7.     Law 7 - The Pitch

7.1 Law 7.3 - Selection and preparation

The following shall 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 ground staff, the IPL 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). Additionally one sponsor representative from the home team will be present at the toss.

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 IPL 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 IPL Match Referee.

7.2.2 The on-field umpires and IPL 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 together with the IPL Match Referee shall consider whether the existing pitch can be repaired and the match resumed from the point it was stopped. In considering whether to authorise such repairs, the IPL Match Referee must consider whether this would place either side at an unfair advantage, given the play that had already taken place on the dangerous pitch.

7.2.5 If the decision is that the existing pitch cannot be repaired, then the match is to be abandoned with the following consequences:

a In the event of the required number of overs to constitute a match having been completed at the time the match is abandoned, the result shall be determined according to the provisions of clause 21.7.2.

b In the event of the required number of overs to constitute a match not having been completed, the match will be abandoned as a no result.

7.2.6 If the match is abandoned as a no result, the IPL Match Referee shall consult with the BCCI with the objective of finding a way for a new match to be commenced and completed on the same date at the same venue.

7.2.7 Such a match may be played either on the repaired pitch or on another pitch, subject to the IPL Match Referee and the relevant ground authority both being satisfied that the new pitch will be of the required standard. The playing time lost between the scheduled start time of the original match and the actual start time of the new match will be covered by the provisions of clauses 12 and 16 below.

7.2.8 If it is not possible to play a new match on the scheduled day of the match, the BCCI shall determine whether the match can be replayed within the existing league schedule.

7.2.9 Throughout the above decision making processes, the IPL Match Referee shall keep informed both captains and the head of the ground authority. The head of the ground authority shall ensure that suitable and prompt public announcements are made.


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. 

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