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Pls refer law 24 - No Ball, with respect to the foot grounded or raised on the same side of the imaginary line joining the two middle stumps as the return crease,

Will it be a 'No Ball' if a bowler's front foot (fingers' part) touches the imaginary line joining the two middle stumps or to call a 'No Ball', the bowler's front foot (including toe) should ground beyond this imaginary line.

The video on includes a brief explanation of this Law.

Law 24.5(b) says "... the bowler’s front foot must land with some part of the foot, whether grounded or raised (i) on the same side of the imaginary line joining the two middle stumps. ..."

It is NOT a No Ball if only part of his foot is the "wrong" side - only if it is wholly on wrong side.


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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.

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

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