These playing conditions are applicable to all Twenty20 Internationals from 1st October 2009 and supersede the previous version dated 1st October 2008. Included in this version are amendments to clauses 1.2, 1.3, 2.1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.7.3, 11.3, 12.4.2, 15.1, 15.2, 17.1, 19.1, 21.4, 29, 41.2, 42.4.2, 42.6, Appendices 1, 2, 3, 8 and a new clause 3.10.
Except as varied hereunder the Laws of Cricket (2000 Code 3rd Edition – 2008) shall apply.
Note: All references to ‘Governing Body’ within the Laws of Cricket shall be replaced by ‘ICC Match Referee’.
- 1.1 Law 1.1 – Number of PlayersLaw 1.1 shall be replaced by the following:A match is played between two sides. Each side shall consist of 11 players, one of whom shall be captain.
- 1.2 Law 1.2 – Nomination of PlayersLaw 1.2 shall be replaced by the following:
- 1.2.1 Each captain shall nominate 11 players plus a maximum of 4 substitute fielders in writing to the ICC Match Referee before the toss. No player (member of the playing eleven) may be changed after the nomination without the consent of the opposing captain.
- 1.2.2 Only those nominated as substitute fielders shall be entitled to act as substitute fielders during the match, unless the match referee, in exceptional circumstances, allows subsequent additions.
- 1.2.3 All those nominated including those nominated as substitute fielders, must be eligible to play for that particular team and by such nomination the nominees shall warrant that they are so eligible.
- 1.2.4 In addition, by their nomination, the nominees shall be deemed to have agreed to abide by all the applicable ICC Regulations pertaining to international cricket and in particular, the Clothing and Equipment Regulations, the Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel (hereafter referred to as the ICC Code of Conduct), the Anti-Racism Code for Players and Player Support Personnel, the Anti-Doping Code and the Anti-Corruption Code.
- 1.3 Law 1.3 – CaptainThe following shall apply in addition to Law 1.3 (a):The deputy must be one of the nominated members of the playing eleven.
Law 2 shall apply subject to the following:
- 2.1 Law 2.5 – Fielder absent or leaving the fieldLaw 2.5 shall be replaced by the following:If a fielder fails to take the field with his side at the start of the match or at any later time, or leaves the field during a session of play, the umpire shall be informed of the reason for his absence, and he shall not thereafter come on to the field during a session of play without the consent of the umpire. (See Law 2.6 as modified). The umpire shall give such consent as soon as practicable.If the player is absent from the field for longer than 8 minutes:
- 2.1.1 the player shall not be permitted to bowl in that innings after his return until he has been on the field for at least that length of playing time for which he was absent.
- 2.1.2 the player shall not be permitted to bat unless or until, in the aggregate, he has returned to the field and/or his side’s innings has been in progress for at least that length of playing time for which he has been absent or, if earlier, when his side has lost five wickets.The restriction in Clauses 2.1.1 and 2.1.2 above shall not apply if the player has suffered an external blow (as opposed to an internal injury such as a pulled muscle) whilst participating earlier in the match and consequently been forced to leave the field. Nor shall it apply if the player has been absent for very exceptional and wholly acceptable reasons (other than injury or illness).In the event of a fieldsman already being off the field at the commencement of an interruption in play through ground, weather or light conditions or for other exceptional circumstances, he shall be allowed to count any such stoppage time as playing time, provided that he personally informs the umpires when he is fit enough to take the field had play been in progress.
- 2.1.3 Substitute fielders shall only be permitted in cases of injury, illness or other wholly acceptable reasons. ‘Wholly acceptable reasons’ should be limited to extreme circumstances and should not include what is commonly referred to as a ‘comfort break’.Note: Squad members of the fielding team who are not playing in the match and who are not acting as substitute fielders shall be required to wear a team training bib whilst on the playing area (including the area between the boundary and the perimeter fencing).
- 3.1 Law 3.1 – Appointment and attendanceLaw 3.1 shall be replaced by the following:The following rules for the selection and appointment of umpires shall be followed as far as it is practicable to do so:
- 3.1.1 The umpires shall control the game as required by the Laws (as read with these playing conditions), with absolute impartiality and shall be present at the ground at least two hours before the scheduled start of play.
- 3.1.2 ICC shall establish an ‘Elite Panel’ of umpires who shall be contracted to the ICC.
