Club statement - 14-08-2015

The Chairman Paul Haywood, Head Coach Andrew McDonald and I were asked to attend an ECB disciplinary hearing at Lord’s this morning (Friday, August 14). 

The hearing related to five incidents reported by umpires over the last 12 months that were deemed to show a level of dissent to the umpires or opposition players. It is with huge disappointment that the ECB Disciplinary Panel Committee has today decided to dock Leicestershire CCC 16 Championship points this season.  We believe that the sanction imposed is severe.

As you are aware, Andrew and I have worked hard, and continue to do so, to improve the expected standards and levels of discipline expected of Leicestershire cricketers. It is unfortunate that two of the highest level indiscretions happened last year that we had no control over and we believe that the latest low level incident reported was particularly harsh.

Unfortunately there is no platform for us as a club to appeal any of the reported incidents.  We have already put in place procedures relating to player education and will be talking to the Professional Cricketers Association as to what further programmes we can put into place.

The players have a duty to behave on the field as well as off the field in a manner that the club expects and so this is simply not acceptable to us. Further discussions with regards to future behaviour and the repercussions will be outlined to players within the next 24 hours.

The conclusion to today’s hearing is bitterly disappointing to us considering the superb win earlier this week against Derbyshire and taking into account the significant strides we have made this season. Clearly more needs to be done, but we will brush ourselves off and remain determined to do everything possible to improve every aspect of the club.

Wasim Khan, Chief Executive