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Hi sir I am 16 and I am from Howrah , West Bengal.I am a huge cricket fan but I have no playing experience.It will be highly appreciated if you kindly clear my doubts.
Here's my question.
According to the laws of cricket a delivery which bounces twice on the pitch before reaching the striker's popping crease is legal.In case of a lbw appeal the umpire has to take account of the pitch of the ball.But neither the laws nor appendix D gives any clear definition of the pitch of the ball.So what should an umpire do in case a lbw appeal is made from a double bouncing ball?Should he consider the first bounce or the second bounce or both the bounces legal or what?
Imagine the first bounce is outside the line of leg stump and the second is in line between wicket amd wicket or inversely it first bounces in line between wicket and wicket and then outside the line of leg stump and all other conditions for a lbw decision against the striker have been satisfied.So what should be the umpire's decision and why?
I asked this question to you earlier however did'nt get an answer.So I am asking you once again.

Hi Udita,

Thanks for your tricky but a nice question. But let me apologise for taking a bit too long to reply the same.

Two different Laws are involved in your question, and both of them are silent on what is to be decided when ball pitches and bounces twice before hitting the batsman on the pad. When the Laws are silent it is always Law Number 43 comes into picture.

Law : 24.6 Ball bounces twice before reaching the batsman, its not a NO BALL.
         Ball bounces more than twice, it is not a FAIR delivery.

Law: 36: Ball pitching outside the leg stump cannot claim a wicket of LBW.
        Always first impact is to be considered for LBW.
        (i) Pad and bat - OUT (ii) Bat and pad - NOT OUT.

So why should not we consider the first pitching of the ball?

(i) Ball pitching (first) outside the leg stump, then happens to bounce back in line with the stumps before hitting the striker on the pad.  
Are you justifying in giving him out LBW? (No)

(ii) The ball first pitches outside the off stump and further pitches in line with the stumps. Since the first pitching out side the off stump but as impact is between the line of the two sets of wickets, you can raise your finger.

(iii) In the above case, if the ball happens to pitch outside the off stump and again pitches and bounces outside the line of the off stump, striker attempting to play the ball but could not contact and ball hits on the pad and there is an appeal, what are you going to do? Since the impact is outside the line of the off stump and striker attempting to play it, you are not going to give him out.

So always bring Law 43 of Common Sense and  try to act accordingly, you will find it easy, isn't it?

Hope this is clear to you.

With Regards,

Suhas Sapre
Baroda 29/06/2016


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