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Respected Sir, If a ball delivered by bowler, not being a No ball,is strucked by strike's bat and without grounding thereafter hits on bowler's end wicket, then further without grounding get deflected into the hands of fielder, whether striker will be dismissed caught  out or not on appealing?

Law 32.1. Out Caught

The striker is out Caught if a ball ... touches his bat ... and is subsequently held by a fielder as a fair catch ... before it touches the ground.

Law 32.3.
<It is a fair catch if>

(d) a fielder catches the ball after it has touched an umpire, another fielder or the other batsman.

However, it is not a fair catch if at any time after having been struck by the bat and before a catch is completed the ball has touched a protective helmet worn by a fielder.

(f) the ball is caught off an obstruction within the boundary that has not been designated a boundary by the umpires before the toss.

PREVIOUSLY Law 23 was explicit in saying that the ball is NOT dead if a wicket is broken unless a batsman is out as a result.  It is now implicit.


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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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