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QUESTION: 1.Toss has taken place 30 mins. before resumption of play and the winning captain elects to bat first,10 mins. later it rains. Can the the winning captain revers his decision?

2.In running up to delivery,a bowler spots that the batsman is standing out of his ground.Quick as a flash he throws the ball with all his might,catches the striker by surprise and the ball breaks the wicket and an appeal is made.What will be the further occurence?

ANSWER: Hi Rajesh,

Very good morning and thanks for your questions.

(1)  Your question is with referent to the Law:12.4 THE TOSS and 12.5 DECISION TO BE NOTIFIED.

The law has clear cut instructions of once the toss is done, the winning captain will have to declare to the other captain and the umpire his choice of batting first of fielding first. Once he has stated his choice, there are no circumstances in which it can be changed.

(2) Second question is with reference to law:24.4-BOWLEDR THROWING TOWARDS STRIKER'S END BEFORE DELIVERY

Occasionally, if the striker appears to be well in front of the crease or even advancing well up the pitch, the bowler will try to run him out and is permitted to do so. If he throws the ball at the striker's wicket the umpire does not have to divine his intention.

If the bowler makes such a throw after entering his delivery stride, No ball is to be called by either umpire with all possible consequences from that delivery.

If, however, he throws before entering his delivery stride, the call of No ball is still to be made, and if the striker is attempting a run, he is to be given Run out, otherwise, if the bowler succeeds in breaking the striker's wicket, he is neither out bowled nor Run out (in case of not attempting a run (from a No ball).  Any runs result from that throw may be credited to the bowler's analysis, if batsman succeeds to play with his bat, and if any runs result they will be scored as 1 No ball penalty+ runs scored shall be credited to the striker's account.

Law 24.2 (a) shall not be applicable ( caution, informing final warning actin will not apply here).

Hope this will satisfy your queries. Thanks for coming out with good questions. Your questions are always welcome and I love to answer them. Enjoy your umpiring with quality and stand in as many matches as possible to gain on field experience.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 20/03/013)

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QUESTION: But Sir in the second case the batsman is not attempting a run,he is just taking his batting stance just outside the batting crease

And sir Please if u don't mind I have 1 more question

The batting side need 4 to win off the last ball of the match. The bowler bowls a ball a long way wide of the off stump. In exasperation, the striker throws his bat at the ball. The bat hits the ball which is diverted past the slips and runs towards the boundary. What will be the procedure in this situation?

Dear Rajesh,

Thanks for getting back to me.

Batsman standing at his normal stance outside the popping crease. If a bowler now wants to get him run out and throws at the striker's end, it is going to be a No ball, for Bowling action, right. Here the striker not attempting to take run, he is not out off a no ball. Any runs result from that throw shall be scored as No ball, unless batsman makes a successful contact with the bat. Why should there be confusion?

All the time in the history of the game of cricket, normally all the batsmen take their stance outside the popping crease when they face medium fast bowlers or fast bowlers. Secondly all the batsmen take their stance with each leg on either side of the popping crease (or both legs behind the popping crease) when they face spinners. It is by convention.

So here the batsman standing at his right stance and I have never come across that bowler has attempted to run the striker out. Certain Laws are there just to avoid any untoward incidents and generally there are hardly an occasion in the career of an umpire, that they come across such incidents.

In your further query, it is more of a hypothetical question and it has never happened in the history of cricket, at least in my 35 years of umpiring I have never come across either of these incidents.

There is no scope for hypothetical question as far as cricket umpiring exam is concerned.

Wide is only called and signalled after the bass has crossed the striker's wicket. When batsman attempts at the ball wide off the off stump, why should umpire make haste to call it wide ball. When ball is not wide, let the runs be scored for batting side, when he happens to throw his bat at the ball and the ball after hitting the bat goes to the boundary, Declare boundary and batting side wins the match.

So avoid hypothetical questions in cricket. They are never asked in exam. Ok are your doubts cleared?

Thanks again for getting back to me.

With regards,

Suhas Sapre (baroda 23/06/2013)


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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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I have passed several examination of cricket umpiring at State levels. I passed Mumbai cricket Association as well as Baroda Cricket Associations state exams. I had also cleared national written test of BCCI, but unfortunately sheer bad luck in viva and practical. I have also stood first in the Scorers' state level examinations at Saurashtra, exam conducted by Saurashtra Cricket Association and also stood first in Mumbai Cricket Association's Scorers' exam. I further cleared the BCCI national exam in the year 1994 held at Ahmedabad. In all I have officiated as an Umpire in more than 3500 matches, including T20, ODI, 3-4-5/days matches, 6-aside, double wicket tournaments, single wicket tournaments, and many more festival events and charity matches. I have also officiated as an official scorer in many first class cricket matches as well as almost all ODI matches played at the IPCL/ Reliance Cricket ground in Baroda. In all I have officiated as an official scorer in not less than 300 matches. I have been appointed a Sports Secretary of SBI in Baroda (2010 to 2012) I have been elected as one of the Umpires' committee of Baroda Cricket Association on 23.04.2012 Looking forward to take care of local umpires and will try to educate them. Recently I was privileged to conduct a 3-day cricket Umpires seminar on 7 to 9 September, 2012 along with Shri Sanjay Hazare, BCCI Elite panel cricket umpire. This was my first ever experience to conduct a seminar, which had almost 60 participants. I am thankful to the Baroda Cricket Association for giving me this opportunity. I have been honoured on many occasions with awards and certificates for my best umpiring. Recently on 13th February, 2014, I was invited as a Chief Guest by Amrut School in Halol, to celebrate the Annual Sports Day of their school.

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