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Overseas Players

Downloads February 2020

 CCL Statement on Category 3 players   CCL Overseas Statement 2020   word


CCL OS1  Professional Overseas Player Information Form     

Professional Overseas Player Information Form 2020OS1   word

CCL Professional Player Form OS1   pdf


CCL OS2  Amateur Overseas Player Information Form 

CCLOverseasRegistrationFormOS2    word

OverseasOS2   pdf


CCL OS3  Overseas Club Checklist 

CCL OverseasDeclarationForm OS3   word

  OverseasOS3    pdf


Paid Players Log Form March 2019    click   word


Overseas Eligibility Chart Final-Home-Office-Visa-Overview-231117    

CCL  Overseas Definitions Chart OverseasEligibility2018

For advice that might save clubs spending money unneccessarily in trying to obtain visas etc email CCL Overseas Player Administrator Dave Eggins at  m 07740 049324

ECB Statement 8/1/2020

For the 2020 season one small amendment has been made to the Tier 5 ‘Coach Only’ category.

The amendment is on the ECB website under Additional Information – ‘Home Office Overview’, which can be found on the following page:

Click for Tier 5 ‘Coach Only’ amendment

All other rules, published in December 2018, below, remain in place for the forthcoming season. These rules allow some overseas cricketers to be eligible to play for England after living in the country for three years providing they;

Have British citizenship and

  • Have either been born in England/Wales, or have three years’ residence (a total of 210 days/year April-March) and
  • Have not played as a local player in professional, international or domestic cricket in a full member country within the past three years.

Under the previous rules a player would have been ineligible for a longer period; 4 or 7 years.

It is essential for clubs to comply with the published Visa policy and clubs receiving non-EEA migrants must abide by these rules.

The policy is written for all sports. It is not cricket specific.

For ECB Competitions in 2020:

ECB Premier League, ECB National Club Championship and National Club T20 players, without three years residency, having remained for a total of 210 days/year April- March, that entered the UK between April 2018 and March 2019, will remain eligible to play providing they have not played as a local player in professional, international or domestic cricket in a full member country within the past three years.

For the 2021 season Category 3E eligibility, as described above,  will be closed.


If you have any questions on the above, click here to email.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Bedford

National Participation Manager (Leagues and Competitions)


ECB Managed Migration Statement

December 2018 Update

Useful Links

The Home Office Website

ECB Governing Body Endorsement Webpage

Email ECB at

For advice that might save clubs spending money unneccessarily in trying to obtain visas etc email CCL Overseas Player Administrator Dave Eggins at  m 07740 049324

CCL Overseas Players Statement January 2018    click

During the 2016/17 close season the ECB and Home Office  advised changes to the criteria regarding bringing in of Overseas Players to Cricket Leagues, with stricter regulations in place. This page brings together all the information from ECB, the CCL, forms and explanatory documents.

ECB Managed Migration Statement & Q & As    (Dec 2016)      Managed Migration Dec 2016

CCL Statement regarding Overseas Players (Feb 2017)      CCL Statement regarding overseas players


ECB Important Information for Leagues & Clubs in 2017   22 February
We know that understanding visa requirements for overseas players joining your club can be a tricky web to untangle. The difference between ‘professional sportspersons’ and ‘amateurs’ can seem blurred and knowing what you need to do legally, can therefore seem too difficult to bother with.

Unfortunately, we can’t provide you with legal advice directly. However, we’ll continue to do our best to explain your requirements in the simplest way possible. For more information, we recommend you visit the Home Office website or check out some useful links below as well as an FAQ sheet.

Should you have any further queries, please email us at



CCL Statement 20th January 2017
Following more communication from ECB regarding the much stricter regulations on overseas players in leagues, we have to advise that, as we understand it , any overseas player who has at any time in their career played for money (any First Class, any List A, 20/20 cups where money is involved) in their home country are classified as a professional and  will not be allowed to play club cricket in the UK, except as a current professional and with a Tier 5 visa.


The extent of the term ‘professional’ has yet to finally defined, but in order to be rather more safe than sorry, the League must advise that where there is any doubt whatsoever the club holds fire on any expenditure and commitment on any potential agreement with a non-Tier 5 overseas player, no matter what the agent may say. The ECB are saying that they are expecting a final definition on the wording behind ‘professional’  from the Home Office within the next three weeks.

 If any club is found to have engaged such a player without performing themselves (not taking the agent’s word) rigid background checks (cricinfo, google, native country cricket stats) to ensure the player is a legitimate amateur, then the club chairman,  who is deemed in the eyes of HMRC to be ‘the employer’, will be personally liable for the hefty penalties that may be imposed for illegally employing a professional cricketer

The League will be expected to vet applications, although the final responsibility does lie with the individual clubs and chairs of clubs. If we suspect there is any doubt, the player will not get clearance, so clubs henceforth will have to notify the league of their intentions before going ahead and engaging an overseas player. An appeal through the Home Office may be lodged and if successful the LMC will review the application, but we emphasise that we must be seen to apply the regulations strictly. 

The Tier 5 professional by the way will count as both the one overseas and the one paid player allowed per club (rules 14.2 -14.5)