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It is the responsibility of the captain to ensure that the match is played according to the rules and traditions of the game. The captain is responsible for ensuring that the Spirit of Cricket is upheld at all times by all players in the team. Umpires decisions must not be questioned. Opponents must not be abused either by word or action. In such an event, and in the event of any kind of unsporting conduct by members of his team, it is the captain’s duty to intervene immediately.
The captain has a particular responsibility towards young players in his team and must be familiar with and implement ECB and league directives which concern young players. Particularly in lower teams, the captain must be careful not to focus entirely on the match result at the expense of neglecting the participation and development of young players.
In terms of attitude and sportsmanship, the captain must give the best possible example to his young players, and ensure that other senior members in the team do the same. No player should be berated for failure – this is usually counter-productive. Positive advice and encouragement will bring better results. Where players are not selected or dropped, bat lower in the order, or bowl fewer overs, the reasons for these decisions should be explained.
Below are listed a number of captain’s match day responsibilities. Most of them relate to home matches. A captain has much to do on match days and it is recommended that as many of these tasks as possible be delegated to other team members. It must, however, be stressed that the responsibility for seeing that they are done remains with the captain.
- Ensure all selected players are aware as early as possible where they are playing and when you expect them to be there. Ensure in advance that parents of any U13 players have completed a consent form.
- Ensure that you have telephone numbers for players, opponents and umpires with you.
- Ensure you have result sheets, scorebook, match balls and sufficient spares.
- Ensure in advance that stumps, bails, bowler’s markers, fielding markers, and boundary markers are present.
- Open changing rooms in good time.
- Ensure that first aid kit is present.
- Remove covers, position sightscreens, put out stumps and field markers, scoreboard, table and chairs for scorers / open scorebox.
- Greet opposing captain and team and umpires on their arrival and explain changing & tea arrangements. (1st XI – ensure umpires are paid on arrival, and that they are provided with keys)
- Ensure separate tea portions and table is prepared for umpires/scorers where applicable
- Delegate scorers/umpires in advance as necessary.
- Make arrangements for provision of drinks during both innings.
- Collect and document match fees.
- Ascertain and document player availability for next fixture(s)
- Ensure your players allow visitors to get their teas first!
- Ensure that all players thank opponents, umpires and scorers
- Retrieve the match balls and spares. Retrieve scorebook. Retrieve and put away stumps, bails, field and boundary markers, scoreboard, table and chairs / close scorebox shutter and lock door – return keys.
- Retrieve any keys given to umpires.
- Cover pitch as directed by groundsman.
- Remove any litter, bottles, glasses etc. from pitch surroundings. Return all glasses to bar.
- Remove all litter, food, bottles, glasses etc. from home and away changing rooms. Return glasses to bar.
- Sweep out home and away changing rooms. Ensure all lights, showers, heaters, taps etc. in both changing rooms are switched off. Ensure all kit is removed from changing rooms.
- Ensure all windows are closed and secured and all doors locked – return keys
- Pay and thank tea caterer.
- Complete result sheet and ensure that it is posted promptly.
- Complete scoresheet on play-cricket promptly. Please try and include a brief match report / description.