Team Captain’s Job Description
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
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.
1. Ensure all selected players are aware as early as
possible where they are playing and when you expect them to be there.
2. Ensure that you have telephone numbers for players,
opponents and umpires with you.
3. Ensure you have result sheets, scorebook, match balls and
4. Ensure in advance that stumps, bails, bowler’s markers,
fielding markers, and boundary markers are present.
5. Open changing rooms in good time.
6. Ensure that first aid kit is present.
7. Remove covers, position sightscreens, put out stumps and
field markers, scoreboard, table and chairs for scorers / open scorebox.
8. Greet opposing captain and team and umpires on their
arrival and explain changing & tea arrangements.
9. Ensure separate tea portions and table is prepared for
umpires/scorers where applicable
10. Delegate scorers/umpires in advance as necessary.
11. Make arrangements for provision of drinks during both
12. Collect and document match fees.
13. Ascertain and document player availability for next
14. Ensure your players allow visitors to get their teas
1. Ensure that all players thank opponents, umpires and
2. 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.
3. Retrieve any keys given to umpires.
4. Arrange for the covers to protect next game square.
5. Remove any litter, bottles, glasses etc. from pitch
surroundings. Return all glasses to bar.
6. Remove all litter, food, bottles, glasses etc. from home
and away changing rooms. Return glasses to bar.
7. Sweep out home and away changing rooms. Ensure all
lights, showers, heaters, taps etc. in all changing rooms are switched off.
Ensure all kit is removed from changing rooms.
8. Ensure all windows are closed and secured and all doors
9. Pay and thank tea caterer.
10. Complete result sheet and ensure that it is posted
11. Ensure that match reports, results and
sporting awards are communicated to league representatives by 10pm on the day
of the match.