Cricket Etiquette

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Examples of Cricket Etiquette


  • Enter the field of play after the umpires.
  • The captain should lead the team onto the field.
  • Between deliveries keep an eye on the captain for a possible change of position.
  • Keep position, don't stray.
  • Remember position for each bowler and each batsman.
  • Get the ball back to the bowler promptly.
  • Do not engage in unnecessary comments or actions in the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of own team.
  • Do not engage in frivolous appealing.
  • Only players in line with the wickets should appeal.
  • Do not charge the umpire when appealing.
  • Indicate immediately if you have not completed a fair catch.
  • Do not engage in chatter or movement likely to distract the batsman.
  • Do not engage in any form of sledging.
  • Always signal to the umpire when the ball reaches the boundary.
  • Do not sit on the ground – even if it is a drinks break or a wicket has fallen.
  • Avoid walking on the pitch.
  • Acknowledge a 50 and/or 100 scored by a batsman.
  • Acknowledge a bowler's good performance – clap him off the field.


  • Always say “thank you” to the umpire when passing to him, or receiving from him, your hat and/or jumper - never throw them or leave on the stumps or on the ground.
  • Always accept the umpire's decision.
  • If questioning the umpire on a point, do it calmly and politely – accept his response.
  • If the non-striker is leaving his crease early a quiet word via the umpire should solve the problem.
  • Apologise to the batsman immediately if a high full-pitched delivery accidentally slips out.
  • Do not engage in any form of sledging.


  • Enter the field of play after the fielding side.
  • When asking for ‘guard' say “please”.
  • Always be ready to receive the ball when the bowler is ready to start his run-up.
  • Apologise if for some reason, such as adjustment to equipment, you have cause to make the bowler wait.
  • Accept the umpire's decision – when given out walk immediately without any show of emotion.
  • Do not engage in comments or gestures likely to cause conflict with the bowler or fieldsmen.
  • As the incoming batsman, cross the outgoing batsman on the field of play.
  • Always have clothing and equipment comfortable and fully adjusted so as not to cause delays when you are the incoming batsman.
  • When taking runs always run to the side of the pitch.


  • Show respect for your captain, team-mates, opponents, umpires and the game’s traditional values.
  • Do not be arrogant in victory nor surly in defeat.
  • When the ‘home' team, create an hospitable environment for opponents and umpires.
  • Show self-discipline both on and off the field.
  • Look the part - clothing and equipment should be clean, tidy and properly worn.
  • Show appreciation of the efforts of workers within the game - for example, the people who provide lunches and afternoon teas, ground staff and club officials.
  • Always be punctual for matches and training sessions.
  • At the end of the match shake hands with opponents and thank the umpires.
  • After the day's play participate in social interaction with team-mates, opponents and umpires.