SPECIAL RULES

1. Wide

  • Leg side: Any ball passing down the leg side, behind the batsman's legs, is considered a wide.

  • If the ball touches any part of the batsman, including the batting gear, it would not be considered a wide.

  • Off side: Any ball 2.5 feet away from the off stump when the batsman is in normal stance is considered a
    wide. This is to be judged on the basis of when the ball passes the batsman. If the batsman's movement
    from normal stance causes the ball to be wide, it would not be considered wide.

2. No Ball

  • If any ball, after pitching, goes over the shoulder line of a batsman in normal stance it is considered a no ball.

  • There are no bouncers allowed. 1 bouncer is a warning, 2nd bouncer, the bowler will not be allowed to bowl for the rest of the innings.

  • Any full toss over the waistline of a batsman in normal stance is considered a no ball. Any bowler who violates this twice in an innings will not be allowed to bowl for the rest of the innings.

  • The bowler's front foot must land with some part of the foot, whether grounded or raised behind the popping crease. If not, then it is considered a no ball.

  • The bowlers back foot must be within and should not be touching the side crease (return crease). If not, then it is considered a no ball.

  • If the first bounce of the ball is off the mat, this is a no ball.

  • In addition to the above, the delivery following a No ball called (all modes of No ball) shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. If the delivery for the free hit is not a legitimate delivery (any kind of No ball or a Wide) then the next delivery will become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. For any free hit, the striker can be dismissed only under the circumstances that apply for a No ball, even if the delivery for the free hit is called Wide.

3. LBW (Leg Before Wicket)

  • If the ball pitches outside the leg stump it is not out. This is irrespective of the bowler bowling over the
    wicket or around, pace or spin, left or right arm, or the batsman playing on front or back foot.

  • If the ball pitches outside the off stump and comes back in it has to hit the batsman in-line with the stumps
    to be considered out.If the impact is outside the off-stump then it is not out, even if the ball is either
    turning or moving off the seam towards the stumps.

  • If the ball is pitching anywhere else, the key determinant is, would the ball have undoubtedly hit the
    stumps? Factors affecting that decision are angle of delivery, height, rise or dip etc.

  • Since the decision for LBW is like a death sentence for the day as far as the batsman is concerned,it must
    be beyond any shadow of a doubt. If the umpire is 99.999999% sure and only .000001% not sure, by
    definition, the batsman should be declared not out.

4. Lost Ball

  • 6 runs will be awarded for a lost ball unless more have been run by the time the ball is called lost.

5. Dead ball

  • The ball is dead when it finally rests in the hands of the Wicket Keeper.

  • If the Wicket Keeper tries to run the batsman out instead of giving the ball to the bowler via or straight
    through other fielders, the ball is live.

  • The ball is live once the bowler starts his run up.

  • If a ball pitches more than once before passing the batting crease, it will be consider
    that rolls along is considered to have pitched more than once.

6. Bowler attempting to run out the Non-striker

  • Bowler can only run out a non-striker before entering the delivery stride.

  • If the non-striker is out of the crease, he’s out. If the result is a misfield/overthrow, any resulting runs will be allowed.

7. Timed out

  • If the incoming batsman fails to enter the boundary before the outgoing batsman has crossed the
    boundary, hell be given out on appeal.

  • Outgoing batsman is not allowed to hang around in side the boundary, allowing incoming batsman to get
    ready. This will also be a ground for incoming batsman's dismissal on an appeal. Umpire may use his
    judgment to accept or decline the appeal.

  • The incoming batsman must be adequately ready to play in the opinion of the Umpire. Throwing the pads
    over the boundary and then getting dressed is not allowed.

8. Obstructing the field

  • If by action or words, the batsman or non-striker obstructs the fielder from making a fair catch or run out,
    the umpire must decide if the obstruction was willful or happenstance. If willful, upon appeal, the batsman
    would be given out.

9. Dimensions

  • The boundary cannot be more than 70 yards from the middle stump. The boundary circle is set by
    measuring a radius from the middle stump. This is a semi circle that starts from the line of the off stump
    and ends in line of the leg stump. Repeat the same at the other end of the pitch and then connect the two
    semi circles.

  • The 30 yard circle is set by measuring a radius of 30 yards from the middle stump. This is a semi circle that
    starts from the line of the off stump and ends in line of the leg stump. Repeat the same at the other end
    of the pitch and then connect the two semi circles along the pitch.

  • The distance between the two set of stumps has to be 22 yards.

  • The popping crease has to be 4 feet from the middle stump along the pitch.

  • The side/return crease has to be 4 feet and 4 inches from the middle stump on either side. This line should not be reduced and drawn on the matting if the width of the matting is less than 8 feet and 8 inches.

  • The markings for the wide ball should be drawn on the popping crease, 2.5 feet from the outer stumps on either side.