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Standard Test Match Playing Conditions  from ICC

This version of the playing conditions is effective in all Test Matches from 1st October

2008 and supersedes the previous version dated 1st October 2007. Included in this

version are amendments to clauses 2, 3.2.3.1 (b) and 6.

Except as varied hereunder, the Laws of Cricket (2000 Code 2nd Edition - 2003) shall

apply

Note: All references to ‘Governing Body’ within the Laws of Cricket shall be

replaced by ‘ICC Match Referee’.

1 Law 1 - The Players

1.1 Law 1.2 – Nomination of Players

Law 1.2 shall be replaced by the following:

Each captain shall nominate his players in writing to the ICC Match

Referee before the toss. No player may be changed after the

nomination without the consent of the opposing captain.

1.2 Law 1.3 - Captain

The following shall apply in addition to Law 1.3 (a):

The deputy must be one of the nominated players.

2 Law 2 - Substitutes and Runners

2.1 Law 2.5 - Fielder absent or leaving the field

Law 2.5 shall be replaced by the following:

If a 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.

If the player is absent from the field for longer than 8 minutes:

2.1.1 the player shall not be permitted to bowl in that innings after

his return until he has been on the field for at least that length

of playing time for which he was absent. Such absence or

penalty time absent shall be carried over into a new day’s play

and in the event of a follow-on or forfeiture, this restriction

will, if necessary, continue into the second innings.

2.1.2 the player shall not be permitted to bat unless or until, in the

aggregate, he 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 Clauses 2.1.1 and 2.1.2 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 in the match and consequently been forced to leave the

field. Nor shall it apply if 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 or for other exceptional

circumstances, 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.

2.1.3 Substitute fielders shall only be permitted in cases of injury,

illness or other wholly acceptable reasons. ‘Wholly acceptable

reasons’ should be limited to extreme circumstances and should

not include what is commonly referred to as a ‘comfort break’.

3 Law 3 - The Umpires

3.1 Law 3.1 - Appointment and attendance

Law 3.1 shall be replaced by the following:

The following rules for the selection and appointment of Test Match

umpires shall be followed as far as it is practicable to do so:

3.1.1 ICC shall establish an ‘Elite Panel’ of umpires who shall be

contracted to the ICC.

3.1.2 Each Full Member country shall nominate from its panel of

first class umpires two umpires to an ‘International Panel’ and

one umpire to a ‘TV Panel’. (A third umpire may be nominated

to the ‘International Panel’ with the written consent of the

ICC).

3.1.3 ICC will appoint two umpires to stand in each Test Match.

Neither of such umpires shall be from the same country as the

participating teams and shall be selected from the ‘Elite Panel’

or the ‘International Panel’.

3.1.4 As long as possible before each Test Match, ICC will advise

the Home Board of the names of its appointees and the Home

Board will advise the Manager of the touring team of both

umpires’ names.

3.1.5 The Home Board shall appoint a third umpire for each Test

who shall act as the emergency umpire and officiate in regard

to TV replays. Such appointment must be made from the

‘International Panel’ or the ‘TV Panel’.

3.1.6 The Home Board shall also appoint a fourth umpire for each

Test from its panel of first class umpires. The fourth umpire

shall act as the emergency third umpire.

3.1.7 Neither team will have a right of objection to an umpire’s

appointment.

3.1.8 The umpires shall be present at the ground at least two hours

before the scheduled start of the first days play, and at least 1.5

hours before the scheduled start of each succeeding days play.

3.2 Third Umpire/TV Replays

The following shall apply in addition to Clause 3.1:

3.2.1 General

a Save with the express written consent of the Chief

Executive Officer of the ICC the Home Board will

ensure the live television broadcast of all Test Matches

played in its country.

b Where matches are broadcast the camera specifications

set out in Appendix 2 shall be mandatory as a minimum

requirement.

c Where matches are not broadcast the camera

specifications set out in Appendix 3 shall be mandatory

as a minimum requirement.

d The Home Board will ensure a separate room is

provided for the third umpire and that he has access to a

television monitor and direct sound link with the

television control unit director to facilitate as many

replays as is necessary to assist him in making a

decision.

e In the circumstances detailed in Clauses 3.2.2, 3.2.3,

3.2.4 and 3.2.5 hereunder, the on-field umpire has the

discretion whether to refer the appeal to the third

umpire for a decision or not and should take a common

sense approach. Players may not appeal to the umpire to

use the replay system - breach of this provision would

constitute dissent and the player could be liable for

discipline under the ICC Code of Conduct.

f The third umpire shall call for as many replays from

any camera angle as is necessary to reach a decision. As

a guide, a decision should be made within 30 seconds

whenever possible, but the third umpire shall have a

discretion to take more time in order to finalise a

decision.