- 3.1.3 Each Full Member country shall nominate from its panel of first class umpires two umpires to an ‘International Panel’ and one umpire to a ‘TV Panel’. (A third umpire may be nominated to the ‘International Panel’ with the written consent of the ICC).
- 3.1.4 The Home Board shall appoint both umpires to stand in each Twenty20 match. Such umpires shall be selected from the ‘Elite Panel’ or the ‘International Panel’.
- 3.1.5 The Home Board shall appoint a third umpire for each Twenty20 match who shall act as the emergency umpire and officiate in regard to TV replays. Such appointment must be made from the ‘International Panel’ or the ‘TV Panel’.
- 3.1.6 The Home Board shall also appoint a fourth umpire for each Twenty20 match from its panel of first class umpires. The fourth umpire shall act as the emergency third umpire.
- 3.1.7 Neither team will have a right of objection to an umpire’s appointment.
- 3.2 Third Umpires / Umpire Decision Referral/Consultation systemThe following shall apply in addition to Clause 3.1:
- 3.2.1 General
- Save with the express written consent of the Chief Executive Officer of the ICC and subject to Clause 3.2.1 (e) hereunder, the Home Board shall ensure the live television broadcast of all Twenty20 International matches played in its country.
- Where consent has been granted for the matches not to be broadcast, the home Board shall still be required to ensure that the television camera specifications set out in Appendix 7 are provided as a minimum requirement.
- In all other matches, the home Board is required to ensure that the television camera specifications set out in Appendix 6 are provided as a minimum requirement.
- In addition, the home Board is to ensure that a separate room is provided for the third umpire and that he has access to a television monitor and direct sound link with the television control unit director to facilitate the referral and/or consultation process referred to in clauses 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 3.2.4 and 3.2.5 below.
- The provisions of Clauses (a), (b), (c) and (d) above shall not apply for series between a Full Member country and Associate Member countries (whose matches have been granted ODI status) and for series between such Associate Member countries.
- In the circumstances detailed in Clauses 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 3.2.4 and 3.2.5 below, the on-field umpire has the discretion whether or not to refer the appeal to the third umpire for a decision or, in the case of 126.96.36.199, to consult with the third umpire before making the decision and should take a common sense approach. Players may not appeal to the umpire to use the referral/consultation system – breach of this provision would constitute dissent and the player could be liable for discipline under the ICC Code of Conduct.
- The third umpire shall call for as many replays from any camera angle as is necessary to reach a decision. As a guide, a decision should be made within 30 seconds whenever possible, but the third umpire shall have a discretion to take more time in order to finalise a decision if necessary.
- 3.2.2 Run O ut, Stumping and Hit Wicket Decisions
- The on-field umpire shall be entitled to refer an appeal for a run-out, stumping or hit-wicket to the third umpire.
- An on-field umpire wishing to refer a decision to the third umpire shall signal to the third umpire by making the shape of a TV screen with his hands.
- If the third umpire decides the batsman is out a red light is displayed; a green light means not-out. Should the third umpire be temporarily unable to respond, a white light (where available) will remain illuminated throughout the period of interruption to signify to the on-field umpires that the TV replay system is temporarily unavailable, in which case the decision will be taken by the on-field umpire. (Where available and as an alternative to the red/green light system, the big replay screen may be used for the purpose of conveying the third umpire’s decision).
- When reviewing the TV replay(s), if the third umpire finds the batsman has been bowled rather than hit wicket or stumped, he shall indicate that the batsman was dismissed.
- 3.2.3 Caught DecisionsThe on-field umpire shall be entitled to refer an appeal for a caught decision to the third umpire in the following circumstances:188.8.131.52 Clean catches
- Should the bowler’s end umpire be unable to decide whether or not a catch was taken cleanly, he shall first consult with the square leg umpire.
- Should both umpires be unable to make a decision, they may consult by two-way radio with the 3rd umpire. Following such consultation, the final decision will be made and given by the bowler’s end umpire, who will take into account the on-field umpires’ initial views and any other advice received from the 3rd umpire.
- The third umpire has to determine whether the batsman has been caught. However, when reviewing the television replay(s), if it is clear to the third umpire that the batsman did not hit the ball, he shall indicate that the batsman is not out.
- 184.108.40.206 Bump Ball
- Should the bowler’s end umpire be unable to decide whether a catch was taken from a bump ball or not, he shall first consult with the square leg umpire.
