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Cricket/Fielder movement (especially during field restrictions)



I have a specific question which shall help me understand the laws of Cricket, so that we don't play by game exploiting the 'grey-areas' rules if we may call.

We play cricket in a fairly smaller ground with powerplay restrictions. My question is: Can a fielder standing at the edge of the circle (powerplay restricted inner-circle) move/run back towards the boundary line right after the ball leaves the bowler during the delivery stride or should he wait for the batsmen to complete the shot?

Please explain and educate us about what the Cricket laws say.

Thank you!

ANSWER: Dear Vishwa,

The rules says regarding field restriction that the minimum required fielders should be inside at the instant of a delivery. It is difficult to point out exact position of a fieldsman while concentrating on other aspects of the game. Only either umpire can point out whether a fielder was inside or outside the circlet, but infringing line is very difficult for them to judge.

So as soon the ball leaves fielders have no control of their movement as they have to move in the direction of the ball played by the striker. So fielder can move immediately after the ball is delivered by the bowler.

Hope you understand and your doubts are cleared with this.

Thanks for your question.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 09032014)

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QUESTION: Thank you Sir.

So does the law say that fielders can move right after the ball leavea bowler's hand? There might be no big difference if a fast bowler bowls but when a spinner bowls a slow and loopy ball, the fielder on move can significantly cover lot of ground or alter his original fielding position, by the time the batsman plays or prepares to play the shot. This scenario needs precise answer/rule. At what point in play, the bowl being bowled, can a fielder start to move out of minimum field restrictions?

Dear Vishwa,

Thanks for getting back to me for further carifications.

There is not prescribed time for the fielder's movement. But by convention it is the practice of all fielders to take start as soon as the bowler takes his start to deliver the next delivery. If it is observed by either umpire or if he is not satisfied over any other fielder's movement that one of the number of required  fielders is not within the circle when the ball is delivered or at the instant of a delivery, he should call and signal No ball. But better assured the required number of fielders are within the circle or not before dong so.

My personal views differ from the actual cricketing rule. My views always want me to inform both the captains at the time of toss that we want all the required number of fielders to be within the restricted fielding circle when ball comes into play, and that they cannot take start from outside, as we are unable to notice their position at the instant of a delivery as we have to concentrate on other major and important aspects of the proceedings of the game.

This can protect you from unfair play by the fielders and helps you to decide whether to call No ball or not as you have already noticed the position of the fielders and that you can easily call and signal No ball.

Hope this will clear your doubts. You are the judge and you have to supervise the game with your authority, but the same rule should be applicable for both the teams.

Hope you are enjoying my views and you are helping me to refresh my knowledge.

With regards,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 17/03/2014)


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