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Cricket/Law 2 : Substitutes and runners; batsman or fielder leaving the field; batsman retiring; batsman commencing innings


Respected Sir ,

Consider a scenario, ( occurred with me while officiating one of the match )

If any player is get injured or become ill well before nomination and he is the main player of his team and his captain is in plan to nominate him and thinking of using substitute for him for fielding.

That time i didn't allow his nomination as he was not fit well before the nomination. The Law depicts the allowance for substitute in case of unfitness after the nomination on paper only


what best practice i should follow in future regarding the same, or what i did was fair enough?

following is my understanding towards allowance of substitute and waiting time calculation of substituted player to bowl :

1) The injury , illness or other wholly acceptable reasons are just towards judging the substitute shall be allow or not. AND it DOES NOT mean that such substituted player will be allowed to bowl directly if his captain wanted him to do so immediately after he joins his side on field.
The waiting time( to bowl) should be calculated for such players also.

2) In case of player goes for National emergency or player's family crises ( towards the other wholly acceptable cases as mentioned in the law) ,

I will allow him to bowl directly in case of (2) and not in case of (1) I am right ?
Or in this case also the waiting time ban will be there on player on that present day, as next days play swipe out the slate clean.

It is nothing mentioned in law in which case to ban in which not.

Its just mentioned that which are the acceptable cases law(2.1) for the allowance of substitute and which not. And law (2.5) says that how the waiting time to be calculated but does'nt mentioned in which cases there is no need to calculate. ( i.e no need to ban the substituted player )

The good example of this is , Virat Kohali leaved the field due to family crises and i think when he came back umpires allowed him to bat/bowl whatever immediately after he joins.

Kindly give let me know if my above interpretation of the law is wrong.

Mayur Wankhade.

Dear Mayur,

Thanks for good question.

When you know a fielder is already injured/ hurt / unfit before the nomination of the team, you need not say anything before the toss. At the time of toss,you must clarify that if a player is already injured before the nomination of the players he is not entitled for any substitute. Either you field with 10 or with 11 (i.e. without substitute).

You straightaway refuse a substitute if they asked. And if he is permitted a substitute, don't allow him to bowl immediately but instead, you treat his absent time as penalty time before allowing him to bowl.

The incident of Virat Kohi, you have cited above is a perfect case, where the reasons are wholly acceptable, and umpires must permit him to bowl immediately.

Players who are externally injured, can be allowed to bowl immediately, but the players who get cramps or some other unacceptable reasons, can be punished and they should not be allowed to bowl until they are on the field for that much period of time for which they were absent.

So it is clear for umpires, when to deny and when to allow, bowling, after his return on to the field of play.

With regards,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 22022013)


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