.
Team. Any cricket team that participates in any Match/Event that is subject to this Anti Corruption Code
Team Official means either:
(a) any person who (i) has been provided an IPL Central Accreditation on behalf of a Team or Franchisee and (ii) is a director, secretary, officer, management staff, employee, coach, physio (or other medical personnel) or duly authorised (express or implied) agent of a Team or Franchisee or a consultant to or other person serving in any official capacity for a Team or Franchisee
(b) Any Owner.
Umpire. Any umpire (including any on-field umpire, television umpire, third or fourth umpire) appointed (by the BCCI or any other relevant party) to officiate in any Domestic Match.
Umpire Support Personnel. Any technical officials (for example, and without limitation, any official with responsibility for operating the communication equipment for Umpires and Match Referees during a Domestic Match) or umpire coaches appointed (by the BCCI or any other relevant party) to support the Umpires and/or Match Referees.