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Good Morning Sir,
My question r on following basis
1> How Many fielders can be there on leg side. if a bowler is bowling round the wicket n excluding him there are 5 fielders on onside ,whether it will be a no ball.

2> on Whether  there will be a free hit on back foot fault?

3> if a bowler break the wicket at the time of bowling ,will it be a fair ball or a dead ball?

4> Mankad rule ?

5> can be a fielder field straight to the batsman ? will it be called a no ball?


Dear Dhiraj,

Thanks for your series of questions. Wish you happy Diwali and prosperous new year from Suhas.
I would like to ask you maximum two questions at a time, or you can ask me only one question at a time. Thank you.

ANS: 1  You are not clear about the format of the game. If your question is pertaining to first class cricket, i.e. other than one day or limited overs, my answer is no limit on the onside but for exception that there should not be more than 2 fielders on the onside behind the popping crease at the instant of a delivery. The striker's end ump[ire will call and signal No ball for this infringement.

If the same question is pertaining to Limited overs match, bowler and Wicket keeper are special characters of the game and even if they are considered fielders, they are not part of the fieldsman for the purpose of No ball. They are excluded from this. If there are more than 5 fieldsmen apart from the bowler and the bowler, on the on side, either umpire may call and signal No ball.

The above mentioned rule of related to  more than 2 fieldsmen behind the popping crease is a universal rule for any kind of format of the game.

2.  "Free hit" is to be given on the call of No ball by the bowler's end umpire only for foot fault. Foot fault means, the bowler during delivery stride fails to observe the No ball rule.

3. Nothing in the rule so far. It happens and the bowler's end umpire has nothing to do with that. The fielding has to remake the wicket any time when the ball is in play and for umpire, he can only remake the wicket when the ball is dead.

4. Mankad rule is nothing but the bowler during his run up gets the Non striker run out, when he backs up too much before the ball is released by the bowler.  The rule says, that the bowler can run out the non striker before the completion of his delivery swing (action), in other words, the non striker can not back up untill the ball is released by the bowler. Out Indian former test all rounder late shri Vinoo Mankad had succeeded in getting the non striker run out successfully in  Australia-India test match.

5. Nothing in the rule. He can field anywhere in the field. Only if he is fielding straight only his movement while fielding, may cause disturbance to the striker and the striker may request the bowler's end umpire to request that fielder to field in position where he does not obstruct the striker. There is no question of No ball. This is not the reason mentioned in the Law for umpire to call No ball.

Hope you will enjoy all my answers. At all any doubt, please do not hesitate to get back to me any time. Your questions are most welcome.

With best wishes,,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 15/11/2012)  


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