League Constitution – Season 2017
1.The league shall be known as the Quaid‑e‑Azam Sunday Cricket League.
2. Membership. The following clubs shall constitute the league for this season.
Premier Section: Bhalot Strikers CC, Flix AWB CC, Darulshafa CC, Heaton Park CC, Kashmir (Dewsbury) CC, Keighley RZM Chemists CC, My Lahore CC, OnQ CC, RAJA CC and White Rose CC
Section A: Azad CC, Bradford Moor CC, Diamond CC, Earlmarshall CC, Indus Ghari CC, Karmand CC, Punjab CC, Rising Stars CC, Shaheen CC and Tabs CC
Section B: Bradford Royals CC, Central Leeds CC, Chach CC, Easier Accident Management CC, Green Stars CC, Kashmir (Bradford) CC, Kings XI CC, Patriots CC, STYLE CC and Yorkshire Lions CC
2b. The League shall consist of 30 clubs divided into three sections Premier Section, Section ‘A’ and Section ‘B’. (For season 2017 a motion to create two sections was agreed at the 2015 AGM, Section A would consist of the top 5 teams in group 1 and 2 whilst the bottom 5 teams in both sections would move down to the new Section B structure).
3. Club Registration. Each club shall register every year with the league on league registration forms, duly completed and accompanied by full subscription no later than a date set at the A.G.M. Membership of all clubs will be reviewed by the executive committee each year.
3a. Applications for membership by clubs not already members of the league must be received by the League Secretary no later than AGM in each year. All such applications shall be considered and decided by the executive committee, which shall have regard to the membership, playing strength and the condition of the ground of the club applying for membership and any other relevant matters which appear to the executive committee to be relevant to the decision of the application, including the imposition of any condition the executive committee deems fit to include a bond of £200 to be dealt with at the committee’s discretion.
3b. Any Member of the Quaid‑e‑Azam SCL wishing to resign from league must notify the League Secretary in writing of its intention to do so by the AGM. After receipt of such a letter that club has resigned its membership of the Quaid‑e‑Azam SCL, providing all outstanding fines and all cups and trophies have been returned. The club will have 7 day cooling off period if they wish to withdraw their resignation. If the same club wishes to resume its membership it must re‑apply in writing for admission. If such an application is successful, the club will be treated as a new member and restart its membership in the lower section of this league. Any club leaving this league without fulfilling the aforementioned obligation will be reported to Yorkshire Cricket Board and refused further entry into the Quaid‑e‑Azam SCL. The outstanding dues will be divided equally by all registered players ((except those aged 21 and under as at 1st September of the previous year) for that particular club who have played more than 50% of the completed matches in one particular season.
3c. Any Club resigning from the league after the AGM will be fined the same as the broken engagement for each game and rule 3b will apply to the players.
3d. No club withdrawing from the league shall after the date of its withdrawal have any claim to compensation against the league or be repaid any money that may have been subscribed by it.
3e. Each Club shall pay an annual subscription to be determined at the A.G.M. This subscription compromises of handbook, league entry, awards and affiliation fees to YCB/ECB.
3f. All Clubs wishing to change their club name must apply to the executive committee who will decide on their discretion. Request to change team name must be made before the deadline of the annual club application.
4. Promotion/Relegation. At the end of the each season the two bottom clubs in Premier section shall be relegated down, whilst the two top clubs in section ‘A’ shall be promoted up. The bottom two clubs in Section ‘A’ shall be relegated down & the top two clubs in Section ‘B’ shall be promoted up. In the event of a team resigning in Premier Section the team in 3rd place in Section ‘A’ would be promoted. In the event of a team resigning in Section ‘A’ the team in 3rd place in Section ‘B’ would be promoted.
4a. If two or more teams finish the season on the same points, the championship/relegation will be based upon the number of outright (6 points) wins if this is the same for two or more teams the championship/relegation will be decided on the better net run rate (batting average divided by bowling average).
5. Annual General Meeting. At the AGM of the league, the executive committee shall present a report on such matters as the concern of the welfare of the league, along with a statement of accounts. The league officials shall then be elected at the AGM and shall form the executive committee of the league. The league shall be governed by a committee hereinafter called the executive committee consisting of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, League Secretary, Treasurer, Umpires Secretary and five non officer elected members.
5a. Consideration shall be given to any proposed new rules or amendment(s) to existing rules at the AGM of the league or at a special meeting of the league committee called for the purpose by the Chairman or Secretary or at the request in writing of no less than 20 clubs. No alterations of the rules shall be effective nor shall any new rule(s) be made unless at least 75% of the clubs present and voting duly in favour thereof.
