9 PREPARATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE PLAYING AREA
The pitch shall not be rolled during the match except as permitted in clauses 9.1.1 and 9.1.2.
9.1.1 Frequency and duration of rolling
During the match the pitch may be rolled at the request of the captain of the side batting second, for a period of not more than 7 minutes, before the start of the second innings.
9.1.2 Rolling after a delayed start
In addition to the rolling permitted above, if, after the toss and before the first innings of the match, the start is delayed, the captain of the batting side may request that the pitch be rolled for not more than 7 minutes. However, if the umpires together agree that the delay has had no significant effect on the state of the pitch, they shall refuse such request for rolling of the pitch.9.1.3 Choice of rollers
If there is more than one roller available the captain of the batting side shall choose which one is to be used.
The following shall apply in addition to clause 9.1:
9.1.4 Prior to the scheduled time for the toss, the artificial drying of the pitch and outfield shall be at the discretion of the Ground Authority. Thereafter and throughout the match the drying of the outfield may be undertaken at any time by the Ground Authority, but the drying of the affected area of the pitch shall be carried out only on the instructions and under the supervision of the umpires. The umpires shall be empowered to have the pitch dried without reference to the captains at any time they are of the opinion that it is unfit for play.9.1.5 The umpires may instruct the Ground Authority to use any available equipment, including any roller for the purpose of drying the pitch and making it fit for play.
9.1.6 An absorbent roller may be used to remove water from the covers including the cover on the match pitch.
9.2 Clearing debris from the pitch
9.2.1 The pitch shall be cleared of any debris
126.96.36.199 between innings. This shall precede rolling if any is to take place.
9.2.2 The clearance of debris in clause9.2.1 shall be done by sweeping, except where the umpires consider that this may be detrimental to the surface of the pitch. In this case the debris must be cleared from that area by hand, without sweeping.
9.2.3 In addition to clause9.2.1, debris may be cleared from the pitch by hand, without sweepingand whenever either umpire considers it necessary.
9.3.1 Responsibility for mowing
188.8.131.52 All mowings which are carried out before the match shall be the soleresponsibility of the Ground Authority.
9.4 Watering the pitch
The pitch shall not be watered during the match.
9.5 Re-marking creases
Creases shall be re-marked whenever either umpire considers it necessary.
9.6 Maintenance of footholes
The umpires shall ensure that the holes made by the bowlers and batsmen are cleaned outand dried whenever necessary to facilitate play.
The umpires shall allow, if necessary, the returfingof footholes made by the bowlers in their delivery strides, or the use of quick-settingfillings for the same purpose.
In addition, the umpires shall see that wherever possible and whenever it is considered necessary, action is taken during all intervals in play to do whatever is practicable to improve the bowler’s footholes.
9.7 Securing of footholds and maintenance of pitch
During play, umpires shall allow the players to secure their footholds by the use of sawdustprovided that no damage to the pitch is caused and that clause41 (Unfair play) is notcontravened.
9.8 Protection and preparation of adjacent pitches during matches
The protection (by way of an appropriate cover) and preparation of pitches which are adjacent to the match pitch will be permitted during the match subject to the following:
9.8.1 Such measures will only be possible if requested by the Ground Authority and approved by the umpires before the start of the match.
9.8.2 Approval should only be granted where such measures are unavoidable and will not compromise the safety of the players or their ability to execute their actions with complete freedom.
9.8.3 The preparation work shall be carried out under the supervision of the fourth umpire.
9.8.4 The consent of the captains is not required but the umpires shall advise both captains and the IPL Match Referee before the start of the match on what has been agreed.