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Conditions for Caught if the striker is not wearing gloves


If a batsman is not wearing gloves how does this affect the possibility of his being caught?


An essential requirement for the striker to be caught is that the ball has touched his bat.

The definitions in Appendix D and Law 6.8(b) are entirely clear. The hand is part of the bat, or the whole of a glove on the hand holding the bat is part of the bat. Moreover, under 6.8(a) he has to be ‘holding’ the bat. Without a glove therefore, the ball touching his hand, but not his wrist or arm, will make him liable to being caught, providing his hand is in contact with the bat.

[Law reference: 6.8,32]

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