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Respected Sir,
Fast Bowler bowled three deliveries fairly & with high speed. On the forth delivery which Bowler wanted to bowl slower one, ball slipped from his hand after bowler has compled his delivery swing & passed wide of the striker where he is,and which would also have passed wide of him standing in his normal guard position. What will umpire signal? Whether wide ball or Dead ball as ball accidentaly slipped from bowler's hand?

Not quite sure of the relevance of first three deliveries to this question.

If the bowler has swung his arm over in the normal manner prior to releasing the fourth ball, then I would deem it to be a delivery even though his release was uncontrolled.  Therefore call Wide Ball.

If the ball slipped from his hand before his arm reached shoulder or long after normal release time - in both cases ball unlikely to go anywhere near the far end! - then I would call Daed Ball


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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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