The laws of cricket clearly explain the expectations of how participants will behave on the field, and they also outline sanctions should these expectations not be met.
The below explanation is taken from the MCC Laws of Cricket, which is universally applied across all countries and cultures.
Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game.
Any action, which is seen to abuse this spirit, causes injury to the game itself.
The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains. There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team's conduct firmly on the captain.
Responsibility of captains
The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:
It is against the Spirit of the Game: