14. BOWLER CHANGING DIRECTION/STYLE
rule is simply that any bowler changing style (from overarm to underarm
or vice versa, "over the wicket" to "around the wicket"
or vice versa, or from left to right handed or vice versa) from the
immediately preceeding ball he/she bowled, must inform the umpire and
gain signalled and verbal acknowledgement of the change from the umpire.
That acknowledgement is to also be the vehicle for the umpire informing
the batsmen of the change. It should be added that a bowler does not
have to advise either batsmen or umpire of the style of delivery of
the first ball of any over. The rules below get that message across,
bowler must advise the umpire, and receive verbal and signalled
acknowledgement from the umpire (covered in following rules),
if they intend to change their bowling style (ie. overarm to underarm,
left arm to right arm or vice versa) or sides of the wicket (ie. "over
the wicket" to "around the wicket" or vice versa).
I emphasise the need for the umpire's signalled and verbal acknowledgement,
even though it is covered further below, because so many players seem
to think that the fact they have signalled a change is sufficient.
They must gain the umpire's acknowledgement, otherwise they
have not advised the umpire of the change. This ensures the umpire,
who may have simply not noticed the bowler's signal, can confidently
inform players that until he, the umpire, acknowledges the change,
it is not legal. See below.
umpire must use the correct hand signal to indicate to the bowler
that their change of bowling style has been noticed. The onus is on
the fielding team to ensure that the umpire is aware of the bowling
change - and if they don't, the change of style is to be considered
"not advised", making any subsequent delivery illegal.
AICF version of this rule states "When a bowler changes direction
or style, the change is to both batters unless a difference is advised".
I'm really not sure what this really means, especially when the following
rule is considered. In a nutshell, the umpire advises both batsmen
of the bowler's change. Until there is another change indicated
by the bowler, no further advice is given.
umpire will advise both batsmen of the change.
Ball" will be called if a bowler contravenes this rule.
AICF rules state here "If the batters believe the umpire has
overlooked a change they may appeal for a "No Ball", however
the umpire's decision is final". Hmmmmmmm ..... the easiest way
to avoid such a mistake is as I described in the Umpiring section
.. hang the copyright consequences, I'm going to quote myself -
tip: An umpire should never lose track of which side a
bowler is bowling from, even if you get one of those bowlers who changes
all the time. The trick? When the bowler bowls his first delivery,
mark next to his name on the score-sheet the following - 'L' if left-handed,
'R' if right, and 'O' for over the wicket, 'A' for around (and if
you're in a game where changing from overarm to underarm etc is happening
[as in mixed games for example], you just need to devise another little
notation for yourself to indicate overarm or underarm). Then, whenever
the bowler indicates he is changing side, cross out the note and write
a new one. Believe me, if you are umpiring a bowler who changes side
often, it can become confusing trying to remember which side he bowled
from the previous delivery, and whether he has indicated the change.
The little notes to yourself mean you will never, ever miss this one.
15. BALL LEAVING THE PLAYING AREA
ball that leaves the playing area or lodges in the netting or netting
fixtures (court "door", corner cable or covering conduit)
as a result of being hit by the batsman, will be called "Dead
Ball" by the umpire and will be rebowled. This includes balls
coming off the bat onto the non-striker or fielder/s prior to leaving
the playing area or lodging in the netting etc. No runs are scored,
and the original striker must face the rebowled ball.
ball, when bowled, that leaves the playing area or lodges in
the netting or fixtures (I emphasise this because the AICF
rules don't mention it), without being touched by the batsman, the
bat or the fielding side will be called "Dead Ball" by the
umpire and will be rebowled. Again, the same batsman will face the
ball that leaves the playing area (or lodges etc etc ... see "B"
immediately above) as a result of an attempted run out by a fielder
will be called "Dead Ball" by the umpire. All runs made
off the ball, prior to it leaving the court, will count. At this point,
the AICF's rules state "Batters must have crossed to be eligible
to score a physical run" .... however, at another part of the
AICF's rulebook describing this very situation, the AICF states "The
score (net zone and physical runs) made [my emphasis]
up until when the ball leaves the court will count". I agree
with that statement - I think it should be runs made (i.e. completed)
- but the AICF rules seem to contradict themselves. This is discussed
in a little more detail here.
Under these circumstances the ball will not be rebowled.