- Should both on-field umpires be unable to make a decision, the bowler’s end umpire shall be entitled to refer the decision to the third umpire to review a TV replay(s) of the batsman’s stroke as in Clause 3.2.2 (b).
- The third umpire has to determine whether the ball was a bump ball or not. However, when reviewing the television replays(s), if it is clear to the third umpire that the batsman did not hit the ball he shall indicate that the batsman is not out.
- The third umpire shall communicate his decision by the system as in Clause 3.2.2 (c).
- 3.2.4 Boundary Decisions
- The on-field umpire shall be entitled to refer to the third umpire for a decision about whether the fieldsman had any part of his person in contact with the ball when he touched the boundary or when he had any part of his person grounded beyond the boundary, or whether a four or six had been scored. A decision is to be made immediately and cannot be changed thereafter.
- An on-field umpire wishing the assistance of the third umpire in these circumstances shall communicate with the third umpire by use of a two-way radio and the third umpire will convey his decision to the on-field umpire by this method.
- The third umpire may initiate contact with the on-field umpire by two-way radio if TV coverage shows a boundary line infringement or incident that appears not to have been acted upon by the on-field umpires.
- 3.2.5 Batsmen Running to the Same End
- In the event of both batsmen running to the same end and the umpires are uncertain over which batsmen made his ground first, the on-field umpire may refer the decision to the third umpire.
- The procedure in Clause 3.2.4 (b) shall apply.
- 3.2.1 General
- 3.3 Law 3.2 – Change of UmpireThe following shall apply in place of Law 3.2:3.3.1 An umpire shall not be changed during the match, other than in exceptional circumstances, unless he is injured or ill.
- 3.4 Law 3.4 – To inform captains and scorersIn addition to Law 3.4 (i)The host country may provide for the ringing of a bell, which shall be rung 5 minutes before the termination of an interval, when the umpires shall go to the wickets. The host country shall inform the visiting country at the start of the tour that this practice is to be adopted.
- 3.5 Law 3.8 – Fitness of Ground, Weather and Light and Law 3.9 – Suspension of play for adverse conditions of ground, weather or lightLaws 3.8 and 3.9 shall apply subject to the following:
- 3.5.1 The safety of all persons within the ground is of paramount importance to the ICC. In the event that any threatening circumstance, whether actual or perceived, comes to the attention of any umpire (including for example weather, pitch invasions, act of God, etc. See also 3.6), then the 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, ICC Match Referee, the head of the relevant ground authority, the head of ground security and/or the police as the circumstances may require. See also clause 3.6 below.Laws 3.8 & 3.9 shall be replaced by:
- 3.5.2 The umpires shall be the final judges of the fitness of the ground, weather and light for play. See 3.5.3 below and Law 7.2 (Fitness of the pitch for play).
- 3.5.3 Suspension of play for adverse conditions of ground, weather or light
- All references to ground include the pitch. See Law 7.1 (Area of pitch).
- If at any time the umpires together agree that the conditions of ground, weather or light are so bad that there is obvious and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire, so that it would be unreasonable or dangerous for play to take place, then they shall immediately suspend play, or not allow play to commence or to restart. The decision as to whether conditions are so bad as to warrant such action is one for the umpires alone to make.The fact that the grass and the ball are wet and slippery does not warrant the ground conditions being regarded as unreasonable or dangerous. 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 unreasonable for play to take place.The Umpires shall disregard any shadow on the pitch from the stadium or from any permanent object on the ground.
- When there is a suspension of play it is the responsibility of the umpires to monitor the conditions. They shall make inspections as often as appropriate. Immediately the umpires together agree that conditions are suitable for play they shall call upon the players to resume the game.
- If play is in progress up to the start of an agreed interval then it will resume after the interval unless the umpires together agree that the conditions of ground, weather or light are so bad that there is obvious and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire, so that it would be unreasonable or dangerous for play to take place.
- 3.6 Law 3.10 Exceptional Circumstances.The following shall apply in addition to Law 3.10:
- 3.6.1 Play may be suspended due to safety and security concerns by the umpires on the advice of the ICC Match Referee, the head of the relevant ground authority, the head of ground security or the police.
- 3.6.2 Where play is suspended under Clause 3.6.1 above the decision to abandon or resume play shall be the responsibility of the ICC Match Referee who shall act only after consultation with the head of ground security and the police.
