1. Laws of Cricket
Except as varied hereunder the Laws of Cricket (2000 Code), ICC Code
of Conduct and Standard Play-mg Conditions and Other Regulations (September
2001) shall apply-
2. Hours of Play, Intervals and Minimum Overs in the Day
2.1 Start and Cessation Times: There will be 6 hours and 15 minutes play
per day: Hours of Play
10.00 am to 12.15 pm (Play)
12.15 pm to 12.55 pm (Lunch)
12.55 pm to 2.55 pm (Play)
2.55 pm to 3.15 pm (Tea)
3.15 pm to 5.15 pm (Play)
Minimum Overs in the Day.
(a) Play shall continue on each day until the completion of a minimum
number of overs or until the scheduled or re-sr-heduled cessation time,
which ever is the later.
The minimum number of overs to be completed, unless an innings ends or
an interruption occurs, shall be:
(i) on days other than the last day - a minimum of 100 overs (or
um of 16 overs per hour).
(ii) on the last day - a minimum of 84 overs (or a minimum of 16 overs
per hour) for playing time other than the last hour when Clause (e) below
(iii) Additional Hour: Subject to weather and light, except in the last
hour of the match, 'in'the event of play being suspended for any reason
other than normal intervals, the playing time on that day shall be extended
by the amount of time lost up to a maximum of one hour. In these circumstances,
the minimum number of overs to be bowled shall be in accordance with the
provisions of this clause. i.e. a minimum of 16 overs per hour and the
cessation time shall be rescheduled accordingly.
(iv) If play has been suspended for 30 minutes or more prior to the commencement
of the scheduled or rescheduled tea interval, the tea interval shall be
delayed for half an hour.
(v) If any time is lost and cannot be made up under (iii) above, additional
time of up to a maximum of 1 hour per day shall be added to the scheduled
playing hours for the next day, and subsequent day(s) as required (to
make up as much lost time as possible). However, there cannot be more
than 7 hours and 15 minutes scheduled play in a day.
This additional time shall be added at the end of the days play and the
timings of lunch and tea intervals will be adjusted to provide a maximum
schedule session not to exceed two and a half hours,
When additional time is added to subsequent day(s), no scheduled days
play shall exceed 7 hours and 15 minutes. The length of each session of
play is subject to the provisions of Law 15.
Under Law 15.5 timings can.be altered at any time on any day if playing
time is lost, not necessarily on that day. The Captains, Umpires and the
Referee can agree different timings under those circumstances before play
starts on any day.
(b) When an innings ends, a minimum number of overs shall be bowled from
the start of the new innings. The number of overs to be bowled shall be
calculated at the rate of one over for each full 3 minutes and 45 seconds
to enable a minimum of 100 overs to be bowled in a day. The last hour
of the match shall be excluded from this calculation when Clause (e) shall
Where a change of innings occurs during a day's play, in the event of
the team bowling second being unable to complete its overs by the scheduled
cessation time, play shall continue until the required number of overs
have been completed.
Where there is a change of innings during a day's play (except at lunch
or tea or when play is suspended due to unfit ground, weather or light
conditions or for exceptional circumstances), 2 ovets will be deducted
from the minimum number of overs to be bowled.
(c) Except in the last hour of the match, for which Clause (e) makes
provision, ff play is suspended due to adverse weather or fight for more
than one hour in aggregate on any day, the minimum number of overs shall
be reduced by one over for each full 3 minutes 45 seconds of the aggregate
playing time lost.
(d) On the last day, if any of the minimum of 84 overs, or as recalculated,
have not been bowled when one hour of scheduled playing time remains,
the last hour of the match for the purpose of Clause (e) shall be the
hour immediately following the completion of those overs.
(e) law 16.6,16.7 and 16.8 will apply except that a minimum of 16 overs
shall be bowled in the last hour and all calculations with regard to suspensions
of play or the start of a new innings shall be based on one over for each
full 3 minutes and 45 seconds (refer (i) below). However, in 3 or 4 day
matches at any time after 30 minutes of the last hour have elapsed, both
Captains (the batsmen at the wicket may act for their Captain) accept
that there is no prospect of a result to the match, they may agree to
cease play at that time.