16. APPEALS FOR DISMISSALS
umpire will not give a batsman out unless appealed to by at least
one member of the fielding team. An appeal must be made prior to the
next ball being bowled. Traditionally, appeals consist of a fielder
asking the umpire "howzat?" ... or, for those more particular
in the use of English like it's spoke real good, "how is that?".
appeal will cover all possible dismissals - it is not necessary to
ask "howzat for LBW?" or whatever.
umpire of course is the sole arbiter on the outcome of appeals. An
umpire can alter their decision provided it is done promptly - and
explained to the players. By following the umpire's tips and tricks
in the Umpiring section however, this will rarely be necessary.
| Caught | Stumped
| Run Out
LBW | Hit
Wicket | Mankad
| Third Ball
batsman on strike will retain the strike, after being dismissed, unless
the batsmen have crossed prior to the dismissal - except when a batsman
is out "bowled" or LBW - in those two cases, the batsman "out"
will retain the strike even if the batsmen crossed.
A batsman can be given "Out" for any of the following reasons:
If the ball is bowled and the wickets are struck by the ball, including
if the ball comes from the batsman's person or equipment, and at least
one of the bails is completely and permanently dislodged from the
stumps. Note: The base plate of the stumps is considered to be part
of the wickets.
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If a ball, coming from the striker's bat or their hand(s) holding
the bat, is caught before it touches the ground. The striker will
be out "caught" should the ball pass from the bat onto the
striker's body, or vice versa, before being caught.
catch may be taken off all boundary netting except a direct hit
on the full to the 6 net (Zone D). A ball passing from a fielder's
hand or body directly onto the 6 net, on the full, and then caught,
will result in the striker being not out and the bonus runs will
count - because this still constitutes a hit directly to the back
net. The striker will be out "caught" if a ball is hit
into the side netting (Zones B or C) before passing onto the back
net (Zone D) and is caught without touching the ground - as this
is NOT considered a direct hit to the back net. It can be seen
then that the definition of "direct hit" is simply one
that doesn't touch any other scoring-zone net.
a ball hit the non-striker and then be caught before touching
the ground, the striker will be out - because the ball still hasn't
hit the ground..
striker will be given out if the ball is caught after it has come
from their bat or the hand(s) holding the bat and then deflected
onto their protective equipment - goes without saying really.
batsman will NOT be out "caught" if the ball came from
the bottom wire/cable supporting the net.
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& Run Out: According to the AICF rulebook, the difference
between "run out" and "stumped" is that in a "run
out" the batsman is attempting to make a run, whilst in "stumped",
the batsman is stranded out of their crease after playing a shot and
is attempting to regain their batting crease. The reality is that
a batsman who leaves his crease to play a shot will not always try
to get back if he misses the ball, but may clearly not be attempting
a run either. He might just stop and hang (or bang) his head at such
a stupid move. Or the momentum of charging out of his crease may take
him a few steps past the point at which he missed the ball. In both
these circumstances, the AICF rules would have him out "run out".
I'd mark him out "stumped" unless he continued to run to
the other end. But if he stopped and just stood there, he would have
to be out stumped, in my opinion. However, things become a little
more complicated if the ball is a no-ball - you can't be stumped off
a no-ball, but you can be run out. In that case, the rules state that
you aren't out off a no-ball if you are attempting to regain your
crease when you are stumped. In that particular scenario, the "attempting
to regain their batting crease" has to come in, to allow the
umpire to make the distinction between "out" and "not
out" off a no-ball. It is clear the definition of Stumped and
RunOut above is to equate with the no-ball situation. I would go so
far as to make the determining factor whether or not the batsman tried
to complete the run (on a legal delivery he would still be out no
matter what the definition), then add the "attempting to regain
his crease" in the situations involving a no-ball. Too complicated
for some I'm sure, but maybe it's a way around the silly situation
where a batsman is clearly not attempting a run, but is also not busting
a gut trying to regain his crease, and is given out "run out"
instead of "stumped".
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Continuing on from above ... a batsman is stumped when the wicket
keeper legally removes the bail(s) before the striker (who has advanced
down the pitch) is able to get any part of their bat or body grounded
inside their crease. The wicket keeper may use the hand(s), or the
forearm of the hand(s), holding the ball or as a result of the ball
rebounding from the keeper's body onto the stumps.
the wicket keeper attempts to take the ball either in front of,
or from the side of the wickets, with the exception of AFTER the
ball has struck the batter's person or equipment, the umpire will
call "No Ball". This means the 'keeper must take the
ball behind the imaginary line formed by and extending from the
base of the three stumps, until the ball has been struck by (or
has struck) the batsman's person or equipment.
batsman can not be stumped off a No Ball - see "C" above.
striker can be given "Run Out" off a No Ball, by the
wicket keeper, if in the opinion of the umpire the striker did
not make an immediate and deliberate attempt to regain their crease
- as discussed above.
the line is out. This trite little epithet requires explanation
- a part of the batsman's bat or person must be grounded behind
the crease line (at the moment the bails are removed) to be adjudged
not out. If any part of the bat or body-part is not behind the
line, the batsman is out ... so, part of the bat or body-part
on the line but not behind the line is ... out.
a wicket keeper can "Stump" a batsman ... a scenario
the bastman charges way down the pitch as the bowler bowls a very
fast no-ball. The 'keeper takes the ball, the batsman turns and
begins to run back toward the crease so he will be adjudged not
out stumped (as he is trying to "regain his crease").
