The MCC Laws of Cricket (1980) Code and the Experimental Laws
framed by the BCCI for the year 1996-97 except as varied herein shall
The matches shall be of three days duration with six hours of play
on each day.
Hours of play:
09.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon First Session
12.00 p.m. to 12.40 p.m. Lunch
12.40 p.m. to 02.40 p.m. Second Session
02.40 p.m. to 03.00 p.m. Tea
03.00 p.m. to 04.30 p.m. Third Session
All matches will be played with first innings restricted to 90
overs and the second innings restricted to 40 overs.
Fitness of ground, weather and light
In case of rain the outfield and the pitch may be drained and
dried to permit early resumption of play. Umpires shall be sole judges
of the fitness of ground, weather and light conditions and their
decision shall be final.
No appeal shall be upheld by the umpires against the shadow of
the stadium, building or tree falling on the pitch.
Matches may be played on turf or matting wickets. Players are
requested to avoid using boots with turf nails while playing on
Delayed start/interruption/completion of overs
If the start is delayed or if there is interruption due to
ground, weather or light conditions, play shall be extended for a
maximum period of one hour beyond the scheduled close of play provided
the light is fit for play. In the matches where play has commenced on
time, and the team fielding has not completed the allotted number of
overs, play shall be extended for a maximum period of one hour beyond
the scheduled close of play to enable them to complete the overs.
However on the first and second day if an innings ends or if
there is a declaration within the scheduled hours of play, there shall
be no extension of play.
On the last day play shall be extended till a result is achieved
or the required number of overs have been bowled provided that the
light is fit for play.
Two drink breaks in the first session and one each in the second
and last session are permitted.
Drinks shall not be taken unless the game has been in progress
for one hour or within 15 minutes before the next interval or close of
In order the prevent negative bowling wide off the wicket any
delivery which in the opinion of the umpire does not give the batsman
a reasonable opportunity to score shall be called a wide.
The fielding side shall bowl at the rate of 15 overs per hour.
Time lost due to stretching and renailing the mat, play
stopping on account of bad light or rain or in exceptional
circumstances, as the case may be, shall be noted and deducted from
the total time of the innings for the purpose of arriving at the over
In addition, 2 minute for every wicket taken shall be deducted
from the total time of the innings for the purpose of arriving at the
Penalty for the number of overs bowled short will be -
twice the run rate obtained by the batting side x overs bowled
short = penalty runs.
the same will be added to the runs of the batting side at the
end of each innings.
at the end of penalty runs calculated, the fraction, if any, is
to be ignored.
fractions in all calculations regarding the number of overs are
to be ignored.
There shall not be more than five fieldsmen on the onside at
the instant of delivery throughtout the match and not more than two
behind the popping crease.
In the event of infringement, either umpire shall call and
signal "No ball".
In the event of two innings by each side is not completed, the
result will be decided on first innings score.
Even if one innings is not completed by each team, the result will
be decided by spin of coin in the presence of umpires at the end of
If a match ends in a TIE or ends in a TIE on first innings score,
when the match is not fully played out, the result will be decided by
the spin of the coin in the presence of umpires at the end of the
If a match is abandoned without a ball being bowled, the result
will be decided by the spin of coin.
If the match is abandoned or called off or ends in a tie or ends in a
tie on first innings score both teams will be declared as the joint
The whole pitch including the bowlers run up to 10 feet at both ends
shall be covered.
The night before the match and if necessary until the first ball
is bowled and whenever necessary and possible at any time prior to
that during the preparation of the pitch.
Within a period of one hour after the termination of each day's
In the event of play being suspended due to bad light or rain
during the specific hours of play.
The covers should be removed before 08:00 a.m on each morning of
the match provided it is not raining at that time, but should be
replaced if it rains.
Mode of delivery
No bowler shall deliver the ball under-arm.
The bowling of fast short pitched balls
Not more than two fast short pitched deliveries per over shall be
A fast short pitched delivery is defined as a ball which passes
or would have passed above the shoulder height of the striker standing
upright at the crease.
In the event of a bowler bowling more than two fast short pitched
deliveries in an over, either umpire shall call and signal "No Ball"
on each occasion.
The penalty for a fast short pitched "No Ball" shall be two runs,
plus any runs scored from that delivery.
A differential signal shall be used to signify a fast short
(The umpire shall call and signal "No Ball" and then raise the
other arm across the chest.)
The foregoing Regulation is not a substitute for Law 42.8 (as
amended below) which umpires shall apply at any time.
LAW 42.8 (as amended experimentally)
The bowling of fast short pitched balls is unfair if the Umpire at
the Bowler's end considers that by their repetition and taking into
account their length height and direction, they are likely to inflict
physical injury on the Striker, irrespective of the protective
clothing and equipment he may be wearing. The relative skill of the
Striker shall also be taken into consideration.
In the event of such unfair bowling, the Umpire at the Bowler's
end shall adopt the following procedure:
In the first instance the Umpire shall call and signal "No Ball",
caution the Bowler, inform the other Umpire, the Captain of the
fielding side and the Batsmen of what has happened.
If this caution is ineffective, he shall repeat the above
procedure and indicate to the Bowler that this is a final warning.
Both the above caution and final warning shall continue to apply
even though the Bowler may later change ends.
Should the above warnings prove ineffective the Umpire at the
Bowler's end shall;
At the first repetition call and signal "No Ball" and when the
ball is dead direct the Captain to take the Bowler off forthwith and
to complete the over with another Bowler, provided that the Bowler
does not bowl two overs or part thereof consecutively. See Law 22.7
(Bowler Incapacitated or Suspended during an over).
Not to allow the Bowler, thus taken off, to bowl again in the
Report the occurrence to the Captain of the batting side as
soon as the players leave the field for an interval.
Report the incident to the Executive of the fielding side and
to Hony.Secretary of TNCA who shall take any further action which is
considered to be approprite againts the Bowler concerned.
The bowling of fast high full pitches
Delete Law 42.9 and Law 42 Note (e) and insert the follwing:
"A fast high full pitched ball shall be defined as a ball that
passes, or would have passed, on the full above the waist height
of a batsman standing upright at the crease.
Should a bowler bowl a fast high pitched ball, either Umpire shall
call and signal "No Ball".
In the event of such unfair bowling the Umpire at the bowler's end
shall adopt the procedure of caution, final warning, action against
the bowler and reporting as set out in Law 42.8 of the "Laws of
Contributed by The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.