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I am cricket fan who will watch not miss any match.I have big doubt about the boundary line and popping crease.When a ball is just land on the boundary line means it refers as a boundary 6.But a batsman is stepping out of the crease and he missed the ball and try to come to the crease when his bat or any part of the body is on the popping crease means its will given as out.My question is why there is a different rules is following for those lines.Why i am asking this question because the rules is okay for those who knows the rules and difference but when cricket is watching globally means all the peoples will ask this questions when they watch this kind incidents happen in a match

Dear Mohankrishna,

Thanks for a good question and that you would like to bring awareness to the viewers when watching live cricket. Its a good thought on behalf of all viewers and who would like to know a bit about the rules.

Coming to the narrated question, I would like to answer it as follow.

There is a difference between creases and marking of creases. What you watch on the TV screen as a cricket lover, it is always considered the whole marking as crease related to the popping crease and the boundary lines. As per the cricket Laws the popping crease is considered 4 feet from the centre of the middle stump. It is to be marked with more than 1 or one and half inch, of thickness, but  the actual crease is nearer to the wicket, i.e. inside edge of the marking is crease and that is why the batsman on the line or his bat on the line is to be considered out of the crease and that he is given out.

On the same line if the ball in hand of the fielder touches the boundary line it is always 4 and the boundary line is also measured and drawn in the same fashion of the popping crease that is why if a ball hit by the batsman pitches on the line, it is considered out of the boundary as inside edge of the boundary line is considered boundary and not the whole marking. Even if a fielder takes the catch inside and happens to touch the boundary line it is always a boundary-6, as he is considered to have landed outside the boundary.

Hope this is very much clear to you and the viewers. Thanks for a good question. Hope you ask many more questions related to umpiring and that helps the viewers to know rules while enjoying live telecast.

With regards,

Suhas Sapre (baroda 23/03/2014)


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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.

Earlier I used to write in local newspaper but thereafter time has not permitted me to do so. I give my views over the controversial topic.

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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