- 3.7 Light Meters
- 3.7.1 It is the responsibility of the ICC to supply light meters to the match officials to be used in accordance with these playing conditions.
- 3.7.2 All light meters shall be uniformly calibrated.
- 3.7.3 The umpires shall be entitled to use light meter readings as a guideline for determining whether the light is fit for play in accordance with the criteria set out in clause 3.5.3 (b) above.
- 3.7.4 Light meter readings may accordingly be used by the umpires:
- To determine whether there has been at any stage a deterioration or improvement in the light.
- As benchmarks for the remainder of a stoppage, match and/or series/event.
- 3.8 Use of artificial lightsIn the event of power failure or lights malfunction, the provisions relating to the delay or interruption of play due to bad weather or light shall apply.
- 3.9 Day Night matches3.9.1 Pads and players’ and umpires’ clothing shall be coloured.3.9.2 Sight screens will be black.
- 3.10 Advertising on grounds, perimeter boards and sightscreens
- 3.10.1 Advertising on groundsThe logos on outfields are to be positioned as follows:
- Behind the stumps – a minimum of 25.15 yards (23 meters) from the stumps.
- Midwicket/cover area – no advertising to be positioned within the 30 yard (27.50 meters) circle.Note: Advertising closer to the stumps as set out above which is required to meet 3D requirements for broadcasters may be permitted, subject to prior ICC approval having been obtained.
- 3.10.1 Advertising on groundsThe logos on outfields are to be positioned as follows:
- 3.10.2 Perimeter Boards
- Advertising on perimeter boards placed in front of the sightscreens is permitted save that the predominant colour of such advertising shall be of a contrasting colour to that of the ball.
- Advertising on perimeter boards behind the stumps at both ends shall not contain moving, flashing or flickering images and operators should ensure that the images are only changed or moved at a time that will not be distracting to the players or the umpires.
- In addition, the brightness of any electronic images shall be set at a level so that it is not a distraction to the players or umpires.
- 3.10.3 Sightscreens
- Sightscreens shall be provided at both ends of all grounds.
- Advertising shall be permitted on the sightscreen behind the striker, providing it is removed for the subsequent over from that end.
- Such advertising shall not contain flashing or flickering images and particular care should be taken by the operators that the advertising is not changed at a time which is distracting to the umpire.
- 4.1 Law 4.2 – Correctness of scoresAttention is drawn to Clause 21
- 5.1 Law 5.2 – Approval and control of ballsLaw 5.2 shall be replaced by the following:The Home Board shall provide cricket balls of an approved standard for Twenty20 cricket and spare used balls for changing during a match, which shall also be of the same brand. Note: The Home Board shall be required to advise the visiting Boards of the brand of ball to be used in the match(es) at least 30 days prior to the start of the match(es).The fielding captain or his nominee may select the ball with which he wishes to bowl from the supply provided by the Home Board. The fourth umpire shall take a box containing at least 6 new balls to the dressing room and supervise the selection of the ball.The umpires shall retain possession of the match ball(s) throughout the duration of the match when play is not actually taking place. During play umpires shall periodically and irregularly inspect the condition of the ball and shall retain possession of it at the fall of a wicket or any other disruption in play. Where day/night matches are scheduled in a series white balls will be used in all matches (including day matches). Each fielding team shall have one new ball for its innings.
- 5.2 Law 5.4 – New ball in match of more than one day’s durationLaw 5.4 shall not apply.
- 5.3 Law 5.5 – Ball lost or becoming unfit for playLaw 5.5 shall be replaced by the following:
- 5.3.1 In the event of a ball during play being lost or in the opinion of the umpires, being unfit for play through normal use, the umpires shall allow it to be replaced by one that in their opinion has had a similar amount of wear.
- 5.3.2 In the event of the ball becoming wet and soggy as a result of play continuing in inclement weather or it being affected by dew, or a white ball becoming significantly discoloured and in the opinion of the umpires being unfit for play, the ball may be replaced for a ball that has similar amount of wear, even though it has not gone out of shape.
- 5.3.3 If the ball is to be replaced, the umpire shall inform the batsman. Either batsman or bowler may raise the matter with the umpires and the umpires’ decision as to a replacement or otherwise will be final.
- 5.4 Law 5.6 – SpecificationsLaw 5.6 shall not apply.
The following shall apply in addition to Law 6:
Only Grade A bats shall be used in Twenty20 International matches.
