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Respected Sir,

I would like to ask questions on bowler incapacitated or suspended during an over.

1) What is the meaning of incapacitated here ?

e.g if captain of fielding side wanted to stop the bowling from one of his bowler in the current over which is already started when the particular bowler started his run up or if he has no run up his bowling action to deliver the first ball.

 The reason is just the bowler is delivering too many consecutive wide balls continuously. ( keeping in mind he is not injured or become ill )

2) In the above case ( delivering of too many wide balls ) , does law gives right that his captain can stop the bowling and other bowler can finish the current over ?  

3) What are the cases in which law permits that the current over not to be completed by the bowler who started the over, other than at the end of the complete innings or conclusion of the match ?

4) what umpire shall do , if some bowler without any reason or further clarification don't want to finish the current over at all? what action need to take on such bowlers?

Mayur Wankhade.

Dear Mayur,

Thanks for your question and so sorry as I was busy with Annual audit work of our branch.

Incapacitated means, bowler gets injured or for cramp muscles unable to complete his over, the same over will have to be completed by another bowler, who has not bowled the previous over nor he can bowl the next or part of the next over. Once the over has started the bowler has to complete that over, otherwise.

The bowler who has delivered consecutive Wide balls,  also cannot be changed as here he is not incapacitated. Captain cannot change that bowler. Anyhow, he has to complete the same over It had happened to me once in a local match, when my colleague was about to agree with the fielding side captain  to change the bowler, who bowled consecutive 6 wide balls. I had to interrupt the action of my colleague, and advised that captain that let him bowl 6 fair deliveries with normal run up, why was he taking a long run up. The same bowler then was able to complete that over with a short run up.

There are few occasions when a bowler can not complete the over in progress

i. When the bowler is incapacitated
ii When the bowler has taken the last wicket and still balls are left.
iii, When the batting side declares innings closed when the ball during the over becomes dead
iv When he is called away for some exception reasons (death of relative, If he is a Doctor, for any urgent case)

The occasions when the bowler can be stopped from bowling by Law, are give hereunder:

i. For changing the condition of the ball
ii.for dangerous and unfair bowling
iii. Deliberate bowling of high pitched balls
iv. Bowler taking too long to complete the over
v. Bowler damaging the pitch

If otherwise, the bowler has to complete the over, once it has started.

Hope this is good enough.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 10/03/2013)  


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