5b. Each Club is allow one vote at the AGM.
5c. Any Member failing to attend the AGM will be fined £50.00.
5d. All Club representatives, duly registered by their club, shall be eligible to serve on the executive committee and the election process shall be by secret ballot.
6. League Accounts. Every club has a right to exam the league accounts, but may do so only at a general meeting. A copy of annual financial report will be given to every member club representative at the AGM. Member not settling their accounts by the due date will be fined £5.00 per week from the due date.
6a. Annual subscriptions must be settled by the date set at the AGM or as stated on the annual application. If annual subscription is not paid by this date then no game for that club will go ahead until they settle the outstanding balance and points will be awarded accordingly to the opposition.
6b. Outstanding Balances for the previous season must be settled on or before AGM, if the member club does not clear its previous season’s balance then the executive has the right to terminate their clubs membership from the league.
7. Executive Committee. The executive committee reserve the right to require any member of a club to attend and address the executive committee meetings on a specific matter should the need arise. The member or members shall only address the meeting on that specific matters and shall not participate in any further proceedings of that meeting.
7a. The executive committee shall manage the affairs of the league and do all such things and decide all such matters in relation to the affairs of the league, which the executive committee require to be done and decided by the league committee at their discretion.
7b. Decision of the executive committee shall be notified in writing within seven days to the member clubs involved. The committee’s decision will be posted onto the league website when the clubs involved have been notified.
7c. At all meetings the chairman shall have a casting vote.
7d. The Executive Committee shall be permitted to elect an unspecified number of further officers, as and when required, to fulfill any duties of the league the executive committee deems necessary and to elect an unspecified number of honorary life members.
7e. No member can be elected/serve as a member of the executive committee if they have or found to be guilty of a level 4 offence.
8. League Meeting. League meetings shall be held at the Karmand Community Centre at 7.00pm.
8a. One Representative being the secretary or other responsible appointed person from each club shall be allowed to attend the league general meetings and that person must be registered with the club and appointed by the club secretary.
8b. Any Club failing to send a representative to the general meetings shall be fined a sum of £20.00.
8c. The Chairman reserves the right to eject any club representative from the meeting in the event of disorderly conduct by any such representative.
9. Registration of Players. Registration of players will only be accepted on Quaid e Azam SCL website online registration system. An unlimited number of players may be registered by a member club, however if the member club has more than 50 players registered in any particular season a charge of £1.00 will apply for each player after the first 50 registration.
9a. A current passport size photograph or electronic image must be uploaded on to the online system for each player application (unless the registration is relating to a transfer). Online system registration will not be accepted unless a player photograph is uploaded.
9b. When a player registration has been approved by the league secretary the player photograph and their details, including date of registration will be uploaded to the appropriate member club webpage to confirm registration.
9c. Member club shall keep a written record of all outstanding obligations of their members of the club and shall be the responsibility of the member club to obtain acknowledgement in writing of that obligation from the player concerned.
9d. Any person(s) who has played first class cricket including T20 international, ODI international and Test matches in the last five years will be classed as a professional & shall not be eligible to register with any member club until he exceeds the complete 5 years period since the last first class/international game. In addition, overseas players who are here on a Sports visa (or a visitors visa with a purpose of entry to play sports), AND who are registered in the YCB/ECB affiliated league, will be ineligible to play also. Eligibility of players with other types of visa (such as spouse/student), AND with affiliation to YCB/ECB, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
9e. New players must be registered with the league by Thursday, 5.00pm before they can participate in the following Sunday/Monday matches at the earliest. Registration of new players will cease after 31st July.
10. Transfer. The executive committee has absolute power to effect the transfer of a player at their discretion.
10a. No player shall play for more than one club, unless he receives a transfer from his former club. A player who has not fulfilled his financial obligations to his former club, shall not be allowed to play for his new club until he does so. This applies only to the previous & current season. To restrict an upper limit of outstanding financial obligation made by the former member club an amount of £80.00 will apply which could include, club subscription, clothing and equipment. Evidence must be provided by the former member club to justify the outstanding obligations
10b. No transfer will be accepted after 30th June. Transfer will only be accepted on the official Quaid e Azam SCL online registration system. In addition, the transfer approval confirmation must also be forwarded by a Text or an Email to the league secretary. In the case of other Sunday cricket leagues – YCB transfer form must be completed and should be signed by the player as well as both secretaries of the clubs involved.
10c. If transfer is refused then the holding club must outline reason for not allowing to transfer within 5 days of the request to the League Secretary. The player will not be able to participate during the 5 days period. Both the holding club and the player will be informed in writing of the decision by the executive committee. If the matter goes to appeal then the player will not participate in any games until the outcome of the appeal
10d. If a transfer dispute arises before the transfer deadline, the player will be able to transfer to the new club after the deadline if his transfer is successful. However, the player cannot participate with his current club until the dispute is resolved.
