unfair play



  • noun any behaviour that contravenes the ‘spirit of the game’, including: obstruction of the batsman in running, sledging, time wasting, persistent bowling of bouncers or beamers, deliberate damage to the pitch or ball, and failure to accept the decisions of the umpire. The clause in the Laws that makes the umpires the ‘sole judges of all fair or unfair play’ has survived intact from the original (1744) code, and the modern code assembles all the various offences against fair play under the heading ‘Fair and Unfair Play’ (Law 42).