3.2.2 Run Out, Stumping and Hit Wicket Decisions

a The on-field umpire shall be entitled to refer an appeal

for a run-out, stumping or hit wicket to the third

umpire.

b An on-field umpire wishing to refer a decision to the

third umpire shall signal to the third umpire by making

the shape of a TV screen with his hands.

c If the third umpire decides the batsman is out a red light

is displayed; a green light means not-out. Should the

third umpire be temporarily unable to respond, a white

light (where available) will remain illuminated

throughout the period of interruption to signify to the

on-field umpires that the TV replay system is

temporarily unavailable, in which case the decision will

be taken by the on-field umpire. (As an alternative to

the red/green light system and where available, the big

replay screen may be used for the purpose of conveying

the third umpire’s decision.)

d When reviewing the TV replay(s), if the third umpire

finds the batsman has been bowled rather than hit

wicket or stumped, he shall indicate that the batsman

was dismissed.

3.2.3 Caught Decisions

The on-field umpire shall be entitled to refer an appeal for a

caught decision to the third umpire in the following

circumstances:

3.2.3.1 Clean Catches

a Should the bowler’s end umpire be unable to

decide whether or not a catch was taken cleanly,

he shall first consult with the square leg umpire.

b Should both umpires be unable to make a

decision, they may consult by two-way radio

with the 3rd umpire. Following such

consultation, the final decision will be made and

given by the bowler’s end umpire, who will take

into account the on-field umpires’ initial views

and any other advice received from the 3rd

umpire.

c The third umpire has to determine whether the

batsman has been caught. However, when

reviewing the television replay(s), if it is clear to

the third umpire that the batsman did not hit the

ball, he shall indicate that the batsman is not

out.

d The third umpire shall communicate his

decision by the system as in Clause 3.2.2 (c).

3.2.3.2 Bump Ball

a Should the bowler’s end umpire be unable to

decide whether a catch was taken from a bump

ball or not, he shall first consult with the square

leg umpire.

b Should both on-field umpires be unable to make

a decision, the bowler’s end umpire shall be

entitled to refer the decision to the third umpire

to review a TV replay(s) of the batsman’s stroke

as in Clause 3.2.2 (b).

c The third umpire has to determine whether the

ball was a bump ball or not. However, when

reviewing the television replay(s), if it is clear to

the third umpire that the batsman did not hit the

ball, he shall indicate that the batsmen is not out.

d The third umpire shall communicate his

decision by the system as in Clause 3.2.2 (c).

3.2.4 Boundary Decisions

a The on-field umpire shall be entitled to refer to the third

umpire for a decision about whether the fieldsman had

any part of his person in contact with the ball when he

touched or crossed the boundary line or whether a four

or six had been scored. A decision is to be made

immediately and cannot be changed thereafter.

b An on-field umpire wishing the assistance of the third

umpire in this circumstance shall communicate with the

third umpire by use of a two-way radio and the third

umpire will convey his decision to the on-field umpire

by this method.

c The third umpire may initiate contact with the on-field

umpire by two-way radio if TV coverage shows a

boundary line infringement or incident as envisaged

under this clause.

3.2.5 Batsmen Running to the Same End

a In the event of both batsmen running to the same end

and the umpires are uncertain over which batsmen made

his ground first, the on-field umpire may refer the

decision to the third umpire.

b The procedure in Clause 3.2.4 (b) shall apply.

3.3 Law 3.2 - Change of umpire

Law 3.2 shall be replaced by the following:

An umpire shall not be changed during the match, other than in

exceptional circumstances, unless he is injured or ill.