Not with standing any other provision, there shall be no further play
on any day, other than the last day, if a wicket falls or a batsman retires
or ff the players have occasion to leave the field during the last minimum
over within 2 minutes of the scheduled or re-scheduled cessation time
(g) An over completed on resumption of a new day's play shall be disregarded
in calculating minimum overs for that day.
(h) Except on the final day, if in. the event of ground, weather or light
conditions causing a suspension of play and/or if the players are already
off the field at the re-scheduled cessation time or any time thereafter,
stumps shall be drawn.
(i) Fractions are to be ignored in all calculations re. the number of
overs except where there is a change of innings in a day's play, when
the over in progress at the conclusion shall be rounded up.
The Scoreboard shall show:
- the total number of overs bowled with the ball currently in use: and
- the minimum number of overs remaining to be bowled in a day.
(k) Penalties shall apply for slow over-rates as per tournament rules.
2.2 Extra Time
In 3 or 4 day matches.- The Umpires may decide to play 30 minutes ( a
um of eight overs) extra time at the end of any day (other than the last
day) if requested by either captain if, in the Umpires opinion, it would
bring about a definite result on that day (this is in addition to the
maximum one hour's extra time provided for in 2.1 (a) (iii) above). If
the Umpires do not believe a result can be achieved, no extra time shall
ff it is decided to play such extra time on one or more of these days,
the whole period shall be played out even though the possibility of finishing
the match may have disappeared before the full period has expired.
Only the actual amount of playing time up to the maximum 30 minutes extra
time by which play Ls extended on any day shall be deducted from the total
number of hours of play re & and the match shall end earlier on the
final day by the amount of time by which play was previously extended
under this clause.
2.3 Luncheon Interval - Lunch Interval shall be of 40 minutes & duration
from 12.15 pm to 12.55 pm or at the conclusion of the over in progress
at-the agreed time for the luncheon interval. Where an innings concludes,
or there is a break in play within 10 minutes of the scheduled or rescheduled
interval, the interval will commence at that time and be limited to 40
2.4 Tea Interval
The Tea Interval shall be of 20 minutes' duration from 2.55 pm to 3.15
pm. or at the conclusion of the over in progress at the agreed time for
the tea interval subject to provisions of Law 15
Law 15.8 shall be replaced by the following-
ff at the scheduled time for the tea interval, the ninth wicket of the
innings in progress is already down, or it falls at, or after that time,
or falls when less than two minutes remain before that time, play will
continue for a period 'of 30 minutes unless the players have course to
leave the field of play, or the innings is concluded earlier.
2.5 Intervals for Drinks - The provisions of Law 15.9 shall be
strictly observed except that under conditions of extreme heat, the umpires
may permit extra intervals for drinks.
An individual player may be given a drink either on the boundary edge
or at the fall of a wicket, on the field, provided that no playing time
is wasted. No other drinks shall be taken onto the field without the permission
of the umpires. Any player taking drinks onto the field shall be dressed
in proper cricket attire.
2.6 Time keeping - A dock on the ground shall be used to regulate
the hours of play and intervals. The umpires must notify the Ground Authority
which clock is to be followed, so that the spectators and representatives
of the media may be informed. If the clock on the ground is out of order,
the watches of the Umpires shall determine the time.
2.7 Ringing of Bell -
Wherever provided, the bell will be rung 5 minutes before the actual start
/restart of play, when the umpires shall go to the wickets.
3. Law 1.3 Captain
T'he following shall apply in addition to Law 1.3 (a) T'he deputy must
be one of the nominated players.
4. Appointment of Umpires
4.1 (a) The Umpires Committee of the BCCSL shall appoint umpires to officiate and control the game.
(b) As far as possible the names of the umpires appointed for each match
shall be notified before hand by the Umpires Committee
(c) Neither team and /or any official shall have the right of objection
to an umpire's appointment
4.2 Attendance of Umpires
In place of Law 3.1 the following shall apply:
T'he umpires should be present on the ground and report to the Ground
Executive or the equivalent at least 1 hour before the start of a day's
Law 2.5 Fielder absent or leaving the field Law 2.5 shall apply as modified.
