16.    Law 16 - Start of Play; Cessation of Play

Law 16 shall apply subject to the following (see also clauses 15 and 12.4):

16.1 Law 16.1 – Start and Cessation Times

To be determined by BCCI subject to there being 2 sessions of 1 hour 25 minutes each (including 5 minutes of time-out), separated by a 20 minute interval between innings.

16.2 Minimum Over Rates
The minimum over rate to be achieved by the fielding Team in uninterrupted matches shall be such that, taking account of any allowances for actual playing time lost, the 20th over commences within 1 hour and 25 minutes (being 1 hour 20 minutes of playing time plus 5 minutes of time-out) of the start of the innings. For interrupted Matches where an innings is scheduled to be less than 20 overs, the minimum over rate shall be 15 overs per hour. The actual over rate will be calculated at the end of the match by the umpires.

In calculating the actual over rate for the match, adjustment should be made for any time-outs which do not occur and allowances will be given for the actual time lost as a result of any of the following:
(a) treatment given by authorised medical personnel to a player on the field of play;
(b) a player being required to leave the field of play as a result of a serious injury;
(c) all third umpire referrals and consultations;
(d) time wasting by the batting side;
(e) an allowance of 1 minute will be given for each of the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th wickets taken during an innings; and

(f) all other circumstances that are beyond the control of the fielding side.

In the event of any time allowances being granted to the fielding team under 16.2 (d) above (time wasting by batting team), then such time may, in the following circumstances, be deducted from the allowances granted to such batting team in the determination of its over rate. If, in the opinion and judgment of the umpires, there are repetitive stoppages caused by the batting side, the on field umpires should issue a first and final caution to the batsmen at the wicket. The fourth umpire should ensure that the batting captain (if not at the wicket) and the team manager are both aware of the warning. If further delays are caused by the batting side, the third umpire will make the appropriate adjustments (debits) to the over rate sheet for the current batting team’s bowling innings for its bowling over rate.
In addition to the allowances as provided for above, in the case of an innings that has been reduced due to any delay or interruption in play, an additional allowance of 1 minute for every full 3 overs by which the innings is reduced will be granted.
If a side is bowled out within the time determined for that innings pursuant to these playing conditions (taking into account all of the time allowances set out above), the fielding side will be deemed to have complied with the required minimum over rate.

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