3.4 Law 3.4 - To inform captains and scorers

The following shall apply in addition to Law 3.4 (i):

The host country may provide for the ringing of a bell, which shall be

rung 5 minutes before the termination of an interval, when the umpires

shall go to the wickets. The host country shall inform the visiting

country at the start of the tour that this practice is to be adopted.

3.5 Law 3.8 - Fitness of Ground, Weather and Light and Law 3.9 -

Suspension of play for adverse conditions of ground, weather or

light

Law 3.8 and 3.9 shall apply subject to the following:

3.5.1 If conditions during a rain stoppage improve and the rain is

reduced to drizzle, the umpires must consider if 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.

3.5.2 The umpires shall disregard any shadow on the pitch from the

stadium or from any permanent object on the ground.

3.5.3 If a shadow from the fielder falls across the strikers half of 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’ if he

considers the striker has been disadvantaged by the action.

3.6 Law 3.10 Exceptional Circumstances.

The following shall apply in addition to Law 3.10:

3.6.1 Play may be suspended due to safety and security concerns by

the umpires on the advice of the ICC Match Referee, the head

of the relevant ground authority, the head of ground security or

the police.

3.6.2 Where play is suspended under Clause 3.6.1 above the decision

to abandon or resume play shall be the responsibility of the ICC

Match Referee who shall act only after consultation with the

head of ground security and the police.

3.7 Light Meters

3.7.1 It is the responsibility of the ICC to supply light meters to the

match officials to be used in accordance with these playing

conditions.

3.7.2 All light meters shall be uniformly calibrated.

3.7.3 The umpires shall be entitled to use light meter readings as a

guideline for determining whether the light is unfit/fit for play.

3.7.4 Light meter readings may accordingly be used by the umpires:

a To determine whether there has been at any stage a

deterioration or improvement in the light.

b As benchmarks for the remainder of a stoppage, match

and/or series/event.

3.8 Use of lights

If in the opinion of the umpires, natural light is deteriorating to

an unfit level, they shall authorize the ground authorities to use

the available artificial lighting so that the match can continue in

acceptable conditions.

The lights are only to be used to enable a full days play to be

completed as provided in Clause 16 Hours of Play, Intervals

and Minimum Overs in the Day.

In the event of power failure or lights malfunction, the existing

provisions of Clauses 15 and 16 shall apply.

4 Law 4 - The Scorers

4.1 Law 4.2 - Correctness of scores

Attention is drawn to Clause 21.2.

5 Law 5 - The Ball

5.1 Law 5.2 - Approval and control of balls

Law 5.2 shall be replaced by the following:

The Home Board shall provide cricket balls of an approved standard

for Test cricket and spare used balls for changing during a match,

which shall also be of the same brand. Note: The Home Board shall be

required to advise the visiting Board of the brand of ball to be used in

the match(es) at least 30 days prior to the start of the match(es).

The fielding captain or his nominee may select the ball with which he

wishes to bowl from the supply provided by the Home Board. The

fourth umpire shall take a box containing at least 6 new balls to the

dressing room and supervise the selection of the ball.

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.

5.2 Law 5.4 - New ball in a match of more than one day’s duration

Law 5.4 shall be replaced by the following:

The captain of the fielding side shall have the choice of taking a new

ball at any time after 80 overs have been bowled with the previous ball.

The umpires shall indicate to the batsman and the scorers whenever a

new ball is taken into play.

5.3 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.

5.4 Law 5.6 - Specifications

Law 5.6 shall not apply.

6 Law 6 - The Bat (new law effective 1st October 2008)

The following shall apply in addition to Law 6 (as amended in 2008):

Subject to any moratoriums that may be in place only Grade A bats shall be

used in Test matches.

7 Law 7 - The Pitch

7.1 Law 7.3 - Selection and preparation

The following will apply in addition to Law 7.3:

7.1.1 The ground staff shall ensure that during the period prior to the

start of play and during intervals, the pitch area shall be roped

off so as to prevent unauthorised access. (The pitch area shall

include an area at least 2 metres beyond the rectangle made by

the crease markings at both ends of the pitch).

