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Dr Alekh wrote at 2012-03-06 13:56:43
A fielder standing behind a bowler is not a NO ball,i ve seen it during the Natwest tropy between Aus nd England,,unless the batsman objects ,its not a NO ball

SUHAS SAPRE wrote at 2012-04-02 03:48:32
Respected Dr. Alekh,

Thanks for your comments. There is no law that can prevent any fielder to taken in position in cricket but with some restrictions. Batman just objects when a fielder is taking position at the bottom, where his movements are likely to  disturb the concentration of the striker. Whereas, a fielder behind the WK, is less likely to disturb either striker.

As I said it could be a No ball, if there are already two fieldsmen behind the popping crease on the onside. In this case, taking his position behind the stumps would make 3 fielders behind the popping crease and the striker's end umpire can call 'No ball', if in his opinion that fielder is fielding on the onside or to the onside, taking the imaginary center line of the two middle stumps.

Hope this is quite clear to you. Thanks for the same. With regards,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 020412)

Asim Haq wrote at 2013-01-28 07:21:57
If there is a point of batsamn being distracted by the fielder at straight hit then the fielder can position himself exactly behind the umpire. Ther eis non-striker there also whihc can be a cause for the strikers distraction. I believe there is nothing unethical about the straight hit position. You should use the tools provided by the law to reach your objective. For Uvraj you keep deep mid-wicket, deep square and long on as essentials then why not for tendulkar keep wiode long-off, wide long-on and straight hit. As a fielding side captain you try to cover against the batsman's strengths... so why not have a straight hit without distractiing the striker. If straight hit position is unethical than silly cover-point is also unethical.


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I was serving with State Bank of India, as an Officer, posted at Bodeli branch, some 65 Kmts from Baroda, having taken promotion in August 2012. I was thereafter transferred to Pavi Jepur Br, some 90 kmts from Baroda on 20/12/2013. Recently I have taken VRS from Bank as after becoming an officer I was facing lot of problems regarding leave to attend BCCI matches as a scorer and also Local umpiring and thus hampering my sporting activities. Now to enable me to spare more time for my passion, I have opted for VRS and was relieved on 30/01/2016 and now will look forward to enjoy my passion in the remaining years.Look forward to remain busy with cricketing activities for next one decade and more.Look forward to help my cricket colleagues. Look forward to give off my best services to my passion, which has taught me many more things and now I feel I must contribute towards the local cricket association, i.e. Baroda Cricket Association with all love and enthusiasm in the coming years.I feel proud to take VRS for the sake of my passion. Its a great feeling that I have taken a bold decision in the wake of my passion which has given me enjoyment and physical fitness to enjoy the game of cricket in the the days to come. Now I feel myself as a free bird and no tension. Look forward to help budding umpires.

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