10e. Player can seek only one transfer in any one season. For information the new season starts the day after the AGM.
10f. A maximum of 2 players will be allowed to be transferred from Club A to Club B over the course of the season. This limit also applies if a player goes to an intermediate club from club A, before going on to register to Club B.
10g. In the event a player misinforming the member club regarding his previous registration history the executive committee will take appropriate action against club and the individual. Responsibility of all validity of transfers lies with the registering team.
11. The team. List of players taking part in the match before play commences must be given to the umpires before the teams toss.
12. If a player arrives after 30 minutes from the official start time of the game he will not be eligible to participate in the game as a player or a substitute. Both the umpires and the opposing captain must be informed if a player is expected to arrive late.
12a. A substitution will only be granted if the umpires are satisfied that a player has been injured or become ill during the match. However, for a rearranged rain affected continuation of a cup game, substitutions will be allowed.
12b. A minimum of seven players must be present to represent a team before any match can be started. A fine of £2.00 per player will apply if less than 11 players are present.
12c. All clubs must provide a scorer. If any clubs fails to provide a scorer at the start official start time a fine of £10.00 will apply.
13. Time of Matches. All league and cup matches must start at 1.30pm except for games in April & September when the start time is 1.00pm.
13a. A game will be called off 45 minutes after the official start time if the opposing or home team has not arrived to the agreed venue.
13b. The two captains and at least six of his registered players must be present in there whites for the toss of the coin to take place at 1.15pm. In the event of a captain and at least six players not being present the team will be deemed to have lost the toss. In the case where both teams are late they will be required to toss before they take to the field.
13c. In the event a member clubs changes their normal home venue then they must notify the away club and the league secretary no later than 10:00pm the evening before the day of the match. Failure to comply with this rule will result in the offending clubs being deducted all points including those awarded due to weather effected games.
14. Late Starts. Umpires must report late starts. Any club responsible for a late start will be fined £1.00 per minutes for the first 10 minutes and 50 pence for every minute up to the next 35 minutes.
14a. No club may cancel a match on account of weather conditions or the state of the ground and no game shall be abandoned before the authorized time for commencement of the match unless it involves a lot of traveling and that the two teams agree to cancel the game.
14b. Any games not started due to weather and ground condition, the match will be reduced by one over per 3 minutes (after the first 15 minutes). If the match has not started by 3.30pm or the team batting first has not played at least 25 overs in their allocated time of 3 hours from the official start time then the match will be deem to be abandoned by the umpire and two points will be awarded.
14c. Any games interrupted in the first half of the match by weather, the match will be reduced as per rule 14b. The team batting second will be given the same number of overs as the first team regardless of any further interruption due to rain. The game will continue if the light is judged to be satisfactory by the umpire.
14d. Both teams must inform the League Secretary in writing to confirm a broken engagement within seven days of the match not taking place. The team responsible for a broken engagement shall write to the League Secretary explaining the reason for the broken engagement. The team responsible will be fined £150.00 and will also compensate reasonable cost for ground hire and umpires fees.
15. Overs. Each innings shall not exceed 45 6‑ball overs. Late start due to weather or any other reasons the umpires will need to apply rule 14b. In the absence of official umpires both Captains will need to decide on number of overs to be reduced before play starts. No bowler can bowl more than nine overs, this shall be reduced accordingly if restricted by a late start due to rain or other reason. 45 overs to be bowled within 3 hours ‑ a fine of £5.00 per over if this rule is not complied with.
15a. A new Readers Sovereign cricket ball must be used for each game, any second balls used in any match must also be the league approved Readers cricket balls.
15b. For all league matches a ball delivered down the leg side will be deemed as a wide and normal MCC rules will apply.
16. Rolling the wicket. The responsibility of supervising the rolling of the wicket before play will in the first place rest with the umpire. The ground may be rolled for seven minutes before a match begins and during the interval (at the request of the opposing Captain) but the roller must be off the ground so as to allow play to commence at the stipulated time.
16a. A visiting captain may object to the condition or fitness of the wicket, other than damage caused by inclement weather, before commencement of the game. The umpires shall decide whether or not the objection shall be allowed and their decision shall be final. If no other wicket is available and the objection is upheld by the umpires, then the match should take place, if this is not possible then the visiting team must lodge a complaint in written to the league who will then investigate the matter and take such action deemed necessary.