The 'keeper flicks the ball to the nearest fielder who runs in
and removes the bails before the batsman has regained his crease.
Your verdict? Is your verdict in accordance with every rule above?
Is your verdict fair to the batsman? Let me know.
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batsman is run out when either batsman has left their crease, while
the ball is "live", and the bails are dislodged by the
ball held by or coming directly from a fielder, before any of the
batsman's body parts or equipment is grounded behind the line of
the crease at which end the bails have been removed. Once a batsman
is safely behind the line of the crease they cannot be given out
- which means a batsman who has made his crease may then jump for
joy, jump to avoid being hit by the ball or jump into the net to
break his run and NOT be out if the bails are broken while all his
body parts and bat are in the air and not touching the ground.
fielder is able to "Run Out" a batsman with either their
hand(s) or the forearm of their hand(s) holding the ball, provided
the ball is retained in the hand when they completely remove the
bail(s) from the top of the wickets.
batter can be run out off a No Ball as per the conditions described
in Rule 17C(ii(a)) above.
a batsman is attempting to regain the crease and the bail(s) are
not completely removed until after the batter makes good their crease,
the batsman is not out - which means the ball can strike the wicket
while the batsman is clearly out of his crease, but the bails may
not fall off until well AFTER the batsman is behind the crease.
This happens reasonable frequently, especially where the ball hits
the base-plate or just flicks a stump. Fielders will appeal on
the sound, but the good umpire is looking closely and won't
decide until he sees the bails dislodge.
batsman may be out if the ball breaks the wicket after coming directly
from a net. The AICF rules then go on to state "Conversely,
a batter will be out should the ball, having come from a net, be
touched by a member of the fielding side before breaking the wicket".
In other words, the ball came directly from a member of the fielding
side, so of course it's out. Sheesh.
stumps, when standing, are always live irrespective of the bail(s)
having been removed during play. If the wickets, whilst standing,
have had the bail(s) removed but the ball is "live", the
fielding side need only hit an upright stump again with the ball
or the hand(s) holding the ball to enable an appeal for a run out.
stumps, when standing, must have some part of their base-plate in
the normal position to enable a wicket to be taken. The position
of the base-plate is marked on the court ... so part of the base-plate
should be touching this marking.
the stumps are lying off their base on the ground, the fielding
side must restand the stumps upright with some part of the base
in its normal position. The fielder need only hit an upright stump
with the ball or the hand(s) holding the ball and appeal to enable
a wicket to be taken.
the line is out - see 'Cd' above.
base plate is considered to be part of the stumps - therefore, a
batsman will be adjudged out if the bail(s) are dislodged as a result
of the ball hitting the baseplate
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If the ball hits the striker's body and the striker has made no attempt
to hit the ball, the batter will be adjudged LBW if, in the opinion
of the umpire, the ball would have struck the stumps ... as long as
it was a legal delivery of course.
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Wicket: The striker will be out "Hit Wicket" if their
person or equipment dislodges the bails whilst either playing the
ball or immediately as they set off for the first run after, according
to the AICF rulebook, playing at the ball. The AICF rules are insufficient
here - the batsman doesn't have to had played at the ball.
The batsman can "shoulder arms", deliberately raising his
bat out of the line of the ball and most definitely not "playing
at the ball". If the 'keeper then fumbled the ball and the batsman
took off for a run, the batsman would be out 'hit wicket' if he dislodged
the bails immediately as he set off for that run - in contradiction
to the AICF's definition.
The baseplate of the stumps is considered to be part of the stumps.
A batsman is not out should they break the stumps trying to regain
their crease or complete a run.
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If the bowler completes a delivery action but doesn't release the
ball, then breaks the stumps with the hand holding the ball, the non-striker
will be out "Mankad" if no part of his bat or body is grounded
behind the crease at the moment the stumps are broken. A mankad attempt
does not have to be in one continuous motion but the ball must remain
in the bowler's delivery hand throughout the mankad attempt. The determining
factor is "completes a delivery action".