If fielder fails to take the field with his side at the start of the match
or at any later time, or leaves the field during a session of play, the
umpire shall be informed of the reason for his absence, and he shall not
thereafter come on to the field during a session of play without the consent
of the umpire. (See Law 2.6 as modified). The umpire shall give such consent
as soon as practicable. ff the player is absent from the field for longer
than 8 minutes:
(i) The player shall not be permitted to bowl in that innings after his
until he has been on the field for at least that length of playing time
for which he was absent. In the event of a follow-on, this restriction
win, if necessary, continue into the second innings.
(ii) The player shall not be permitted to bat unless or until, in the
has returned to the field and/or his side's innings has been in progress
for at least that length of playing time for which he has been absent
or, if earlier, when his side has lost five wickets.
The restriction in (i) and (ii) above shall not apply if the player has
suffered an external blow (as opposed to an internal injury such as a
pulled muscle) whilst participating earlier m the match and consequently
been forced to leave the field. Nor shall it apply ff the player has been
absent for very exceptional and wholly acceptable reasons (other than
injury or illness)
In the event of a fieldsman already being off the field at the commencement
of an interruption in play through ground, weather or light conditions,
he shall be allowed to count any such stoppage time as playing time, provided
that he personally informs the umpires when he is fit enough to take the
field had play been in progress.
6. Law 3.8 and Law 3.9 - Fitness of Ground, Weather and Light
Add the following to Law 3.8:
If conditions during a rain stoppage improve and the rain is reduced
to drizzle, the umpires must consider ff they would have suspended play
in the first place under similar conditions. If both on-field umpires
agree that the current drizzle would not have caused a stoppage, then
play shall resume immediately. In these circumstances the provisions of
Laws 3.9 (b) (i) and 3.9 (c) (i) shall not apply.
The Umpires shall disregard any shadow on the pitch from the stadium
or from any permanent object on the ground.
If a shadow from the fielder falls across the strikers half the pitch,
the fielder must remain stationary from the time the bowler commences
his run up until the striker has received the ball. In the event of a
fielder moving before the striker receives the ball, the umpire shall
call and signal 'dead ball' ff he considers the striker has been disadvantaged
by the action.
7. Law 5 - The Ball
7.1 First class quality balls meeting the requirements of Law 5.1 approved
by the BCCSL shall be used in all matches. The use of two-piece balls
shall not be permitted.
7.2 New Ball - The Captain of the fielding side shall have the choice
of taking a new ball anytime after 80 overs have been bowled with the
previous ball. The umpires hall indicate to the batsman and the scorers
whenever a new ball is taken into play
* * For matting Wickets - a new ball can be claimed after 65 overs.
7.3 The Umpires shall retain possession of the match ball(s) throughout
the duration of the match when play is not actually taking place. During
play, umpires shall periodically and irregularly inspect the condition
of the ball and shall retain possession of it at the fall of a wicket,
a drinks interval, or any other disruption in play.
7.4 Law 5.5 - Ball Lost or Becoming Unfit for Play
The following shall apply in addition to Law 5.5
However, if the ball needs to be replaced after 110 overs for any of
the reasons above, it shall be replaced by a new ball If the ball is to
be replaced, the umpire shall inform the batsmen.
8. Law 6 - The Bat
Add the following sentence to Low 6.1:
The blade of the bat shall have a conventional 'flare face.
9. Law 7 - The Pitch
In addition to Law 7.3, the following will apply:
Captain, Umpires, the Referee and Grounds men should co-operate to ensure
that, prior to the start of any day's play, no one bounces a ball on the
pitch or strikes it with a bat to assess its condition or for any other
reason, or causes damage to the pitch in any other way.
Prior to the start of play on any day, only the Captain and team Coach
may walk on the pitch to assess its condition Spiked footwear is not permitted.
10. Law 9.3 - The Popping Crease
Law 9.3 shall apply, except that the reference to "a minimum of
6 ft' shall be replaced by 'a minimum of 15 yards".