17. Points. Six points will be obtained by the side scoring the most runs and bowling the other side out, i.e. outright victory. Five points will be obtained by the side scoring the most runs but not bowling the other out. Three points for a tie. Two points for a no result or rain effected match. One point will be obtained by the losing side if they do not lose all their wickets and bat second time. Side batting first time do not obtain any points even though they have wickets in hand and lose the match.
18. Cup and Shield Matches. Each player playing in the quarter finals cup round should have played in one completed league game for the same club he is representing for the club to qualify, a player can only represent one club in each season and will be deemed cup tied if he then transfers to another club. For both the semi finals and final, players must have played in 2 completed league fixtures for the same club he is representing in the cup game to qualify.
18a. All games will be played on the ground of the first drawn club in each pairing, except for the final which will be played on a neutral ground.
18b. If the total scores are level after both teams have completed their innings then the winner shall be decided on the team losing fewer wickets. If this is also the same then the winning team will be determined by a ball out. Each team will field 5 ballers who will attempt to hit three stumps. The team hitting the most number of stumps will be determined as the winner. If all 5 ballers hit the stumps the next player for each team will attempt to hit the stumps, the first team to strike the stumps will be deemed the winner.
18c. If a result cannot be determined because of weather conditions on the specific date, the match shall be continued on the following available evenings/day. Where both teams cannot agree the match must be played over two evenings before the next round. Where more than half of the match has been completed (min 25 overs or more) both teams must agree to continue the fixture within 5 days (pending on weather) after the original fixture. In all circumstances failure to re-arrange the fixture may result in both teams being eliminated from the cup round.
18d. Umpires fee will be the same as for the league matches, both competing teams to share the expenses, except the final, where umpires will be paid by the league.
18e. The cup shall be held by the winning team and shall be returned to the league secretary by 30th June.
18f. Should any dispute occur that is not covered by the Quaid-e-Azam Sunday Cricket League Rules, and MCC then the executive committee’s decision will be final.
18g. On the day of the league cup final any club or its members taking part in any competition that is not affiliated to YCB/ECB will be banned from taking part in the leagues cup competition. The length of the ban will be on the discretion of the executive committee.
18h. For all rounds of the cup matches a ball delivered down the leg side will be deemed as a wide and normal MCC rules will apply.
18i. NO CLUB WILL HAS THE RIGHT OF AN APPEAL FOR ANY CUP MATTERS, OTHER THAN WHERE IT INVOLVES PLAYER DISCIPLINE.
19. Refreshments. Every home team must have acceptable refreshments available at the interval i.e. hot/cold drinks, sandwiches etc. Clubs not providing acceptable refreshments will be fined £10.00. The break between innings shall not last more than twenty minutes.
20. Umpires. Umpires’ fixtures will be posted on the league website monthly. Both teams will be responsible for the payment of £35.00 umpire’s fee. The overall responsibility for the payment lies with the home team. For a match not played due to weather conditions the umpire’s fee will be £10.00 per umpire (or £5.00 per team if only one umpire is present). When it is necessary for an umpire to officiate at both ends, he shall be paid an extra fee of £15.00 (£50 in total). If any appointed umpire has to travel outside his normal postcode he will be reimbursed by a further payment of £2.00.
20a. Home teams may be deducted 1 point if they fail to contact the umpire to confirm venue before the day of the game.
20b. All games will be under the control of the umpires appointed by the league. In cases where an appointed umpire does not put in appearance at the match, the two captains must agree on a substitute umpire before he is appointed. Preference shall be given in all cases to umpires currently registered with the league or overseas cricketer whether in the UK or Overseas, or failing all else, an agreed member of the attending public, including member clubs. In all cases the agreement of both captains must be obtained.
20c. Any complaint regarding the behaviour of an umpire or his handling of the match must be made in writing with seven clear days of the completion of the match and must be accompanied by a fee of £10.00 which shall be forfeited if the complaint is dismissed, or the executive committee consider the complaint vexatious, frivolous or otherwise unreasonable. Decisions of the umpire in connection with dismissal of any batsman will not be considered.
20d. All new member clubs must nominate at least 2 umpires who will be required to officiate in at least 12 games in the current season, failure to do so will warrant a fine of £10.00 per game per umpire which will be charged to the nominating member club.
21. Insurance. All clubs are requested to ensure that their matches are covered by an insurance policy. The Quaid e Azam league is not responsible for any clubs or their members.
21a. All home clubs must have access to adequate first aid facilities at every match.
22. Results/ScoreSheets. Both teams to inform the League Secretary of match results on the same day by 8.30pm by text. Any club failing to do the above will be fined £3.00.