7.1.2 The fourth umpire shall ensure that, prior to the start of play

and during any intervals, only authorised staff, the ICC match

officials, players, team coaches and authorised television

personnel shall be allowed access to the pitch area. Such access

shall be subject to the following limitations:

a Only captains and team coaches may walk on the actual

playing surface of the pitch area (outside of the crease

markings).

b Access to the pitch area by television personnel shall be

restricted to one camera crew (including one or two

television commentators) of the official licensed

television broadcaster(s) (but not news crews).

c No spiked footwear shall be permitted.

d No one shall be permitted to bounce a ball on the pitch,

strike it with a bat or cause damage to the pitch in any

other way.

e Access shall not interfere with pitch preparation.

7.1.3 In the event of any dispute, the ICC Match Referee will rule

and his ruling will be final.

7.2 Law 7.4 - Changing the pitch

Law 7.4 shall be replaced by the following:

7.2.1 In the event of a pitch being considered too dangerous for play

to continue in the estimation of the on-field umpires, they shall

stop play and immediately advise the ICC Match Referee.

7.2.2 The on-field umpires and ICC Match Referee shall consult with

both captains.

7.2.3 If the captains agree to continue, play shall resume.

7.2.4 If the decision is not to resume play, the on-field umpires shall

consider one of the options in the following sequence:

a whether the existing pitch can be repaired. Repair work

will only be considered if there has been malicious

damage to a non-crucial part of the pitch;

b whether an alternative pitch can be used;

c whether the match has to be abandoned.

7.2.5 When such a decision is made, the ground authority shall make

a public announcement as soon as possible following that

decision.

7.2.6 In the event of a decision being taken in favour of Clauses 7.2.4

(a) or 7.2.4(b) above, the supervision of the remedial or new

preparatory work shall be the responsibility of the on-field

umpires and the representative of the ground authority.

7.2.7 The rescheduled starting time and the rescheduled cessation

time, together with any make-up procedures as provided herein,

shall be the responsibility of the on-field umpires.

7.2.8 In the event that the existing pitch can be made playable after

suitable remedial work as in Clause 7.2.4 (a) above, the match

shall continue from the point stopped.

7.2.9 If a new pitch is prepared as in Clause 7.2.4 (b) above, the

match shall be restarted from the first ball (but see Clause 7.2.7

above).

7.2.10 If the decision is to abandon the match as in Clause 7.2.4 (c)

above, the relevant officials from the Boards involved shall

agree on whether the match can be replayed within the existing

tour schedule.

7.3 Law 7.5 - Non-turf pitches

Law 7.5 shall not apply.

All matches shall be played on natural turf pitches. The use of PVA

and other adhesives in the preparation of pitches is not permitted.

8 Law 8 - The Wickets

8.1 Law 8.2 - Size of stumps

The following shall apply in addition to Law 8.2:

For televised matches the Home Board may provide a slightly larger

cylindrical stump to accommodate the stump camera. When the larger

stump is used, all three stumps must be exactly the same size.

9 Law 9 - The Bowling, Popping and Return Creases

9.1 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 (13.71 metres)’.

10 Law 10 - Preparation and Maintenance of the Playing Area

10.1 Law 10.1 - Rolling

The following shall apply in addition to Law 10.1:

10.1.1 Prior to tossing for choice of innings the artificial drying of the

pitch and outfield shall be at the discretion of the groundsman.

Thereafter and throughout the match the drying of the outfield

may be undertaken at any time by the groundsman, 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.

10.1.2 The umpires may instruct the groundsman to use any available

equipment, including any roller for the purpose of drying the

pitch and making it fit for play.

10.1.3 An absorbent roller may be used to remove water from the

covers including the cover on the match pitch.

10.2 Law 10.6 - Maintenance of footholes

The following shall apply in addition to Law 10.6:

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, bowler’s foot holes

will be repaired.

11 Covering the Pitch

11.1 Law 11.1 - Before the match

The following shall apply in addition to Law 11.1:

The pitch shall be entirely protected against rain up to the

commencement of play.

11.2 Law 11.2 - During the match

Law 11.2 shall be replaced by the following:

The pitch shall be entirely protected against rain up to the

commencement of play and for the duration of the period of the match.

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.

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.

11.3 Law 11.3 - Covering bowlers’ run ups

Law 11.3 shall be replaced by the following:

The bowler’s run-ups shall be covered to a distance of at least 10 x 10

metres.