11. Law 10 - Rolling, Sweeping, Mowing, Watering the Pitch
11.1 Law 10.1 will apply but add the following sentence to the first
In addition the Umpires are empowered to authorize the Grounds man to
roll, sweep and otherwise treat the pitch by such manner and means which
they, bearing in mind the advice of the Grounds man, consider win return
the state of
the pitch as near as possible to that pertaining when the choice of innings
11.2 Law 10.3 (b) Mowing of the outfield
Subject to availability of facilities, the outfield shall be mown daily
before play begins.
11.3 Law 10.4 In place of Law 10.4 the following shall apply:
(a) The Pitch, Turf or matting, shall not be watered. Addition of sand
on to a matting pitch is prohibited. However with respect to matting pitches,
water may be used with care for the sole purpose of driving the nails
holding the matting and fixing stumps.
(b) If either side is of opinion the matting pitch has been watered,
matter shall be referred to the Umpires, whose decision as to whether
the pitch is fit for play, when play shall commence, etc. shall be final.
11.4 10.6 Maintenance of Foot Holes - Law 10.6 win apply but add:
The umpires shall see that wherever possible and whenever it is considered
necessary, action is taken during all intervals in play to do whatever
is practicable to improve the bowler's foot holes. As soon as possible
after the conclusion of each day's play, bowlers foot holes will be repaired.
12. Law 11 - Covering the Pitch - Before and During a Match
In place of Law 11.2,11.3 and 11.4 the following shall apply:
In all matches, the pitch shall be entirely protected against rain up
to the commencement of play and for the duration of the period of the
It shall be wholly covered at the termination of each day's play or providing
the weather is fine, within a period of two hours thereafter.
The covers shall be removed no earlier than 5.00 a.m. and no later than
7.00 a.m. on each morning of the match, provided it is not raining at
the time, but they will be replaced if rain falls prior to the commencement
Note : the covers must totally protect the pitch and also the pitch surroundings,
a minimum 5 metres either side of the pitch and any worn or soft areas
in the outfield, as well as the bowlers run-ups to a distance of at least
10 x 10 metres.
Attention is drawn to Clause 7
13. Drying of Pitch and Ground
(a) Prior to tossing for choice of innings, the artificial drying of
the pitch and outfield shall be at the discretion of the Grounds man.
Thereafter and through out the match the drying of the outfield may be
undertaken at any time by the Grounds man, but the drying of the affected
area of the pitch shall be carried out only on the instructions and under
the supervision of the umpires. The umpires shall be empowered to have
the pitch dried without reference to the Captains at any time they are
of the opinion that it is unfit for play.
(b) The umpires may instruct the Grounds man to use any available equipment,
including any roller for the purpose of drying the pitch and making it
fit for play.
Note - an absorbent roller may be used to remove water from the covers
including the cover on the match pitch.
14 Law 12 - Innings
Law 12.1 (a) shall apply as modified:
(a) A match shall be two innings per side subject to the provisions of
Law 13.1 Law 12.1 (b) and 12.3 (e) shall not apply.
15. Law 13 - The Follow On
Add the following to Law 13.1:
ff the provision of clause 3.1 (a) (v) is applied the additional time
is regarded as part of that day's play for the purpose of Law 13.3, i.e.
it is the number of day's remaining and not the total number of hours
16. Law 14 -Declaration
16.1 Law 14.1 Shall be replaced with the following
No team (Captain) shall declare their first innings before the completion
of 25 overs of batting or beating the opponents lst innings total.
16.2 Any apparent misuse of this condition to conclude a match outright,
will result in the forfeiture of all point of both teams and application
of rule (30) of the constitution of the BCCSL.
17. Law 19 -Boundaries
Law 19 shall apply with the following additions:
if an unauthorised person enters the playing arena and handles the ball,
the umpire at the bowler's end shall be the sole judge of whether the
boundary allowance should be scored or the ball be treated as still in
play or called dead ball if a batsmen is liable to be out as a result
of the unauthorised person handling the ball. See Law 19.1 (c).
Sight screens shall be provided at both ends of all grounds.
18. Law 21 - The Result
Law 21 shall apply with the following:
Any query on the result of the match a defined in Law 21.1, 21.3, 21.4,
21.5, 21.8 and 21.10 shall be resolved as soon as possible and a final
decision made by the umpires at close of play.
