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Player eligibility (league matches)


Posted by Kevin Owens on 01/08/2015 07:16



5. Qualification of players (league matches)

All Clubs are responisble for the accuracy and bona fide recording of all registrations on Play Cricket, transfers and overseas players for both current and new players.

5.1 - Any bona-fide member of a Club may take part in League matches provided that:

  • (i) They have not played with another Club in this League, in the same season except subject to Rule 5.2.
  • (ii) If they have previously played with a Club in another League in England & Wales, whether it is, or is not a member of the Yorkshire Cricket Board within the last 5 calendar years, they must commence playing before August 1st and the requirements of the Yorkshire Cricket Board Rules 9.1 to 9.2.4 must be satisfied. Clearance or Transfer Certificates MUST be lodged with the League Secretary 24 hours before the match in which it is intended to play the member.
  • (iii) They have not been released by their Club to specifically play or is not specifically playing on the day(s) on which his Club is not engaged in its own domestic League programme whether their Club or League is or is not affiliated to the Yorkshire Cricket Board. Note: Yorkshire Cricket Board Rules 9.1 to 9.2.4 apply only to players transferring from a Club in another League whether it is or is not affiliated to the Board. It is the responsibility of the Club to which the player is transferring to ensure that the requirements of these Rules have been satisfied.

5.2 - Any player transferring from another Club in this League must apply for and obtain the sanction of the Management Committee before playing for his new Club.

Such application must be made 24 hours before the match and must indicate that they have fulfilled their obligations to that Club. Any player transferring under Rule 5.2 must commence playing before 1st August.

5.3 - Players who have played in 12 or more 1st XI League matches shall not be allowed to play in any of the last three 2nd XI matches without the sanction of the Management Committee.

Players who have played in 12 or more 1st or 2nd XI League matches shall not be allowed to play in any of the last three 3rd XI matches without the sanction of the Management Committee, except for those eligible under Rule 5.5.

5.4 - Student Dual Registrations

i) Any bona fide Student who is studying at a Further Education Establishment can be registered by a club on a "Dual Club" basis.  A student registration form will need to be lodged with the League Secretary no later than 24 hours before the first match in which they intend to play.  The player can then play for both their "home" and "AWSCL" club without a transfer being required.  This needs to be applied for on an annual basis.

ii) Overseas Players as defined in 5.9 are not eligible for this registration.  Overseas Born English Residents are eligible but need to also register as such.

5.5 - (i) Players playing in the 1st or 2nd XIs on the Saturday previous to a 3rd XI Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday game shall be ineligible to play for the 3rd XI that weekend.

The exception to this rule are players who are Under 19 on 1st September of the previous year, if they played in the 2nd XI game or players who are Under 17 on 1st September of the previous year, if they played in the 1st XI game.
(ii) When a 1st or 2nd XI match has been cancelled, no player who has played more 1st and 2nd XI League matches than 3rd XI matches shhall be allowed to play in the 3rd XI competiton that weekend unless they qualify as an Under 17 or Under 19 as above.

NB. Any player who plays for a 3rd XI in a match prior to the start of the 1st or 2nd XI programme, cannot play for the 1st or 2nd XI on the following Saturday without the prior consent of the Management Committee.

NB. The term Weekend above includes Bank Holiday Monday.

Clubs are permitted to loan out bona fide Junior players (who are Under 19 on 1st September of the previous year) to clubs in lesser cricket leagues as defined by the Management Committee. Any player loaned to another club under this scheme can be recalled by their club to play in 1st or 2nd XI matches without the need for a transfer form. Agreement with the other League and its Clubs will be sought by the club wishing to loan the player(s). Players to be registered with the League prior to playing for the loan club.

(iii) Upto 3 senior players that have played for the 2nd XI may play for the 3rd XI on the same weekend or following weekend.

5.6 - No overseas player shall play in any 2nd XI or 3rd XI match without special dispensation from the League Management Committee.

This does not apply to Overseas Born English Residents.

