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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











6.1 Area of pitch The pitch is a rectangular area of the ground 22 yards/20.12 m in length and 10 ft/3.05 m in width. It is bounded at either end by the bowling creases and on either side by imaginary lines, one each side of the imaginary line joining the centres of the two middle stumps, each parallel to it and 5 ft/1.52 m from it. See clauses 8.1 (Description, width and pitching) and 7.2 (The bowling crease).6.2 Fitness of pitch for play

The umpires shall be the sole judges of the fitness of the pitch for play. See clauses 2.7 (Fitness for play) and 2.8 (Suspension of play in dangerous or unreasonable conditions).6.3 Selection and preparation

Before the match, the Ground Authority shall be responsible for the selection and preparation of the pitch. During the match, the umpires shall control its use and maintenance.

6.3.1 The Ground Authority 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).6.3.2 The fourth umpire shall ensure that, prior to the start of play and during any intervals, only authorised 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: Only captains and team coaches may walk on the actual playing surface of the pitch area (outside of the crease markings). 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. No spiked footwear shall be permitted. 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. Access shall not interfere with pitch preparation.

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

6.4 Changing the pitch

6.4.1 If the on-field umpires decide that it is dangerous or unreasonable for play to continue on the match pitch, they shall stop play and immediately advise the IPL Match Referee.6.4.2 The on-field umpires and the IPL Match Referee shall then consult with both captains.6.4.3 If the captains agree to continue, play shall resume.6.4.4 If 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.6.4.5 If the decision is that the existing pitch cannot be repaired, then the match is to be abandoned with the following consequences: 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 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.6.4.6 If the abandonment occurs on the day of the match, the IPL Match Referee

shall consult with the BCCI with the objective of finding a way for a new match (including a new nomination of teams and toss) to commence on the same date and venue. Such 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 IPLstandard. 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 clause If it is not possible to start 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.6.4.8 Throughout 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.6.5 Non-turf

pitches All IPLmatches shall be played on natural turf pitches. The use of PVA and other adhesives in the preparation of pitches is not permitted.7 THE CREASES7.1 The creasesThe positions of a bowling crease, a popping crease and two return creases shall be marked by white lines, as set out in clauses 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4, at each end of the pitch. See paragraph 1 of Appendix C.7.2 The bowling creaseThe bowling crease, which is the back edge of the crease marking, is the line that marks the end of the pitch, as in clause6.1 (Area of pitch). It shall be 8 ft 8 in/2.64 m in length.7.3 The popping creaseThe popping crease, which is the back edge of the crease marking, shall be in front of and parallel to the bowling crease and shall be 4 ft/1.22 m from it. The popping crease shall be marked to a minimum of 15 yards/13.71 m on either side of the imaginary line joining the centres of the two middle stumps and shall be considered to be unlimited in length.7.4 The return creasesThe return creases, which are the inside edges of the crease markings, shall be at right angles to the popping crease at a distance of 4 ft 4 in/1.32 m either side of the imaginary line joining the centres of the two middle stumps. Each return crease shall be marked from the popping crease to a minimum of 8 ft/2.44 m behind it and shall be considered to be unlimited in length.7.5 Additional Crease MarkingsAs a guideline to the umpires for the calling of wides on the offside, the crease markings detailed in paragraph 1 of Appendix C shall be marked in white at each end of the pitch.