11.4 Law 11.4 - Removal of covers

Law 11.4 shall be replaced by the following:

The covers shall be removed no earlier than 5.00am and no later than

7.00am on each morning of the match (including the rest day) provided

it is not raining at the time, but they will be replaced if rain falls prior

to the commencement of play.

12 Law 12 - Innings

Law 12 shall apply subject to the following:

12.1 Law 12.1 (a) shall be replaced by the following: A match shall be two

innings per side subject to the provisions of Law 13.1.

12.2 Law12.1 (b) and 12.3 (e) shall not apply.

12.3 Matches shall be of five days scheduled duration, and of two innings

per side. The two participating countries may:

a Provide for a rest day during the match, and/or a reserve

day after the scheduled days of play.

b Play on any scheduled rest day, conditions and

circumstances permitting, should a full day’s play be

lost on any day prior to the rest day.

c Play on any scheduled reserve day, conditions and

circumstances permitting, should a full day’s play be

lost on any day. Play shall not take place on more than 5

days.

d Make up time lost in excess of five minutes in each

day’s play due to circumstances outside the game other

than Acts of God.

13 Law 13 - The Follow-on

13.1 Law 13.3 - First day’s play lost

If the provision of Clause 16.1.3 (b) is applied, the additional time is

regarded as part of that day’s play, i.e. it is the number of days

remaining, and not the total number of hours available.

14 Law 14 - Declaration and Forfeiture

Law 14 shall apply.

15 Law 15 - Intervals

15.1 Law 15.3 - Duration of intervals

15.1.1 Luncheon Interval: The interval shall be of 40 minutes

duration.

15.1.2 Tea Interval: The interval shall be of 20 minutes duration.

15.2 Law 15.8 - Tea interval- 9 wickets down

Law 15.8 shall be replaced by the following:

If 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 cause to

leave the field of play, or the innings is concluded earlier.

15.3 Law 15.9 - 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.

16 Law 16 - Start of Play; Cessation of Play

Law 16 shall apply subject to the following:

16.1 Start and Cessation Times

The Home Board shall determine the hours of play, subject to there

being 6 hours scheduled play per day (Pakistan, a minimum of 5 ½

hours), and subject to:

16.1.1 Minimum Overs in the Day

Subject to clause 16.1.2 below:

(a) On days other than the last day, play shall continue on

each day until the completion of a minimum target of 90

overs (or a minimum of 15 overs per hour) or the

completion of the scheduled or rescheduled cessation

time, which ever is the later but provided that play shall

not continue for more than 30 minutes beyond the

scheduled or rescheduled cessation time (permitted

overtime). For the sake of clarity, if any of the

minimum target number of overs have not been bowled

at the completion of the permitted overtime, play shall

cease upon completion of the over in progress. The

overs not bowled shall not be made up on any

subsequent day.

(b) On the last day, a minimum of 75 overs (or a minimum

of 15 overs per hour) shall be bowled during the playing

time other than the last hour of the match where clause

16.1.6 below shall apply. If any of the minimum of 75

overs, or as recalculated, have not been bowled when

one hour of the scheduled playing time remains, the last

hour of the match for the purposes of clause 16.1.6 shall

be the hour immediately following the completion of

these overs.

16.1.2 Reduction in minimum overs

Except in the last hour of the match, for which clause

16.1.6 makes provision, if play is suspended due to

adverse weather or light or any other reason (other than

normal intervals) for more than 1 hour on any day, the

minimum number of overs shall be reduced by 1 over

for each full 4 minutes of the aggregate playing time

lost. For the avoidance of doubt, the aggregate of 1 hour

shall be inclusive of any time that may have been

brought forward from previous days due to playing time

lost on such previous days under clause 16.1.3 (b)

below.

16.1.3 Making Up Lost Time

(a) On The Day

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 1 hour. For the avoidance of doubt,

the maximum of 1 hour shall be inclusive of any

time that may have been added to the scheduled

playing time due to playing time having been

lost on previous days under clause 16.1.3 (b)

below.

