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   Will it be a no-ball if

1)A Fielder is standing straight behind the wicketkeeper at 3rd man and straight to the pitch

2)A fielder is standing aligned to another fielder

Dear Rajesh,

Thanks for your question and sorry for the delay in answering your question.

Its not a no ball. There is no restriction where a fielder should field in the field. There are only 11 players participating in the game, including a bowler and a WK. Now a captain has to settle the field with remaining 9 fielders.

There are certain restrictions on the field placements, but for a universal Law the one is that there should not be more than two fieldsmen behind the popping crease on the on side. This pertains to all different format of the game.

Like this, there is one more universal rule, but for limited overs game, i.e. there should not be more than 5 fieldsmen on the on side at any point of time. There is no such restriction on the off side.

Limited overs games have some restrictions during Power play, where 15 yard as well as 30 yard circles are applicable. And I must not mention here the restrictions regarding limited overs game as you must be familiar with this.

So apart from the above rules, there are no restrictions on the field of play, means any fielder can take his position any where.

But when a fielder is fielding in straight line in front of the striker, he will always become an obstruction to the striker while facing a delivery. His movements on the field, will disturb the concentration of the striker, who will always point out to the bowler's end umpire to make that fielder field not to stand in line with the pitch. So naturally that fielder has to move aside. Likewise a fielder who takes the position behind the WK, may breach the rule for that on side field restriction. If there are already two fieldsmen fielding on the on side and if he happens to field behind the WK, he may be the 3rd fielder considering the imaginary center line joining the two middle stumps to decide his position. Moreover, like striker, here Bowler's end umpire's concentration is also likely to be disturbed. Hence by virtue of these reasons, he is not to take this position by applying common sense. Otherwise the Law is silent on this.

Hope this is debatable but using common sense you will feel comfortable with my experience. Hope this is good enough.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 10022013)


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