AICF wants the bowler to have had the ball at the commencement
of the delivery stride. It would be easier to just state
that the bowler has to have been in possession of the ball from
the commencement of the delivery (which as we all know by now
is from the first step in the bowler's run-up).
legitimate mankad dismissal or attempt does not count as part
of the over. In other words, it is not counted as one of the over's
a bowler whilst attempting a mankad, releases the ball during
the delivery action and breaks the stumps at the non-striker's
end, the umpire will call "No Ball, Dead Ball". This
delivery will not count as part of the over either, and incurs
the "No Ball" penalty of 2 runs. And as with all other
Dead Ball situations, the umpire must call "Play Ball"
to re-commence the game.
a bowler makes more than 2 unsuccessful (but otherwise legal)
mankad attempts in any one over, the third unsuccessful
(but otherwise legal) attempt will be called "No Ball, Dead
Ball". The ball will not be counted as part of the over and
2 runs will be credited to the batting team's score.
mankad attempt where the bails are not removed is still considered
an unsuccessful mankad attempt if the bowler, in the opinion of
the umpire, did attempt a mankad, albeit unsuccessful. This rule
takes into account that often a mankad attempt will result in
the bowler actually trying to break the stumps but missing the
lot. I kid you not. It also allows for the fact that most players
will warn the non-striker not to back-up too early by going through
a bowling action but hanging on to the ball - and letting the
non-strker regain his crease without removing the bails. This
'warning' action is not penalised under this rule.
an umpire considers the bowler is wasting time rather than attempting
a legitimate mankad, the bowler may be warned for time wasting
and subsequently penalised 5 runs for misconduct if the action
the mankad attempt is successful, the ball does not count as part
of the over and does not affect the score off the previous or
following delivery. You simply deduct 5 runs off whatever the
score was at that time.
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A batsman can be given out for interference:
either batsman deliberately interferes with the ball whilst it
is in play.
either batsman deliberately obstructs or interferes with any of
the fielding team players, bearing in mind that the fielder
has the right of way provided they are legitimately fielding the
ball. Note: Even if they are running in a "straight line"
between the batting creases, it is the batsmens' responsibility
to avoid fielders. The "fielder has right of way" is
often quoted, usually without the qualifying "provided they
are legitimately fielding the ball".
the ball is struck or stopped by the striker more than once except
to prevent the ball from hitting the stumps. This may only
be done with the bat or body but NOT with the hands (except if
the hands are holding the bat at the time - an important point
Graham Gooch once forgot in a Test Match, to his dismay). No runs
may be scored as a direct result of such action. Any attempt to
do so would constitute interference, and would be given out on
non-striker can not impede the line of delivery (aka the run-up
... or does it mean the actual line of the delivery? Either way,
the rule applies) of a bowler. This will be deemed interference
and the umpire will warn the non-striker to move. Refusal to heed
the warning will result in a 5 run penalty.
Should any player deliberately endanger an opponent, irrespective
of the right of way provisions, they will be dealt with under the
Misconduct Rule. [See Rule 19].
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the score remain unchanged after two deliveries of the one batting
partnership, the umpire will call "Third Ball". This
call must be made prior to the commencement of the next delivery.
Should the score be advanced in any way, or a dismissal occurs
(including a Mankad), the Third Ball count will restart from the
commencement of the next delivery.
the event an umpire fails to call "Third Ball", it will
be the responsibility of the captain of the fielding side to clarify
the situation prior to the commencement of the next delivery.
Should both the umpire and the fielding team fail to recognise
the Third Ball call, the following ball (ie the fourth ball) will
then be called Third Ball if the score did not change from the
delivery just completed.
of when they occur in a batting partnership (of four overs), if
two consecutive deliveries are scoreless, the Third Ball rule
will apply to the next delivery. However, the Third Ball rule
will not carry over from one batting partnership to the next.
a call of "Third Ball", once the ball is bowled and
the non-striker leaves their crease, unless a legside, wide or
a no-ball is bowled, or the striker is dismissed, the non-striker
must continue to the batter's crease. Note: The non-striker is
not required to run at the instant that the ball is released by
the bowler, and the above only applies once the non-striker leaves
the non-striker stops and/or attempts to return to their original
crease, the umpire will give the striker out, "Third Ball".
the non-striker makes no clear attempt to make a physical run,
the umpire will give the striker "Out, Third Ball".
How long they wait is not stipulated, but it is not unreasonable
to expect the non-striker to begin their run once the batsman
has struck (or struck at) the ball.
once leaving their crease, the non-striker does not hesitate and
completes a physical run, the onus will be on the fielding team
to affect a Run Out of either batsman.
1. Once the "Out, Third Ball" dismissal is given,
the ball is dead.
2. The "Out, Third Ball" dismissal is recorded
against the striker - which is a bit stiff if for example the non-striker
starts running then stops, resulting in the "Out, Third Ball"
3. A striker can not be given out on a "Third Ball"
dismissal if the umpire does not call "Third Ball" prior
to the delivery.
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