Match Playing Conditions
APPENDIX 6Third Umpire TV Replay System – Playing Conditions
1.1 The camera specification set out in Appendix 6A are provided as a minimum requirement.
1.2 The home Team is to ensure that a separate room with uninterrupted view of the entire playing surface is provided for the third umpire and that the third umpire has access to a television monitor and direct sound link with the television broadcast director to facilitate as many replays as possible as is necessary to assist him in making a decision.
1.3 In the circumstances detailed in Paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 below, the on-field umpire has the discretion whether or not to refer the appeal to the third umpire for a decision or, in the case of 3.1, to consult with the third umpire before making the decision and should take a common sense approach.
Players may not appeal to the umpire to use the referral/consultation system - breach of this provision would constitute dissent and the player could be liable for discipline under the IPL Code of Conduct.
1.4 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 discretion to take more time in order to finalise a decision if necessary.
2 Run Out, Stumping and Hit Wicket Decisions
2.1 The on-field umpire shall be entitled to refer an appeal for a run-out, stumping or hit-wicket to the third umpire.
2.2 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.
2.3 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. (Where available and as an alternative to the red/green light system, the big replay screen may be used for the purpose of conveying the third umpire’s decision).
2.4 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. See also paragraph 8 below.
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:
3.1 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 third 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 third 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. See also paragraph 8 below.
The final decision shall be indicated in the normal fashion by the bowler’s end umpire.
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 Paragraph 2.2.
c The third umpire has to determine whether the ball was a bump ball or not. However, when reviewing the television replays(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. See also paragraph 8 below.
d The third umpire shall communicate his decision by the system as in Paragraph 2.3.
4 Boundary Decisions
4.1 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.
4.2 An on-field umpire wishing the assistance of the third umpire in these circumstances 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.
4.3 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 paragraph that appears not to have been acted upon by the on-field umpires.
5 Obstructing the Field
a) Following an appeal from the fielding side, the on-field umpire shall be entitled to consult with the third umpire if he feels that the batsman, in running between the wickets, may have significantly changed his direction (refer clause 37).
b) Such consultation shall be initiated by the on-field umpire and will be done to help him decide the extent of any change in direction and whether the obstruction was wilful or not.
c) Following such consultation with the third umpire, the final decision shall be indicated in the normal fashion by the relevant on-field umpire.
6 Batsmen Running to the Same End
6.1 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 consult with the third umpire.
6.2 The procedure in Paragraph 4.2 shall apply.
7 Ball Hitting the Spydercam
7.1 The on-field umpire shall be entitled to refer to the third umpire for a decision as to whether the ball has been in contact with any part of the Spydercam or its cables above the playing arena. A decision is to be made immediately and cannot be changed thereafter.
7.2 The procedure in Paragraph 4.2 shall apply.
7.3 The third umpire may initiate contact with the on-field umpire by two-way radio if TV coverage shows the ball to have been in contact with any part of the Spydercam or its cables above the playing arena as envisaged under this paragraph.
8 No Balls
Following any mode of dismissal that is not permitted off a no-ball (whether the subject of a referral /consultation under this system or not), if the on-field umpire is uncertain as the fairness of the delivery, he shall be entitled to request the batsman to delay leaving the field and to check the fairness of the delivery with the third umpire. The third umpire shall, subject to the availability of suitable technology, immediately check the fairness of the delivery. If the delivery was not a fair delivery, the third umpire shall advise the on-field umpire by two-way radio who should recall the dismissed batsman, indicate that the batsman is not out and signal no-ball. The third umpire may raise the matter with the on field umpire if the latter fails to ask for a check, but the third umpire should not assume jurisdiction in the first instance.
Generic Camera Layout - Basic TV Coverage
|1||Wicket to Wicket|
|3||Wicket to Wicket|
|5||Square Leg/Mid Wicket|
|8||Line/Run out Cam|
|9||Line/Run out Cam|
|10|| Reverse Square Leg/Mid Wicket|
Generic Camera Layout - Third Umpire Coverage
|3||Line/Run out Cam|
|4||Line/Run out Cam|
|5||Line/Run out Cam|
|6||Line/Run out Cam|