- 7.1 Law 7.3 – Selection and preparation
- 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 ICC 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).
- 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.
- 7.1.3 In the event of any dispute, the ICC Match Referee will rule and his ruling will be final.
- 7.2 Law 7.4 – Changing the pitchLaw 7.4 shall be replaced by the following:
- 7.2.1 In 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 ICC Match Referee.
- 7.2.2 The on-field umpires and ICC Match Referee shall consult with both captains.
- 7.2.3 If the captains agree to continue, play shall resume.
- 7.2.4 If the decision is not to resume play, the on-field umpires shall consider one of the options in the following sequence:
- whether the existing pitch can be repaired. Repair work will only be considered if there has been malicious damage to a non-crucial part of the pitch;
- whether the alternative pitch can be used;
- whether the match has to be abandoned.
- 7.2.5 When such a decision is made, the ground authority shall make a public announcement as soon as possible following that decision.
- 7.2.6 In the event of a decision being taken in favour of Clauses 7.2.4 (a) or 7.2.4 (b) above, the supervision of the remedial or new preparatory work shall be the responsibility of the on-field umpires and the representative of the ground authority.
- 7.2.7 The rescheduled starting time and the rescheduled cessation time, together with any make-up procedures herein provided, shall be the responsibility of the on-field umpires.
- 7.2.8 In the event that the existing pitch can be made playable after suitable remedial work in Clause 7.2.4 (a) above, the match shall continue from the point stopped.
- 7.2.9 If a new pitch is prepared as in Clause 7.2.4 (b) above, the match shall be restarted from the first ball (but see Clause 7.2.7 above).
- 7.2.10 If the decision is to abandon the match as in Clause 7.2.4 (c) above, the relevant officials from the Boards involved shall agree on whether the match can be replayed within the existing tour schedule.
- 7.3 Law 7.5 – Non-turf pitchesLaw 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.
- 8.1 Law 8.2 – Size of stumpsThe following shall apply in addition to Law 8.2:For televised matches the Home Board may provide a slightly larger cylindrical stump to accommodate the stump camera. When the larger stump is used, all three stumps must be exactly the same size.
- 9.1 Law 9.3 – The Popping CreaseLaw 9.3 shall apply, except that the reference to ‘a minimum of 6 ft’ shall be replaced by ‘a minimum of 15 yards (13.71 metres)’.
- 9.2 Additional Crease MarkingsThe following shall apply in addition to Law 9:As a guideline to the umpires for the calling of wides on the offside the crease markings detailed in Appendix 4 shall be marked in white at each end of the pitch.
- 10.1 Law 10.1 – RollingThe following shall apply in addition to Law 10.1:
- 10.1.1 Prior to tossing for choice of innings the artificial drying of the pitch and outfield shall be at the discretion of the groundsman. Thereafter and throughout the match the drying of the outfield may be undertaken at any time by the groundsman, 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.
- 10.1.2 The umpires may instruct the groundsman to use any available equipment, including any roller for the purpose of drying the pitch and making it fit for play.
- 10.1.3 An absorbent roller may be used to remove water from the covers including the cover on the match pitch.
- 10.2 Law 10.6 – Maintenance of footholesThe following shall apply in addition to Law 10.6: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 foot holes.
- 11.1 Law 11.1 – Before the matchThe following shall apply in addition to Law 11.1:The pitch shall be entirely protected against rain up to commencement of play.
- 11.2 Law 11.2 – During the matchLaw 11.2 shall be replaced by the following:The pitch shall be entirely protected against rain up to the commencement of play and for the duration of the period of the match.The covers must totally protect the pitch and also the pitch surroundings, a minimum 5 metres either side of the pitch and any worn or soft areas in the outfield.
- 11.3 Law 11.3 – Covering bowlers’ run upsLaw 11.3 shall be replaced by the following:The bowler’s run-ups shall be covered in inclement weather, in order to keep them dry, to a distance of at least 10 x 10 metres.
- 11.4 Law 11.4 – Removal of coversLaw 11.4 shall be replaced by the following:The covers shall be removed no earlier than 5.00am and no later than 7.00am (7.00am and 9.00am for day/night matches) on the morning of the match provided it is not raining at the time, but they will be replaced if rain falls prior to the commencement of playAttention is drawn to Clause 3.5.
