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7. Law 7 - The Pitch

1. Law 1 - The Players

2. Law 2 - Substitutes and Runners, Batsman or Fielder Leaving the Field, Batsman Retiring, Batsman Commencing Innings

3. Law 3 - The Umpires

4. Law 4 - The Scorers

5. Law 5 - The Ball

6. Law 6 - The Bat

7. Law 7 - The Pitch

8. Law 8 - The Wickets

9. Law 9 - The Bowling, Popping and Return Creases

10. Law 10 - Preparation and Maintenance of the Playing Area

11. Law 11 - Covering the Pitch

12. Law 12 - Innings

13. Law 13 - The Follow-on

14. Law 14 - Declaration and Forfeiture

15. Law 15 - Intervals

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

17. Law 17 - Practice on the Field

18. Law 18 - Scoring Runs

19. Law 19 - Boundaries

20. Law 20 - Lost Ball

21. Law 21 - The Result

22. Law 22 - The Over

23. Law 23 - Dead Ball

24. Law 24 - No Ball

25. Law 25 - Wide Ball

26. Law 26 - Bye and Leg Bye

27. Law 27 - Appeals

28. Law 28 - The Wicket is Down

29. Law 29 - Batsman out of His Ground

30. Law 30 - Bowled

31. Law 31 - Timed Out

32. Law 32 - Caught

33. Law 33 - Handled the Ball

34. Law 34 - Hit the Ball Twice

35. Law 35 - Hit Wicket

36. Law 36 - Leg Before Wicket

37. Law 37 - Obstructing the Field

38. Law 38 - Run Out

39. Law 39 - Stumped

40. Law 40 - The Wicket-Keeper

41. Law 41 - Fielder

42. Law 42 - Fair and Unfair Play











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.

7.1.3In the event of any dispute, the IPL Match Referee will rule and his ruling will be final.

7.2Law 7.4 - Changing the pitch

Law 7.4 shall be replaced by the following:

7.2.1In 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.

7.2.3If the captains agree to continue, play shall resume.

7.2.4If 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.

7.2.5If 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.

7.2.6If 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.

7.2.7Such 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.

7.2.8If 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.

7.2.9Throughout 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.

7.3Law 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.