Level 1 offence
- noun an offence against the spirit or Laws of the game, as defined in Rule CC 5.1 in the ICC’s Code of Conduct. The Code outlines (in considerable detail) four categories of transgression, ranging from the fairly minor Level 1 to the career-threatening Level 4. Level 1 offences include showing dissent at an umpire’s decision or ‘sending off’ a batsman who has been dismissed (see send off), and can result in a forfeit of up to 50 per cent of the player’s match fee. Racist comments are covered by the much more serious Level 3, while Level 4 offences (which include ‘serious’ racist abuse and acts of violence against officials or other players) can in extreme cases incur a lifetime ban.