Law 12 shall apply subject to the following (see also clauses 15 and 16 below):
- 12.1 Law 12.1 – Number of inningsLaw 12.1 shall be replaced by the following:All matches will consist of one innings per side, each innings being limited to a maximum of 20 overs. All matches shall be of one day’s scheduled duration.
- 12.2 Law 12.2 – Alternate inningsLaw 12.2 shall not apply.
- 12.3 Law 12.3 – Completed inningsLaws 12.3 (c), (d) and (e) (iii) shall not apply.
- 12.4 Length of Innings
- 12.4.1 Uninterrupted Matches.
- Each team shall bat for 20 overs unless all out earlier.
- If the team fielding first fails to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled time for cessation of the first innings, play shall continue until the required number of overs has been bowled. The interval shall not be extended and the second session shall commence at the schedule time. The team batting second shall receive its full quota of 20 overs irrespective of the number of overs it bowled in the scheduled time for the cessation of the first innings.
- If the team batting first is dismissed in less than 20 overs, the team batting second shall be entitled to bat for 20 overs.
- If the team fielding second fails to bowl 20 overs by the scheduled cessation time, the hours of play shall be extended until the required number of overs has been bowled or a result is achieved.
- Penalties shall apply for slow over rates (refer ICC Code of Conduct).
- 12.4.2 Delayed or Interrupted Matches
- Delay or Interruption to the Innings of the Team Batting First (see Appendix 2)
- When playing time has been lost the revised number of overs to be bowled in the match shall be based on a rate of 15 overs per hour in the total time available for play.
- The revision of the number of overs should ensure, whenever possible, that both teams have the opportunity of batting for the same number of overs. The team batting second shall not bat for a greater number of overs than the first team unless the latter completed its innings in less than its allocated overs. To constitute a match, a minimum of 5 overs have to be bowled to the side batting second, subject to the innings not being completed earlier.
- As soon as the total minutes of playing time remaining is less than the completed overs faced by Team 1 multiplied by 4, then the first innings is terminated and the provisions of 12.4.2 b) below take effect.
- A fixed time will be specified for the commencement of the interval, and also the close of play for the match, by applying a rate of 15 overs per hour. When calculating the length of playing time available for the match, or the length of either innings, the timing and duration of all relative delays, extensions in playing hours, interruptions in play, and the interval will be taken into consideration. This calculation must not cause the match to finish earlier than the original time for cessation of play on the final scheduled day for play. If required the original time shall be extended to allow for one extra over for each team.
- If the team fielding first fails to bowl the revised number of overs by the specified time, play shall continue until the required number of overs have been bowled or the innings is completed.
- Penalties shall apply for slow over rates (refer to ICC Code of Conduct).
- Delay or Interruption to the Innings of the Team Batting First (see Appendix 2)
- Delay or Interruption to the innings of the Team Batting Second (see Appendix 3)
- When playing time has been lost and, as a result, it is not possible for the team batting second to have the opportunity of receiving its allocated, or revised allocation of overs in the playing time available, the number of overs shall be reduced at a rate of 15 overs per hour in respect of the lost playing time. Should the calculations result in a fraction of an over the fraction shall be ignored.
- In addition, should the innings of the team batting first have been completed prior to the scheduled, or re-scheduled time for the commencement of the interval, then any calculation relating to the revision of overs shall not be effective until an amount of time equivalent to that by which the second innings started early has elapsed.
- To constitute a match, a minimum of 5 overs have to be bowled to the team batting second subject to the innings not being completed earlier.
- The team batting second shall not bat for a greater number of overs than the first team unless the latter completed its innings in less than its allocated overs.
- A fixed time will be specified for the close of play by applying a rate of 15 overs per hour. The timing and duration of all relative delays, extensions in playing hours and interruptions in play, will be taken into consideration in specifying this time.
- If the team fielding second fails to bowl the revised overs by the scheduled or re-scheduled close of play, the hours of play shall be extended until the overs have been bowled or a result achieved.
- Penalties shall apply for slow over rates (refer ICC Code of Conduct).
- 12.4.1 Uninterrupted Matches.
- 12.5 Extra TimeThe participating countries may agree to provide for extra time where the start of play is delayed or play is suspended.
