International Cricket Council: ICC cricket rules and regulations

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ICC cricket rules – The International Cricket Council, called ICC, is the global governing body of cricket. It promotes the ICC Code of Conduct, which sets the standards of discipline for international cricket, and also co-ordinates action against corruption and match-fixing through its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

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Here are some ICC cricket rules and regulations you might not know about:

Official Cricket Rules

Cricket is a game played between the two teams made up of eleven players each. There is also a reserve player, a “twelfth man” who plays when any player gets injured during the match. The twelfth man cannot bowl, bat, wicket keep or captain the team. His only duty is to act as a substitute fielder.

To apply the law and ensuring rules are being followed during the match, there are two umpires in place. These umpires are responsible for making any decisions regarding the match. Two umpires stay in the playing field while there is also a third umpire off the field who is in charge of taking decisions in case of a dispute based on video recordings.

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How runs are scored?

The aim of the batsmen is to score maximum runs. The batsmen run to each other’s end of the pitch (from one end to the other). In doing this one run is scored.

Runs can also be scored by hitting boundaries. A four is scored when the batsman hits the ball over the boundary after hitting the ground. A six is scored by hitting the ball past the boundary without touching the ground. Cricket rules also state that once a 4 or 6 has been scored any runs scored by the batsmen by physically running are null & void. It will only be considered as 4 or 6 runs.

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The other ways run can be scored with are no balls, wide balls, byes & leg byes. Cricket rules defines that all runs scored by these methods are given to the batting team but not the batsman.

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The Balls

A “No Ball” can be stated for many reasons: If the bowler bowls the ball from the wrong place, the ball is declared dangerous, bounces more than twice or rolls before reaching the batsman. The batsman can hit a no-ball and score runs off it but cannot be out from a no ball except if they get run out, hit the ball twice, handle the ball or obstruct the field. The batsman gains any runs scored off the no-ball for his shot while the team also gains one run for the no ball itself.

A “Wide Ball” happens if the umpire thinks the batsman did not have an appropriate opportunity to score off the delivery. However if the delivery is bowled over the batsmen’s head it will not be declared a wide but a no ball.

A “Bye” is when a ball passes the striking batsman and runs are scored without the batsman hitting the ball. The run is counted in team’s score.

A “Leg Bye” is when the ball hits the leg of the striking batsman and the batsman score run by running. The run is again counted in the team’s score.

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How Batsmen can be given out?

There are a number of different ways a batsman can be given out in cricket. When a bowler gets a batsman out it is said that the bowler gets a “wicket”.

Bowled –If the ball hits the striking batsman’s wickets, the batsman is given out. It does not matter whether the ball has touched the batsman’s bat, gloves, body or any other part of the batsman. However, the ball should not touch another player or umpire before hitting the wickets.

Caught – If the batsman hits or touches the ball with his bat or hand/glove holding the bat and if the wicket keeper or bowler or any fielder catches the ball on the full (before it bounces), then the batsman is considered ‘out’.

Stumped – A batsman can be given out ‘stumped’ when the wicketkeeper puts down his wicket while he is out of his crease and not attempting a run (if he is attempting a run it would be a run out).

Leg Before Wicket (LBW) – If the ball is bowled and it hits the batsman’s leg first without the bat hitting it, then it is known as LBW. If the ball hits the batsman outside the line of off stump while he was attempting to play a stroke then he is not out otherwise the batsman is out.

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Run Out – Cricket rules state that a batsman is out if no part of his bat or body is grounded behind the popping crease while the ball is in play and the wicket is fairly put down by the fielding side.

Hit Wicket – If the batsman hits his wicket down with his bat or body after the bowler has entered his delivery stride and the ball is in play then he is considered as out.

Timed Out – After the wicket of a batsman, the incoming batsman must be ready to face a ball or be at the non-strikers end with his partner within three minutes. If he is not present in the field in three minutes, the incoming batsman can be given out.

Hit the Ball Twice – If a batsman hits a ball twice other than for the purpose of protecting his wicket, he is out.

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Here are some more ICC cricket rules and regulations:

If the match in World Cup Final ties, both the teams are given a super over, and the team who scores more runs, wins the match. But if the super over also gets tied, then the team who hits the most boundaries in the match wins the game.

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