19 Law 24 - No Ball
Law 24.1 (b) shall be replaced by the following:
The bowler may not deliver the ball underarm. If a bowler bowls a ball
underarm the umpire shall call and signal No ball, and the ball is to
be re-bowled overarm,
20 Law 25.1 - Judging a Wide
Law 25.1 will apply, but in addition:
For bowlers attempting to utilize the rough outside a batsman's leg stump,
not necessarily as a negative tactic, the strict limited over wide interpretation
shall be applied.
For bowlers whom umpires consider to be bowling down the leg side as
a negative tactic, the strict limited over wide interpretation shall be
21. Law 32 -Caught
Add the following to Law 32.1:
The striker is out under this Law if the ball is deflected from his bat
onto the helmet he is wearing and a fair catch is taken. Runs may be scored
off deflections from the helmet worn by the striker or a fielder.
The following will apply to the batsman:
A batsman may call for a helmet to be brought out to him at any time.
He must then wear or carry it personally all the time while play is in
progress, or can have it taken off the field at the fall of a wicket,
or at the end of an over, or at any drinks interval.
In all cases, no actions involving helmets are to waste playing time.
Umpires are not to hold helmets.
23. Law 41 - The Fielder
Law 41 shall apply with the following:
The exchanging of protective equipment between members of the fielding
side on the field shall be permitted provided that the umpires do not
consider that it constitutes a waste of playing time. A batsman may only
change other items of protective equipment (e.g. batting gloves, etc)
provided that there is no waste of playing time.
24 Law 42.3 - The Match Ball - changing its condition
Law 42.3 shall apply, and penalty runs shall be awarded, as defined in
Add in addition to Law 42.3:
In the event that a ball has been interfered with and requires replacement
the batsman at the wicket shall choose the replacement ball from a selection
of six other balls of various degrees of usage (including a new ball)
and of the same brand as the ball in use prior to the contravention.
In addition the umpires shall inform the Captain of the fielding side
the reason for the action
25. Low 42.6 - Dangerous and Unfair' Bowling - The Bowling of Fast
Short Pitched Balls
1. Law 42.6 (a) shall be replaced by the following:
(a) A bowler shall be limited to two fast short-pitched deliveries per
(b) A fast short-pitched ball is defined as a ball that passes or would
have passed above the shoulder height of the Batsman standing upright
at the crease, but not dearly above the batsman's head so that it is so
high it prevents him from being able to hit it with his bat by means of
a normal cricket stroke.
(c) The umpire at the bowlers end shall advise the bowler and the batsman
on strike when each fast short pitched delivery has been bowled.
(d) In addition, for the purpose of this regulation, a ball that passes
dearly above head height of the batsman, other than a fast short-pitched
ball as defined in (b) above, that prevents him from being able to hit
it with his bat by means of a normal cricket stroke shall be a No ball.
2. (a) In the event of a bowler bowling more than two fast short-pitched
deliveries in an over as
defined in (b) above, the umpire at the bowlers end shall call and signal
no ball on each occasion. A differential signal shall be used to signify
a fast short pitched delivery. The umpire shall call and signal "no
ball and then tap the head with the other hand.
(b) ff a bowler delivers a third fast short pitched ban in an over, the
umpire, after the call of no ball and when the ball is dead, shall caution
the bowler, inform the other umpire, the captain of the fielding side
and the batsmen at the wicket of what has occurred. This caution shall
apply throughout the innings.
(c) If there is a second instance of the bowler being no balled in the
innings for bowling more than two fast short pitched deliveries in an
over, the umpire shall advise the bowler that this is his final warning
for the innings.
(d) Should there be any further instance by the same bowler in that innings,
the umpire shall call and signal no ball and when the ball is dead direct
the captain to take the bowler off forthwith. If necessary, the over shall
be completed by another bowler, who shall neither have bowled the previous
over nor be allowed to bowl the next over.
(e) The bowler thus taken off shall not be allowed to bowl again in that
(f) The umpire will report the occurrence to the other umpire, the batsmen
at the wicket and as soon as possible to the captain of the batting side.
(g) The umpires will then report the matter to the Government Body who
shall take such action is
considered appropriate against the captain and the bowler concerned. (Refer
also to Law 42.1
Fair and Unfair Play - Responsibility of the captains.)
