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3. Law 3 - The Umpires

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











2.1 Appointment and attendance

The following rules for the selection and appointment of umpires shall be followed as far as it is practicable to do so:
2.1.1 The umpires shall control the game as required by these Playing Conditions, with absolute impartiality and shall be present at the ground at least two hours before the scheduled start of play.2.1.2 BCCI shall establish a panel of umpires who shall be contracted to the BCCI and shall officiate at IPL Matches.
2.1.3 BCCI shall appoint both umpires to stand in each match. Such umpires shall be selected from the group referred to in paragraph 2.1.2
2.1.4 BCCI shall appoint a third umpire for each match who shall act as the emergency on-field umpire and officiate in regards to TV replays. Such appointments shall be selected from the group referred to in paragraph The playing conditions governing the use of the DRS and the third umpire are included in Appendix D.
2.1.5 BCCI shall also appoint a fourth umpire for eachmatch. The fourth umpire shall act as the emergency third umpire. Such appointments shall be selected from the group referred to in paragraph BCCI shall also appoint a match referee for all matches.
2.1.7 Neither team will have a right of objection to the appointment of any umpire or match referee.
2.2 Change of umpire
An umpire shall not be changed during the match, other than in exceptional circumstances, unless he / she is injured or ill. 2.3 Consultation with Relevant Ground Authority
Before the match the umpires shall consult with the relevant ground authority of the Venue to determine;2.3.1 the balls to be used during the match. See clause 4 (The ball).
2.3.2 the hours of play and the times and durations of any agreed intervals.2.3.3 which clock or watch and back-up time piece is to be used during the match.
2.3.4 the boundary of the field of play. See clause 19 (Boundaries).
2.3.5 the use of covers. See clause 10 (Covering the pitch).
2.3.6 any special conditions of play affecting the conduct of the match.inform the scorers of agreements in 2.3.2, 2.3.3, 2.3.4 and 2.3.6.
2.4 The wickets, creases and boundaries
Before the toss and during the match, the umpires shall satisfy themselves that
2.4.1 the wickets are properly pitched. See clause8 (The wickets).
2.4.2 the creases are correctly marked. See clause7 (The creases).
2.4.3 the boundary of the field of play complies with the requirements of clauses 19.1 (Determining the boundary of the field of play), 19.2 (Identifying and marking the boundary) and 19.3 (Restoring the boundary).2.5 Conduct of the match, implements and equipment
Before the toss and during the match, the umpires shall satisfy themselves that
2.5.1 the conduct of the match is strictly in accordance with these Playing Conditions.
2.5.2 the implements used in the match conform to the following2.5.2.1 clause4 (The ball). externally visible requirements of clause5 (The bat) and paragraph 1 of Appendix B. either clauses 8.2 (Size of stumps) and 8.3 (The bails).
2.5.3 no player uses equipment other than that permitted. See paragraph 2 of Appendix A. Note particularly therein the interpretation of ‘protective helmet’.
2.5.4 the wicket-keeper’s gloves comply with the requirements of clause27.2 (Gloves).
2.6 Fair and unfair play
The umpires shall be the sole judges of fair and unfair play.
2.7 Fitness for play2.7.1 It is solely for the umpires together to decide whether either conditions of ground, weather or light or exceptional circumstances mean that it would be dangerous or unreasonable for play to take place.Conditions shall not be regarded as either dangerous or unreasonable merelybecause they are not ideal.
The fact that the grass and the ball are wet does not warrant the ground conditionsbeing regarded as unreasonable or dangerous.
2.7.2 Conditions shall be regarded as dangerous if there is actual and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire.
2.7.3 Conditions shall be regarded as unreasonable if, although posing no risk to safety, it would not be sensible for play to proceed.
2.7.4 If the umpires consider the ground is so wet or slippery as to deprive the bowler of a reasonable foothold, the fielders of the power of free movement, or the batsmen of the ability to play their strokes or to run between the wickets, then these conditions shall be regarded as so bad that it would be dangerous and unreasonable for play to take place.2.8 Suspension of play in dangerous or unreasonable circumstances
2.8.1 All references to ground include the pitch. See clause6.1 (Area of pitch).
2.8.2 If at any time the umpires together agree that the conditions of ground, weather or light, or any other circumstances are dangerous or unreasonable, they shall immediately suspend play, or not allow play to start or to recommence. The decision as to whether conditions are so bad as to warrant such action is one for the umpires alone to make, following consultation with the IPL Match Referee.2.8.3 If circumstances are warranted, the umpires shall stop play and instruct the Ground Authority to take whatever action they can and use whatever equipment is necessary to remove as much dew as possible from the outfield when conditions become unreasonable or dangerous. The umpires may also instruct the ground staff to take such action during scheduled and unscheduled breaks in play.2.8.4 The umpires shall disregard any shadow on the pitch from the stadium or from any permanent object on the ground.
2.8.5 Light Meters