22a. All scoresheets should be fully completed giving full names of players. Any club failing to complete the scoresheet will be fined £5.00. Both teams are responsible for emailing the electronic format (excel or PDF) league official scoresheet to the league secretary. E-version scoresheets must reach the league secretary no later than the 3 day after the match (by Wednesday).
23. Averages. At the end of the season all club secretaries shall submit to the league secretary, on or before October general meeting, full details of the following:-
i) Batting average – Min 300 runs
ii) Bowling average – Min 20 wickets
iii) Wicket keeper’s dismissals
iv) Highest individual batting score in one innings
v) Best bowling performance in one innings
vi) Best all-rounder
vii) Best partnership
viii)Highest run maker & wicket taker
ix) Best Umpire
In all cases participation in a minimum of 9 completed league matches. Only league match performance to be taken into consideration to qualify for any of the above categories. There are separate prizes for all sections.
24. Discipline. Every person, member club and their spectators should try to promote the league by:-
i) Acting in a gentlemanly fashion on field.
ii) Wearing proper cricket gear (white socks and shoes)
ANY PERSON OR CLUB REPORTED TO THE LEAGUE MORE THAN ONCE FOR BREACH OF THESE RULES WILL BE DEALTH WITH SEVERLY.
24a. All members clubs of the league and all players and spectator in the league shall abide by the executive committees decision and obey the league rules. Should any club, player or member of the league act by its act or omission involve the league in any avoidable expenses, then the league reserves the right to seek indemnity from the club, player or member of the league, in part or whole.
24b. Any allegation of misconduct, impropriety or unsportman-like behavior or persistent breaches of these rules, or other conduct detrimental to the interest and or reputation of the league, made against a club or any member of the league shall be referred to the executive committee. If substantial on enquiry, then the executive committee is empowered to impose such penalties on the person(s) concerned as it shall in its absolute discretion think fit.
24c.The QEASCL also reserve the right to increase bans/deduct points and/or impose a fine on a club whose members are reported on more than one occasion during the season.
25. Complaints. All protests and complaints on any matter in dispute or otherwise must be made in writing and must be in the hands of the league secretary and the secretary of the allegedly offending club or in the case of an individual within seven clear days (except registration of players which is within 14 days) of the completion of the match and shall be accompanied (unless an umpire is writing) by the fee of £10.00 which shall be forfeited if the complaint is missed or if the complaint is considered frivolous, vexation or otherwise unreasonable by the executive committee.
25a. Complaints will be dealt with accordance to the QEASCL rules as listed in the handbook and MCC rules and regulations. The executive committee will use its discretion should a dispute arise that is not covered by the QEASCL or MCC rules and regulations.
25b. If the complaint is upheld, the executive committee shall have power to impose such penalties as are laid down in these rules. The following may be imposed:-
i) To deduct up to six points from the offending club for each breach and/or
ii) To award up to six points to the non-offending club for each breach and /or
iii) To fine/suspend the offending club an amount/period to reflect the gravity of the offence
iv) To expel from all league cup competition where the matter relates to breach of rule 9d.
v) The committee to work within the framework of the complaints procedure as per rule 25 and can only award or deduct points where a complaint has been received within the framework of 14 days.
26. Appeals. In the event of offending party being aggrieved by the decision of the executive committee, then the aggrieved party shall have the right of appeal against that decision to the full League Council of appeals committee. Any such appeal must be in writing and made within seven clear days of the receipt by the appellant of the decision of the executive committee. All such appeals must be accompanied by a one flat fee of £50.00 which shall be forfeited if the elements or whole appeal is dismissed, or considered to be frivolous, vexatious or otherwise unreasonable.
26a. On appeal, the league council of appeals committee shall have all powers of the executive committee to deal with the original matters and shall not be bound by the original decision of the executive committee.
27. Misuse of the Social Media. Clubs are expected/required to ensure that all their members are aware of the misuse of social and other media as outlined below and be aware of the possible consequences faced by individuals and/or the club if such misuse happens.
27a. Any public or circulated comment brought to the attention of the League in any form of social media ( e.g. Websites, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs etc. ) or in the general media ( e.g. press, radio, television, general websites , club programs etc. ) that is detrimental to the league , officials or the Game in general by a Club, Officials, Players, Club Member or someone acting on their behalf may be viewed as Unsatisfactory Conduct under the leagues Code and Procedures and therefore is a disciplinary offence and may result in due disciplinary procedure against the Individual(s) or Club.
27b. It can be viewed as a secondary offence to re-send or re-circulate any such detrimental comments and as primary offence to ask someone to do this on your behalf and this will be treated as Unsatisfactory Conduct and can be treated as a disciplinary offence in its own right.