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QUESTION: Dear Colin‎

As per the Fielders Strategic Positions / Locations defined on the oval/circle ground viz First Slip, Second Slip, Third Slip, Gully, Cover, Point, Mid wicket, cover, extra cover, mid off, mid on, Point, long off, long on, Short leg, Forward Short leg, Silly point etc

Do you still fee there could more strategic locations available on the cricket ground where there can be defined  more fielding locations apart from the existing current fielding locations defined ?.

If Yes, What could be the new Cricket Fielding positions ?.
If No, Why ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Fielders can stand almost anywhere they wish, subject to certain restrictions (eg not on pitch, two behind on leg side, specific number inside circle).

The Laws only define the Bowler and Wicket Keeper.

The present names have evolved and been used for many years.  There are no obvious gaps, apart perhaps from directly behind the bowler.  Possibly TV commentators may invent more but I think it unlikely - they seem content to say, for example, that Long Off is standing very fine.

There do seem to be sufficient names for all areas BUT if you have any suggestions, please post them on

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QUESTION: Dear Colin

Thank you.

Maybe new fielding positions can be defined if we have one more concentric circle between inner and outer (Boundary) concentric circle ?.


Three concentric circles instead of the current two concentric
circles ?.

The Points - locations - Middle circle between the outermost (boundary) and innermost circle where New Fielding Positions can be set ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

I am not sure how useful that would be as most of the outer fielders will walk in, often more than 10 yards whilst the bowler is running up.

Captains do often make very minor adjustments in distance according to the particular batsman.

Even now commentators nhave difficulty in distinguishing between (for example) Gully and Fourth Slip.

It might just be useful to rename Deep Mid On / Short Long On and similar on offside.


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Colin Pearson


Cricket umpiring and scoring. I can answer questions on MCC Laws of Cricket but not ICC and other special regulations, which are frequently changing. I cannot answer questions on careers as a cricket umpiring. For details of courses, visit (anywhere that has advertised), (UK only)


I passed The Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers Full membership examinations in 1961 and have been an instructor since 1973, and examiner since 1977 and have undergone the first stage training as an Umpire Assessor for ECB Association of Cricket Officials. I was Chairman of Training Board for ACU&S from 1981 to 1997.

ECB Association of Cricket Officials British Computer Society Society of Expert Witnesses Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Rotary International

MA Hons Cantab 1966 DMS Part 1, 1975 Enterprise Reader (rtd), Staffordshire University)

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Taylor Scholarship 1963 Life Vice President ACU&S 1998

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