Match Playing Conditions
19. Law 19 - Boundaries
Law 19 shall apply subject to the following:
19.1 Law 19.1 - The boundaries 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.
In all cases the aim shall be to provide the largest playing area, subject to no boundary exceeding 90 yards (82.29 metres) from the centre of the pitch to be used.
BCCI shall determine the minimum dimensions for any ground which is unable to conform to the above minimum dimensions.
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 BCCI from time to time. The rope should be a required minimum distance (3 yards (2.74 metres) minimum) inside the perimeter fencing or advertising signs.
19.3 Law 19.3 - Scoring a boundary
The following shall apply in addition 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).
Note the introduction of new Law 19.4 – Ball beyond the boundary, dealing with the catching or fielding of a ball after it has crossed the boundary.