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Respected Sir,Batmen have been already warned for damaging the pitch.In same inning next over-bowler bowled wide delivery when there was three fielders on the on side behind popping crease. BEU called & signaled wide ball.SEU called No ball. Ball missed the wicket keeper & went to third man. Batsman completed two runs & crossed for third run. In doing so the batsmen again contraven the law for damaging the pitch. Thirdman fielder fielded the ball before crossing the ball to boundary & throw it to wicket keeper. But ball hit on protective helmet kept behind the wicket keeper.In this scenario no doubt, BEU award 5 penalty runs to fielding side as a contaravention of law 42.14 for second time by a batsmen. But whether BEU also award 5 penalty runs to batting side in accordance with law 41.3?

Dear Gurunath,

Your question reminded me of my practical exam during 1991 and thereby players were told to create as many problems as they can by the examiner. But I am of the opinion that at a time there cannot be more than one or two problems. You have created such a scenario which is very complicated and cannot happen at one point of time. These problems are created on your own and cannot happen on the field of play at one time. But still I will try to answer you as per the Laws but practically it can be tackled differently and can be settled with ease but with strict approach with the players on the field of play.

There are following events happened at one time:

1. Batsmen warned for damaging the pitch, which is a warning to one and all. You have to inform all the incoming batsman.
2. Next ball of a fresh over called & signalled WIDE by BEU and NO BALL by the SEU.
3. Batsmen crossed for the 3rd run and again ran on the danger area.
4. Third man fielder fielded the ball and threw it to the WK but ball hit the helmet behind the WK
5. BEU umpire awarded 5 penalty runs to the fielding side

Now question: whether BEU can award 5 penalty runs to the batting side at the same time? Why Not? Breach of rules is occurred and necessary action and penalty runs will stand. This penalty is to be imposed as this should be prompt and therefore 5 penalty runs for ball hitting the fielder's helmet kept behind the WK, to be awarded to the batting side.

But you can not impose another 5 penalty runs on a single ball. This seems to me hypothetical events. Damaging the pitch warning will stand through out the innings and thereby the penalty for damaging the pitch will be applicable at any time in the innings, but the breach of rule of ball hitting the helmet should be given priority for penalty as it is visible to all, whereas warning the batsmen for damaging the pitch will fetch them penalty any time later on. You can just again put them on warning bell for damaging the pitch on the same ball. There is no such ruling which says or indicates two penalties on one ball.

One penalty for No ball will be added to the penalty of 5 runs. 1 run will go to No ball and 5 penalty runs will go to Extras Penalty column.No ball has always presidency over Wide ball.

This is what I feel and these are my views. Certain things we have to act with 43rd Law Common Sense and should not draw into unnecessary over action thereby. We must be practical, too.

Hope you may agree with this.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre


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