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QUESTION: hello sir,
         what are the rules(conditions) of the icc when a close relative of the player dies when the match is taking place and he has alerdy batted?

ANSWER: Dear Sai Dutta,

If any player who is to leave all of a sudden due to death of his relative, can leave so by informing both the umpires and opposite captains, to enable his captain to claim a substitute by right. The umpires will have the discretion power to allow a substitute for the reason mentioned. He can join the team later on at any time without any penalty, for both batting and bowling. He can bat and bowl, immediately on his return to the field of play. This is one of the exceptional reasons for umpires to use their discretion power and opposite captain shall have no right of objection.

Hope this will clear your doubts.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 20/06/2013)

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QUESTION: 1) Then sir what if he goes out of the stadium after batting in the first innings and dosen't return to the field can a new player be called to bat in the second innings ?

2)the match had started and the playes is in playing XI fields for 30 mion and dosen't bowl then after leaving the field can a playing XI be changed and a new player can bat?bowl ?

Hi Sai,

Very good morning and thanks for getting back to me to clear your doubts.

Irrespective of position of either side in a match, if a player is happened to leave the ground for any reasons, and replacement is refused, no other player can participate in that match other than being allowed to field for substitute.

So here a player has batted and left the field for some exceptional reasons and could not return or there was no chance of his return to his side in the match, no other player can bat or bowl or keep wickets, on his behalf. Only Umpires may allow a player to act as a substitute in the match.

(2) The situation narrated by you never happens in the competitive game of cricket. But the umpires may come across such situation in local tournaments.

A nominated player cannot be changed. Captains have to nominate their side before the toss. Once the list of players exchanged, and given to the umpires, it cannot be changed, unless a captain request the opposing captain to allow him to replace any fielder who might get injured before the actual play starts and if he permits, then and then you can change a player from the nominated list of players.

Once the match has started, no player can be changed, and still you can change with the permission of the opposing captain with mutual agreement.

If you are permitted by the opposing captain to replace a player, then he can take full part in the match.

Hope this is very clear to you.

With regards,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 23/06/2013)


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I have been a state panel cricket umpire and doing umpiring for last 40 years and also a BCCI official national scorer since 2004, having done many International ODIs played at Baroda and many first class matches in Baroda. I have passed many state panel exams in both categories.

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 am a degree holder of Commerce and having a reputed banking job in Baroda. Recently due to some personal problems and to fulfil my love and passion for the game of cricket I have opted volunteer retirement from the Bank service to enable me to do BCCI matches as an Official scorer in first class matches. Taking promotion in Bank and expecting leave for the matches was a major problem and that is one of the reasons to quit bank ahead of cricket.

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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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