(b) On Subsequent Days

If any time is lost and cannot be made up under

clause 16.1.3 (a) above, additional time of up to

a maximum of 30 minutes 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). Where

appropriate this additional time shall be added

prior to the scheduled start of the first session. In

circumstances where it is not possible to add this

additional time prior to the scheduled start of the

first session, the additional time may be added to

the second and/or the third sessions (see also

16.1.4). When such additional time is added, the

minimum overs for that day shall be increased

by one over for each four minutes of additional

time or part thereof.

c On the Last Day only

Clause 16.1.3 (a) applies. However, for the

purposes of this clause, the definition of playing

time shall be the time up to the most recently

scheduled time for the start of the last hour.

Should an interruption in play commence prior

to the most recently scheduled time for the last

hour and continue past this time:

i Only the playing time lost prior to this

last hour start time will be made up

(subject to the maximum of one hour

described in (a) above) with the start

time for the last hour being rescheduled

accordingly

ii The period of time between the

scheduled last hour start time at the start

of the interruption and the time of the

resumption of play will not be made up.

The minimum number of overs to be

bowled prior to the last hour at the start

of the interruption will therefore be

reduced by one for each full four minutes

of aggregate time lost (as described in

clause 16.1.2)

iii The start time for the last hour will thus

be the later of the rescheduled time as

defined at the end of (i) above and the

time at which the minimum overs prior

to the last hour have been completed or

reduced to zero by application of the

formula in (ii) above.

iv No time is made up in respect of any

interruptions that commence after the

start of the last hour.

16.1.4 Change of Intervals

a If play has been suspended for any reason other

than normal intervals for 30 minutes or more

prior to the commencement of the scheduled or

rescheduled tea interval on that day, the tea

interval shall be delayed for ½ hour.

b Not withstanding the provisions of clause a

above, the timings of intervals can be altered

under Law 15.5 at any time on any day if

playing time has been lost irrespective of

whether the time has been lost on that day or on

any previous days.

16.1.5 Change of Innings

Where there is a change of innings during a days play

(except where the change of innings occurs at lunch or

tea or when play is suspended for any reason) 2 overs

will be deducted from the minimum number of overs to

be bowled.

The over in progress at the end of an innings is regarded

as a completed over for the purposes of determining the

minimum number of remaining overs to be bowled in

the day.

16.1.6 Last Hour

Law 16.6, 16.7 and 16.8 will apply except that a

minimum of 15 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 1 over for

each full 4 minutes (refer clause 16.1.9 below).

On the final day, if both captains (the batsmen at the

wicket may act for their captain) accept that there is no

prospect of either side achieving a victory, they may

agree to finish the match after (a) the time for the

commencement of the last hour has been reached OR

(b) there are a minimum of 15 overs to be bowled,

whichever is the later.

16.1.7 Notwithstanding 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 if the players have

occasion to leave the field during the last minimum over

within 2 minutes of the scheduled cessation time or

thereafter.

16.1.8 An over completed on resumption of a new day’s play

shall be disregarded in calculating minimum overs for

that day.

16.1.9 Stumps Drawn

Except on the final day:

a In the event of play being suspended for any

reason at or after the most recently scheduled or

rescheduled cessation time, stumps shall be

drawn upon play being suspended.

b In the event of the players already being off the

field for a suspension of play at the most

recently rescheduled cessation time, then stumps

will be drawn at that time.

16.1.10 The scoreboard shall show:

a the total number of overs bowled with the ball

currently in use: and

b the minimum number of overs remaining to be

bowled in a day.

16.1.11 Penalties shall apply for slow over rates (refer ICC

Code of Conduct).

16.2 Extra Time

The umpires may decide to play 30 minutes (a minimum 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 additional

time provided for in Clause 16.1.3 above]. If the umpires do not

believe a result can be achieved no extra time shall be allowed.

If 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 is extended on any day shall be deducted

from the total number of hours of play remaining, and the match shall

end earlier on the final day by the amount of time by which play was

previously extended under this clause.

17 Law 17 - Practice on the Field

17.1 Law 17.1 - Practice on the field

The following shall apply in addition to Law 17.1:

The use of the square for practice on any day of any match will be

restricted to any netted practice area on the square set aside for that

purpose.

18 Law 18 - Scoring Runs

Law 18 shall apply.

