15.    Law 15 - Intervals

Law 15 shall apply subject to the following:

15.1 Law 15.5 - Changing agreed times for intervals - Interval between Innings

If the innings of the team batting first is completed prior to the scheduled time for the interval, the interval shall take place immediately and the innings of the team batting second will commence correspondingly earlier. In circumstances where the side bowling first has not completed the allotted number of overs by the scheduled or re-scheduled cessation time for the first innings, the umpires shall reduce the length of the interval by the amount of time that the first innings over-ran. The minimum time for the interval in an uninterrupted match will be 15 minutes.

However, following a lengthy delay or interruption prior to the completion of the innings of the team batting first, the Match Referee may, at his discretion, reduce the interval between innings from 20 minutes to not less than 10 minutes.

Such discretion should only be exercised after determining the adjusted overs per side based on a 20 minute interval. If having exercised this discretion, the rescheduled finishing time for the match is earlier than the latest possible finishing time, then these minutes should be
deducted from the length of any interruption during the second innings before determining the overs remaining.

15.2 Law 15.9 - Intervals for drinks

15.2.1 There will be two time-outs of 2 minutes 30 seconds in duration in each innings. The time-outs are to allow the teams to re-group tactically.

15.2.2 Drinks may be brought out on to the field during the time-out. At other times, 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 (subject to the wearing of a bib as referred to in the note to clause 2.2.3).

15.2.3 Subject to clauses 15.2.4 and 15.2.8 below, the above-mentioned time-outs will occur in each innings of matches which are not Interrupted (such that the scheduled number of overs in respect of such innings remains 20) at the following times: (a) at the end of either the 6th,, 7th, 8th or 9th over at the election of the fielding team and (b) at the end of either the 13th, 14th 15th or 16th over at the election of the batting team.

15.2.4 If there is a stoppage in play (whether for a wicket or injury or any other reason) during an over once a time-out has been requested pursuant to clause 15.2.5 below or the 9th or 16th over if the relevant time-out has not yet been taken, then the umpires shall, if they believe that it will speed up the game, not wait for the end of the over and may immediately call the time-out..

15.2.5 Each time-out should be called by either (a) the fielding captain or the batsmen (as appropriate in accordance with clause 15.2.3 (a) and (b) respectively) notifying one of the two on field umpires or (b) the person accredited as team coach for the fielding side or batting side (as appropriate) notifying the fourth umpire, in each case prior to the bowler’s end umpire for the next over getting into his position behind the stumps. In the event of a divergence between the notifications under a) and b) above, the notification by the team coach shall prevail. Any notification once the bowler’s end umpire for the next over is in position behind the stumps will not be valid. If either the fielding captain or the batsmen respectively does not make an election, the umpires will call the time-out at the end of the 9th and 16th over respectively.

15.2.6 The umpires will clearly signal the time-out by making the sign of a “T” with their arms.

15.2.7 In any match which is Interrupted (such that the scheduled number of overs in respect thereof is less than 20) then the time-outs will occur as follows:

Scheduled

Number of

Overs

Earliest Fielder

Time out

(End of over)

Latest Fielder

Time out

(End of over)

Earliest Batsmen

Time out

(End of over)

Latest Batsmen

Time out

(End of over)

20

6

9

13

16

19

6

9

13

16

18

5

8

12

15

17

5

8

12

14

16

5

7

11

13

15

5

6

10

12

14 or less

None

None

None

None


If the scheduled number of overs in the innings in an Interrupted match is 14 overs or less, there will be no time-outs. Furthermore following a lengthy delay or interruption prior to any of the time-outs, the Match Referee may, at his discretion, cancel all of the remaining time-outs.

15.2.8 If in any innings the batting team is dismissed before a scheduled time-out then there will be no such time-out in respect of such innings. 

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