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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 an injured batsman. 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:

  • Wear 2 gloves and carry a bat;
  • 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 'disabled batsman' 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 'disabled batsman' 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 disabled batter 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.

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