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QUESTION: Very Good Morning to you Sir,

Sir here is a situation.........

The last hour of the game commences at 3:30 PM. As soon as 1 over & 2 balls were bowled, there was a interruption from 3:35 Pm to 3:45 PM.Thereafter Batting side is all out at 3:57 PM, when innings progressed to 4 Overs & 5 balls.How many overs are there to be bowled now......

ANSWER: Dear Vineet Singh

Thanks for your question.

Following is the method of calculating overs to be bowled in the last hour.

LAST HOUR FROM 15.30 TO 16.30


TIME          Interruption time   Over Lost   Over Bowled   TO BE BOWLED

At 15.35          1.2   13.4

From 15.35 to 15.45      10 mts         2      --   11.4

At 15.57
Batting team is all out          3.3      8.1
(To be rounded off)          (2+5)      7    8

Innings Interval          2          6

So when new innings starts, the fielding side will have to bowl minimum of 6 overs.

Hope this is very much clear. In fact when an inning ends in the last hour you have two calculations, and you have to take greater number of overs.

So when the team is all out and the remaining time gets more than 6 overs, you have to take greater number of overs. Suppose 30 minutes remaining, it is to be divided by 4 minutes per over + any fraction, i.e. 30/4 = 7 overs and for 2 remaining minutes one more over will be bowled so in all 8 overs will have to be bowled.

This is just an example for more clarity while calculating overs in the last hour and particularly when a side is all out during the last hour.

Hope it will clear your doubts. Please get back to me for any further clarifications.

With regards,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 27/07/2013)

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      Thank you so very much for your humble response. It is clear to me but up to some extent Sir you calculated 8.1 overs & I did the same now I rounded it to a whole no. of overs, means 9 overs.
now I deducted 2 overs for innings break, so according to me it would be 7 overs to bowl in the new innings.

Please bear with me if I am wrong & clear this to me.

         Thanking you.

ANSWER: Dear Vineet,

Hello, hope you are fine and happy.

In all A Side is all out after 4.5 overs have been bowled i.e. 4 overs are bowled

+ Overs Lost due to rain ( 10 / 4 mts.per over = 2 overs)

+ Innings interval 2 overs , i.e. (4+2 +2 = 8 overs of play gone)

So ( 15 -8 = 7 overs to be bowled when play restarts, subject to light and weather condition).

Hope it will now be clear to you.

So, its 7 overs to be bowled when play resumes. The fraction of the over at the end of the innings to be disregarded and not to be rounded off.

Ok Thanks for correcting me.

Carry on good work, thanks for getting back to me,
With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 31/07/2013)

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QUESTION: Hello once again Sir,
Sir, I have found an on-line cricket umpire's training program which is known as OUT (on-line umpire's training).
Sir I would humbly like to know should I join this program. Sir your reply will we incredible for me.
Here is the link of that program.......
I will eagerly wait for your reply, Sir.

 Thank you again for helping me.

Dear Vineet,

First of all let me say thanks for your kind words and all praise. I feel it great to answer your every question.

I am also thankful here for enlightening me on new website, which I have just browsed and knew about it from you. I feel its a good site to join, as far as your passion for cricket umpiring is concerned. This will give you self preparation exposure for upgrading your knowledge about the Laws and for any BCCI level-1 & 2 exams. There is nothing wrong to join any authentic programme which will update you and will help you getting much about the Laws.

But before I permit you to go ahead, I would like to just bring to your kind notice that any qualification you will attain through any website programmes, may not have any precedence over the BCCI exams. So, irrespective of your joining any on line course and exams, will have no consideration as far as BCCI umpiring is concerned. you need to pass BCCI level-1 and Level-2 exams here in India only to get a birth on the BCCI panel umpires.

But truly its worth, if you can afford it I would not discourage you from joining any training course. Hope you will take it positively otherwise. I always want my viewers to go ahead and make a career in this field of umpiring.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda (04/08/2013)


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