- 12.6 Number of O vers per BowlerNo bowler shall bowl more than 4 overs in an innings.In a delayed or interrupted match where the overs are reduced for both teams or for the team bowling second, no bowler may bowl more than one-fifth of the total overs allowed.Where the total overs is not divisible by 5, one additional over shall be allowed to the maximum number per bowler necessary to make up the balance.In the event of a bowler breaking down and being unable to complete an over, the remaining balls will be allowed by another bowler. Such part of an over will count as a full over only in so far as each bowler’s limit is concerned.The scoreboard shall show the total number of overs bowled and the number of overs bowled by each bowler.
Law 13 shall not apply.
Law 14 shall not apply.
Law 15 shall apply subject to the following:
- 15.1 Law 15.5 – Changing agreed times for intervals – Interval between InningsIf the innings of the team batting first is completed prior to the scheduled time for the interval, the interval shall take place immediately and the innings of the team batting second will commence correspondingly earlier. In circumstances where the side bowling first has not completed the allotted number of overs by the scheduled or re-scheduled cessation time for the first innings, the umpires shall reduce the length of the interval by the amount of time that the first innings over-ran. The minimum time for the interval will be 10 minutes.However, following a lengthy delay or interruption prior to the completion of the innings of the team batting first, the Match Referee may, at his discretion, reduce the interval between innings from 20 minutes to not less than 10 minutes.Such discretion should only be exercised after determining the adjusted overs per side based on a 20 minute interval. If having exercised this discretion, the rescheduled finishing time for the match is earlier than the latest possible finishing time, then these minutes should be deducted from the length of any interruption during the second innings before determining the overs remaining.
- 15.2 Law 15.9 – Intervals for drinksNo drinks intervals shall be permitted.An individual player may be given a drink either on the boundary edge or at the fall of a wicket, on the field, provided that no playing time is wasted. No other drinks shall be taken onto the field without the permission of the umpires. Any player taking drinks onto the field shall be dressed in proper cricket attire (subject to the wearing of bibs – refer to the note in clause 2.1.3).
Law 16 shall apply subject to the following (see also clauses 15 and 12.4):
- 16.1 Law 16.1 – Start and Cessation TimesTo be determined by the Home Board subject to there being 2 sessions of 1 hour 20 minutes each, separated by a 20 minute interval between innings.
- 17.1 Law 17.1 – Practice on the fieldLaw 17.1 shall apply subject to the following:
- The use of the square for practice on any day of any match will be restricted to any netted practice area or bowling strips specifically prepared on the edge of the square for that purpose.
- Bowling practice on the bowling strips referred to in (a) above shall also be permitted during the interval (and change of innings if not the interval) unless the umpires consider that, in the prevailing conditions of ground and weather, it will be detrimental to the surface of the square.
Law 18 shall apply.
- 19.1 Law 19.1 – The boundaries of the field of playThe playing area shall be a minimum of 150 yards (137.16 metres) from boundary to boundary square of the pitch, with the shorter of the two square boundaries being a minimum 65 yards (59.43 metres). The straight boundary at both ends of the pitch shall be a minimum of 70 yards (64.00 metres). Distances shall be measured from the centre of the pitch to be used.In all cases the aim shall be to provide the largest playing area, subject to no boundary exceeding 90 yards (82.29 meters) from the centre of the pitch to be used.Any ground which has been approved to host international cricket prior to 1st October 2007 or which is currently under construction as of this date which is unable to conform to these new minimum dimensions shall be exempt. In such cases the regulations in force immediately prior to the adoption of these regulations shall apply.
- 19.2 Law 19.2 – Defining the boundary – boundary markingThe following shall apply in addition to Law 19.2:All boundaries must be designated by a rope or similar object of a minimum standard as authorised by the ICC from time to time. Where appropriate the rope should be a required minimum distance (3 yards (2.74 metres) minimum) inside the perimeter fencing or advertising signs.
- 19.3 Law 19.3 – Scoring a boundaryThe following shall apply in addition to Law 19.3:If an unauthorized person enters the playing arena and handles the ball, the umpire at the bowler’s end shall be the sole judge of whether the boundary allowance should be scored or the ball be treated as still in play or called dead ball if a batsman is liable to be out as a result of the unauthorized person handling the ball. See also Law 19.1 (c).
Law 20 shall apply.
All penalty runs in the Laws of Cricket (2000 Code 3rd Edition – 2008) now apply in International Cricket. Some penalty runs can be referred to the ICC Match Referee for further action if necessary.