Light Meters are not used in IPL 
2.8.6 Use of artificial lights
For the afternoon matches,IPL Match Referee andUmpires in consultation with the relevant ground authority will decide when the artificial lights will be switchedon.
However in the opinion of the Umpires, Natural light is deteriorating to an unsafe level, they willauthorise the lights to be switched on earlier.
For the night matches, IPL Match Referee andUmpires in consultation with the relevant ground authority will decide when the artificial lights will be switchedon at a suitable time before the toss.
In the event of power failure or lights malfunction, the provisions relating to the delay or interruption of play due to bad weather apply.
2.8.7 When there is a suspension of play, it is the responsibility of the umpires to monitor conditions. They shall make inspections as often as appropriate, unaccompanied by any players or officials. Immediately the umpires together agree that the conditions are no longer dangerous or unreasonable they shall call upon the players to resume play.2.8.8 The safety of all persons within the ground is of paramount importance to the IPL. In the event that of any threatening circumstance, whether actual or perceived (including for example weather, pitch invasions, act of God, etc.), then the umpires, on the advice of the IPL Match Referee, should suspend play and all players and officials should immediately be asked to leave the field of play in a safe and orderly manner and to relocate to a secure and safe area (depending on each particular threat) pending the satisfactory passing or resolution of such threat or risk to the reasonable satisfaction of the umpires, IPL Match Referee, the head of the relevant Ground Authority, the head of ground security and/or the police as the circumstances may require.2.8.9 Where play is suspended under clause 2.8.8 above the decision to abandon or resume play shall be the responsibility of the IPL Match Referee who shall act only after consultation with the head of ground security and the police.2.9 Position of umpires
The umpires shall stand where they can best see any act upon which their decision may be required.
Subject to this over-riding consideration, the bowler’s end umpire shall stand in a position so as not to interfere with either the bowler’s run-up or the striker’s view.
The striker’s end umpire may elect to stand on the off side instead of the on side of the pitch, provided he informs the captain of the fielding side, the striker and the other umpire.2.10 Umpires changing ends
Shall not apply.
2.11 Disagreement and dispute
Where there is disagreement or dispute about any matter, the umpires together shall make the final decision. See also clause31.6 (Consultation by umpires).
2.12 Umpire’s decision
An umpire may alter any decision provided that such alteration is made promptly. This apart, an umpire’s decision, once made, is final.
2.13 Signals
2.13.1 The following code of signals shall be used by umpires. Signals made while the ball is in play
No ball - by extending one arm horizontally.
Out - by raising an index finger above the head. (If not out, the umpire shall call Not out.)
Wide - by extending both arms horizontally.
Dead ball - by crossing and re-crossing the wrists below the waist. When the ball is dead, the bowler’s end umpire shall repeat the signals in clause, with the exception of the signal for Out, to the scorers. The signals listed below shall be made to the scorers only when the ball is dead.
Boundary 4 - by waving an arm from side to side finishing with the arm across the chest
Boundary 6 - by raising both arms above the head.
Bye - by raising an open hand above the head.
Five Penalty runs awarded to the batting side - by repeated tapping of one shoulder with the opposite hand.
Five Penalty runs awarded to the fielding side - by placing one hand on the opposite shoulder.
Leg bye - by touching a raised knee with the hand.
Revoke last signal - by touching both shoulders, each with the opposite hand.
Short run - by bending one arm upwards and touching the nearer shoulder with the tips of the fingers.
Free Hit – after signaling the no ball, the bowler’s end umpire extends one arm straight upwards and moves it in a circular motion.
Time Out – by tapping the raised wrist All the signals in clause2.13.1.3 are to be made by the bowler’s end umpire except that for Short run, which is to be signalled by the umpire at the end where short running occurs. However, the bowler’s end umpire shall be responsible both for the final signal of Short run to the scorers and, if more than one run is short, for informing them as to the number of runs to be recorded.2.13.2 The umpire shall wait until each signal to the scorers has been separately acknowledged by a scorer before allowing play to proceed.
If several signals are to be used, they should be given in the order that the events occurred.2.14 Informing the umpires
Wherever the umpires are to receive information from captains or other players under these Playing Conditions, it will be sufficient for one umpire to be so informed and for him/her to inform the other umpire.2.15 Correctness of scores
Consultation between umpires and scorers on doubtful points is essential. The umpires shall, throughout the match, satisfy themselves as to the correctness of the number of runs scored, the wickets that have fallen and, where appropriate, the number of overs bowled.The umpires shall ensure that they are able to contact the scorers at any time during the match and at its conclusion to address any issues relating to the correctness of scores.