RULE 1. - FIELDING A TEAM
RULE 2. - THE GAME
RULE 3. - UNIFORMS
RULE 4. - THE TOSS
RULE 5. - PLAYING EQUIPMENT
RULE 6. - THE UMPIRE
RULE 7. - ARRIVAL/LATE PLAYER(S)
RULE 8. - PLAYER SHORT / SUBSTITUTES / INJURED PLAYERS
RULE 9. - FIELD PLACEMENT.
RULE 10. - PLAY BALL/LIVE BALL/DEAD BALL.
RULE 11. - SCORING.
RULE 12. - NO BALL.
RULE 13. - WIDE AND LEG SIDE WIDE BALLS.
RULE 14. - BOWLER CHANGING DIRECTION/STYLE.
RULE 15. - BALL LEAVING THE PLAYING AREA.
RULE 16. - APPEALS FOR DISMISSALS.
RULE 17. - DISMISSALS.
RULE 18. - INTERFERENCE.
RULE 19. - MISCONDUCT.
RULE 20. - ORDER OFF.
RULE 21. - ILLEGAL COURT ENTRY/EXIT.
RULE 22. - RUNNERS.
RULE 23. - END OF GAME.
RULE 24. - MIXED GAMES.
SECTION 2 - AICF STANDARDS
SECTION 3 - MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES
2. LATE STARTS.
3. PREMIERSHIP AND BONUS POINTS.
4. LADDER POSITION.
5. FINALS QUALIFICATIONS.
6. DRAWN FINAL.
SECTION 4 - VARIATIONS.
SECTION 5 - UMPIRE SIGNALS.
No, we're not for one second implying there's a link between pitch invasions and people with a disability. There isn't. Pitch invasions are generally unacceptable, whereas "runners" for people with a disability are most definitely acceptable.
RULE 21. ILLEGAL COURT ENTRY/EXIT
Illegal Court Entry
Any player, says the AICF rules, other than the 2 batters and the 8 fielders on court, who enters the court during a game without permission being given from an umpire, can be ordered off and refused further participation in the game. Well, for a start, this rule should read "other than the batters and fielders on the court" (there may legitimately be less than 8 fielders on the court).
The AICF rules go on to say "they may be subject to further disciplinary action by the duty manager or tournament organiser if there is additional misconduct." This rule is to help prevent the situation where something happens on court and players from the batting side rush in to the court to get physically involved. It doesn't happen a lot, and in the cases where I've seen it happen, the "invading" players were so pissed-off with whatever it was that had happened on court, the existence or otherwise of this rule flicked into insignificance. But at least it allows for them to be penalised for doing so. . . .
The AICF rules then go on to say that the least common of senses, commonsense, should be applied in some circumstances. The example given is when a player is injured and requires immediate attention. This does not however entitle the assisting player/s to say or do anything intimidatory (sic) towards the opposition.
Illegal Court Exit
Any player who leaves the court during a game must request permission from the umpire and provide a legitimate reason before being allowed to leave. Any player leaving the court without permission will be refused any further participation in the game. Note: If sufficient players violate this rule, the game may be forfeited.
RULE 22. RUNNERS
The "runner" referred to here is someone who does the physical running for a batsman with a disability. Under certain circumstances such a "runner" is allowed in Test cricket, and under certain circumstances, in Indoor cricket also, as follows:
Runners are only permitted for persons with a permanent disability, and only with the consent and at the discretion of the duty manager or tournament organiser. The opposing Captain should also be informed prior to the game.
Where a runner has been permitted, they must:
a) Wear 2 gloves and carry a bat;
b) Stand behind the batting crease and not begin a run (i.e. leave the batting crease) until the striker has either played at the ball or the ball has passed the batting crease. If this rule is infringed, no runs will be scored and the batter will be penalised 5 runs for unfair play. This violation is not subject to the order off rule [Rule 20]. The AICF rule is unclear here on what it means by "stand behind the batting crease". Using the definition as it applies to all other situations, this could mean the runner having part of his body or equipment (most likely his bat) grounded behind the batting crease. Some may see this as advantaging the runner, but any other condition would be inconsistent with all other rules concerned with whether a batsman was "in" or "out" of his crease.
When the batsman with a disability is not on strike, they will still be at the striker's end. At that point they should, where possible, stand near Zone A to the leg side of the facing batsman. If the ball is struck toward them, they must make a reasonable effort to move away from the ball and/or involved fielders.
When the batsman with a disability is facing the bowler, once they have struck (or attempted to strike) the ball they again must make a reasonable effort to get out of the line of play of the fielders.
The batsman with a disability will be given out "Stumped" or "Run Out" if either they or their runner are out of their crease and the other conditions of the Stumped or Run Out rule are met.