The above is not a substitute for Playing Condition 26 below which umpires
are able to apply at any time.
26. Dangerous and -Unfair-bowling
Regardless of any action taken by the umpire as a result of a breach
of clauses 25, 27 or 28 the following shall apply at any time during the
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
In the event of such unfair bowling, the umpire at the Bowler's end shall
adopt the following procedure:
(a) In the first instance the umpire shall call and signal no ball, caution
the Bowler and inform the other umpire, the Captain of the fielding side
and the Batsmen of what has occurred.
(b) If this caution is ineffective, he shall repeat the above procedure
and indicate to the bowler that this is a final warning.
(c) Both the above caution and final warning shall continue to apply
even though the Bowler may later change ends.
(d) Should the above warnings prove ineffective the umpire at the Bowler's
(i) 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
99.8. (Bowler Incapacitated or Suspended during an Over).
(ii) Not allow the Bowler, thus taken off, to bowl again in the same
(iii) Report the occurrence to the Captain of the batting side as soon
as the Players leave the field for an interval.
(iV) Report the occurrence to the Executive of the fielding side and
to the Govenung Body responsible for the match who shall take any further
action which is considered to be appropriate against the Captain and the
Bowler concerned. (Refer also to Law 42.1 Fair and Unfair Play - Responsibility
of the Captains.)
27. Law 42.6 (b) - The Bowling of High Full Pitched Balls
Law 42.6 (b) shall apply as modified:
(a) Any delivery, other than a slow paced one, which passes or would
have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright
at the crease is deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely
to inflict physical injury on the striker.
(b) A slow delivery which passes or would have passed on the full above
height of the
striker standing upright at the crease, is to be deemed dangerous and
unfair, whether it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.
(c) In the event of a bowler bowling a high full pitched ball as defined
in (a) and (b)
(i.e. a beamer), the umpire at the bowler's end shall adopt the following
(d) In the first instance the umpire shall call and signal no ball and
when the ball is
the Bowler and issue a first and final warning. The umpire shall inform
the other umpire, captain of the fielding side and the Batsman of what
(e) At the first repetition call and signal no ball and when the ball
is dead, direct the captain of the fielding side 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.
Not allow the Bowler, thus taken off, to bowl again in the same innings.
(g) At the first opportunity report the occurrence, with the other umpire,
to the captain of the batting side and the Governing Body responsible
for the match who shall take any further action which is considered to
be appropriate against the Captain and the Bowler concerned. (Refer also
to Law 42.1 Fair and Unfair Play Responsibility of the Captains.)
28. Law 42.8 - Deliberate bowling of High Full Pitched balls
Law 42.8. shall apply as modified:
ff the umpire considers that a high full pitch, which is deemed dangerous
and unfair as defined m Clause 27, was deliberately bowled, then the caution
and warning process shall be dispensed with. The umpire at the bowlers
(a) Call and signal no ball
(b) When the ball is dead, direct the captain to take the bowler off
(c) Not allow the bowler to bowl again in that innings
(d) Complete the over with another Bowler, provided that the Bowler does
not bowl two overs or part thereof consecutively.
At the first opportunity report the occurrence, with the other umpire,
to the captain of the batting side and the Governing Body responsible
for the match who shall take any further action which is considered to
be appropriate against the Captain and the Bowler concerned. (Refer also
to Law 42.1 Fair and Unfair Play - Responsibility of Captains.)
29. Action by the umpires
Law 42.7 shall be replaced by the following:
T'he Bowling of Fast Short Pitched Deliveries, Dangerous and Unfair Bowling,
The Bowling of High Full Pitched Balls and Deliberate Bowling of 1-hgh
Full Pitched Balls.
Please note that should the umpires initiate the caution and warning
procedures set out in Clauses 25, 26, 27 and 28, such cautions and warnings
are to be cumulative.
Should a bowler be cautioned under clause 25 (More than 2 deliveries
above shoulder height in an over) and then infringe under clause 26 (Dangerous
and Unfair Bowling) or clause 27 (High Full Pitched Balls) he will not
be started again on a first caution - it will be his final warning.