5.7 - Any Club not complying with the requirements of Rule 5.5 and 5.6 above shall be dealt with by the Management Committee.

5.8 - For the 3rd XI Play-Off Final, all players must either have played a minimum of 5 games for the 3rd XI that season or have played in each of the last three games immediately prior to the Play-Off Final.

5.9 - Overseas Players

In accordance with current ECB qualifications as interpreted by the Management Committee whose decision is final.

No club will be allowed to register more than one overseas player in a season. 

An overseas player will NOT be allowed to register after the scheduled commencement of the season, however they must play at least one game before 1st August. An overseas player is considered to be a cricketer not qualified to play for England under the current ECB regulations.  Any such player cannot receive any remuneration from the playing or coaching of cricket as the main source of income.

NOTE: Players holding a Tier 1 Visa will not be considered as an overseas player for this rule, however still need to be registered with the league, however this may be after the start of the season, however must play at least one game prior to 1st August.

QUALIFICATIONS OF CRICKETERS TO PLAY FOR ENGLAND

Subject to overriding discretion of the ECB, acting with the consent of the International Cricket Council, a Cricketer will only be qualified to play for England in a Test Match or in a One Day International Match if;

They are either a British citizen or an Irish citizen; AND either

i) they were born within England and Wales; OR

ii) they have been resident in England and Wales for the immediately preceding seven consecutive years; AND

they have not during the immediately preceding four consecutive years either played cricket for any ICC Full Member Country outside the EEA at U17 level or above, or

played First Class Cricket in any such ICC Full Member Country except as an overseas cricketer under local rules similar to (iii) below, or in any other circumstances approved by the ECB; AND

they make, whenever requested by the ECB, a declaration in the form set out in Annex A to the ECB Regulations.

Clubs must ensure that they have the correct Visa for players and bear in mind that some such Visa’s require Clubs to register with the ECB.

iii) In the case of a Cricketer seeking to become qualified under ii) above he will (until he has become qualified to play for England) only be treated as having been 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 "year" shall mean a year ending 1st April).  

ANY BREACH WILL DEEM SUCH PLAYER TO BE AN ‘OVERSEAS’ PLAYER AND WILL BE TREATED AS PLAYING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER

iv)  Subject to (ii) above an overseas player who has been resident in England & Wales for a minimum of 2 years and under 7 years prior to the date of the current season registration, will be considered as an ‘Overseas Player England Registered Player’.   A Player so registered is not classed as the Club’s overseas player BUT MUST REGISTER ANNUALLY until they qualify to play for England as defined above.   

v)  An overseas player who is under 17 on the 1st September of the PREVIOUS YEAR and is normally resident in this country with his PARENTS OR GUARDIANS, Subject to (iii) above shall be eligible to register as an ‘Overseas Player (Junior)” however still need to be registered with the league, however this may be after the start of the season, however must play at least one game prior to 1st August.

NOTE:

All Clubs are responsible for the bone fide registration of all overseas players and must assure themselves that the player complies with regards the above and has the correct Visa.  The players must complete the relevant form required in full, i.e. before 23:59 on the day preceding the season start (Overseas Players), within 24 hours of the scheduled start of a match (Teir 1, OPER & U17)

Rule 5.1 & 5.2 will apply, refers in part to transfers from Clubs in England & Wales.

If doubts then the Club Secretary must contact the League Secretary in the first instance for clarification.

5.10   Loan Players

Any U19 player can play for another club with the written permission of the club holding their registration, but excluding regular 1st XI players.

Additionally players from clubs outside the League can be utilised in the same fashion as long as they are not regular 1st XI players for their club.

No loans after the 18th match of the season without permission from the League.

The club to whom the player is loaned are not able to sign the player for the current or subsequent season without specific permission of loaning club and the League.

Players under this rule are not limited to number of clubs they can be loaned out to.  Under 18 age group and younger players also require parental permission.

A ‘regular 1st XI player’ shall be defined as a player the majority of whose recent previous appearances have been in the first team.

 

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