19 Law 19 - Boundaries

19.1 Law 19.1 - The boundary of the field of play

The following shall apply in addition to Law 19.1:

The playing area shall be a minimum of 150 yards (137.16 metres)

from boundary to boundary square of the pitch, with the shorter of the

two square boundaries being a minimum 65 yards (59.43 metres). The

straight boundary at both ends of the pitch shall be a minimum of 70

yards (64.00 metres). Distances shall be measured from the centre of

the pitch to be used.

On large grounds the aim shall be to provide the largest playing area,

subject to no boundary exceeding 90 yards (82.29 meters) from the

centre of the pitch to be used.

Any ground which has been approved to host international cricket prior

to 1st October 2007 or which is currently under construction as of this

date which is unable to conform to these new minimum dimensions

shall be exempt. In such cases the regulations in force immediately

prior to the adoption of these regulations shall apply.

Sightscreens shall be provided at both ends of all grounds. Advertising

shall be permitted on the sightscreen behind the striker, providing it is

removed for the subsequent over from that end.

Such advertising shall not contain flashing or flickering images and

particular care should be taken by the operators that the advertising is

not changed at a time which is distracting to the umpire.

In addition, advertising on perimeter boards placed in front of the

sightscreens is permitted save that the predominant colour of such

advertising shall be of a contrasting colour to that of the ball.

19.2 Law 19.2 - Defining the boundary - boundary marking

The following shall apply in addition to Law 19.2:

All boundaries must be designated by a rope or similar object of a

minimum standard as authorised by the ICC from time to time. Where

appropriate the rope should be a required minimum distance (3 yards

(2.74 metres) minimum) inside the perimeter fencing or advertising

signs. For grounds with a large playing area, the maximum length of

boundary should be used before applying the minimum 3 yards (2.74

metres) between the boundary and the fence.

19.3 Law 19.3 - Scoring a boundary

The following shall be added to Law 19.3:

If an unauthorized 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 batsman is liable to be out as a result of the

unauthorized person handling the ball. See also Law 19.1 (c).

20 Law 20 - Lost Ball

Law 20 shall apply.

21 Law 21 - The Result

Law 21 shall apply subject to the following:

21.1 Law 21.2 - A win-one innings match

Law 21.2 shall not apply

21.2 Law 21.8 - Correctness of result

Any query on the result of the match as defined in Laws 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.

Law 21.3 – Umpire (Referee) awarding a match

Law 21.3 shall be replaced by the following:

a) A match shall be lost by a side which either

(i) concedes defeat or

(ii) in the opinion of the Referee refuses to play

and the Referee shall award the match to the other side.

b) If an umpire considers that an action by any player or players might

constitute a refusal by either side to play then the umpires together shall

inform the Referee of this fact. The Referee shall together with the

umpires ascertain the cause of the action. If the Referee, after due

consultation with the umpires, then decides that this action does constitute

a refusal to play by one side, he shall so inform the captain of that side. If

the captain persists in the action the Referee shall award the match in

accordance with (a)(ii) above.*

c) If action as in (b) above takes place after play has started and does not

constitute a refusal to play

(i) playing time lost shall be counted from the start of the action until

play recommences, subject to Law 15.5 (Changing agreed times for

intervals).

(ii) the time for close of play on that day shall be extended by this length

of time, subject to Law 3.9 (Suspension of play for adverse conditions

of ground, weather or light).

(iii) if applicable, no overs shall be deducted during the last hour of the

match solely on account of this time.

* N/B In addition to the consequences of any refusal to play prescribed under

this clause, any such refusal, whether temporary or final, may result in

disciplinary action being taken against the captain and team responsible under

the Code of Conduct

22 Law 22 - The Over

Law 22 shall apply subject to the addition of the following to Law 22.5:

22.1 Law 22.5 - Umpire miscounting

Whenever possible the third umpire shall liaise with the scorers and if

possible inform the on-field umpires if the over has been miscounted.

23 Law 23 - Dead Ball

Law 23 shall apply.

24 Law 24 - No Ball

Law 24 shall apply subject to the following:

24.1 Law 24.1 - Mode of delivery

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.

25 Law 25 - Wide Ball