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Cricket/Fielder Absent (Law 2.5)



A fielder is absent for 14 minutes from the field of play and the batting side (say Team X) is all out and has been asked to follow the innings.  After the interval between the innings, Team X comes to bat again.  
After 20 minutes of play, that absent fielder now comes on to the field of play with umpire's consent.

How much time will he have to wait before to bowl?

Law 2.5. (ii) If, in the case of a follow-on or forfeiture, a side fields for two consecutive innings, this restriction shall, ... , continue as necessary into the second innings, but shall not otherwise be carried over into a new innings.

Hence your fielder has been absent for 34 minutes of playing time and must wait for 34 more minutes.


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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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