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would you, as an umpire, consider that placing 9 fieldsmen 0n the fence/rope as " not playing within the spirit of the game" .Perhaps you may speak to the fielding captain asking him to reconsider his field placements with respect to the spirit of the game or would you say nothing even if it went on for a number of overs as I witnessed this weekend. I understand there is no law to manage this situation but it left a sour taste in my mouth as a spectator.

It seems to me that this is a perfectly legitimate tactic, albeit a little mean!

There are no grounds for an umpire intervening under Spirit of the Game.

The batsmen can play carefully since there is no chance of a catch and could probably take one or two runs every ball, which would encourage some fielders to be placed closer.


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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)

Awards and Honors
Taylor Scholarship 1963 Life Vice President ACU&S 1998

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