Calculation Sheet for Use When Delays or Interruptions O ccur in First Innings of Twenty20 Internationals
Net playing time available at start of the match 160 minutes (A)
Time innings in progress __________ (B)
Playing time lost
Extra time available
Time made up from reduced interval __________ (E)
Effective playing time lost [C – (D + E)] __________ (F)
Remaining playing time available (A – F) __________ (G)
G divided by 4 (to 2 decimal places) __________ (H)
Max overs per team [H/2] (rounded up if not a whole number) __________ (I)
Max overs per bowler [I / 5] __________
Fielding restrictions [Refer to 41.2.3] __________ overs
Fielding restrictions [Refer to 41.2.6] __________ overs
Rescheduled Playing H ours
First session to commence or recommence __________ (J)
Length of innings [I x 4] __________ (K)
Rescheduled cessation time J + [K – B] __________
Length of interval __________
Second session commencement time __________ (L)
Rescheduled cessation time = (L + K) __________
Calculation Sheet for Use When Delays or Interruptions Occur in Second Innings of Twenty20 Internationals
Original cessation time of innings __________ (A)
Time at start of interruption __________ (B)
Restart time __________ (C)
Length of interruption [C – B] __________ (D)
Extra time available __________ (E)
Total playing time lost [D – E] __________ (F)
Amended cessation time of innings [A + E] __________ (G)
Maximum overs at start of innings __________ (H)
Overs lost [F / 4] ignore fractions __________ (I)
Adjusted maximum length of innings [H – I ] __________ (J)
Overs per bowler and Fielding Restrictions Max. overs per bowler [J / 5] __________ overs
Fielding restrictions [Refer to 41.2.3] __________ overs
1 Wicket to Wicket
3 Wicket to Wicket
5 Square Leg / Mid Wicket
8 Line / Run out Cam
9 Line / Run out Cam
3 Line / Run out Cam
4 Line / Run out Cam
5 Line / Run out Cam
6 Line / Run out Cam
The following procedure will apply should the provision for a one over per side eliminator be adopted in any match.
- Subject to weather conditions the one over per side eliminator will take place on the scheduled day of the match at a time to be determined by the ICC Match Referee. In normal circumstances it shall commence 5 minutes after the conclusion of the match.
- If the one over per side eliminator cannot be started before the scheduled or rescheduled cut-off time for the completion of the match, it shall not be played. For the avoidance of doubt, the cut-off time for starting the eliminator will include any previously unused extra time remaining at the end of the match.
- The one over per side eliminator will take place on the pitch allocated for the match (the designated pitch) unless otherwise determined by the umpires in consultation with the ground authority and the ICC Match Referee.
- Prior to the commencement of the one over per side eliminator each team elects three batsmen and one bowler.
- The nominated players are given in writing to the ICC Match Referee.
- The umpires shall stand at the same end as that in which they finished the match.
- The umpires shall choose which end to bowl and both teams will bowl from the same end.
- Each team’s over is played with the same fielding restrictions as apply for a non-Powerplay over in a normal T20 International match.
- The team batting second in the match will bat first in the one over eliminator.
- The same ball (or a ball of a similar age if the original ball is out of shape or lost) as used at the end of the team’s innings shall be used for the “extra” over.
- The loss of two wickets in the over ends the team’s one over innings.
- In the event of the teams having the same score after the one over per side eliminator has been completed, the team that hit the most number of boundary sixes combined from its two innings in both the main match and the one over per side eliminator shall be the winner.
- If the number of boundary sixes hit by both teams is equal, the team whose batsmen score the most number of boundaries from its two innings in both the main match and the one over per side eliminator shall be the winner.
- If the number of boundaries from the two innings in both the main match and the one over per side eliminator are equal, the team which took the most number of wickets combined in both the main match and the one over per side eliminator shall be the winner.
- If still equal, a count-back from the final ball of the one over eliminator shall be conducted. The team with the higher scoring delivery shall be the winner. If a team loses two wickets during its over, then any unbowled deliveries will be counted as dot balls. Note that for this purpose, the runs scored from a delivery is defined as the total team runs scored since the completion of the previous legitimate ball, i.e including any runs resulting from wides, no ball or penalty runs.Example:RUNS SCORED FROM :TEAM 1TEAM 2Ball 611Ball 544Ball 421Ball 362Ball 201Ball 126
In this example both teams scored an equal number of runs from the 6th and 5th ball of their innings. However team 1 scored 2 runs from its 4th ball while team 2 scored a single so team 1 is the winner.