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Law 17 (Practice on the field)

1. Practice on the pitch or the rest of the square

(a) There shall be no practice of any kind, at any time on any day of the match, on the pitch or on either of the two strips parallel and immediately adjacent to the pitch, one on either side of it, each of the same dimensions as the pitch.

(b) There shall be no practice of any kind on any other part of the square at any time on any day of the match, except before the start of play on that day or after the close of play on that day.  Practice before the start of play
    (i) must not continue later than 30 minutes before the scheduled time or any rescheduled time for play to start on that day.
    (ii) shall not be allowed if the umpires consider that it will significantly impair the surface of the square.

2. Practice on the outfield

All forms of practice are permitted on the outfield before the start of the day’s play on any day or after the close of play on any day
    or    during the lunch and tea intervals
    or    between innings,
providing the umpires are satisfied that such practice will not cause significant deterioration in the condition of the outfield.

Such practice must not continue later than 5 minutes before the scheduled or any rescheduled time for play to commence or to resume.


3. Practice on the outfield between the call of Play and the call of Time

(a) The restrictions in (b), (c) and (d) below shall apply not only between the call of Play and the call of Time but also during an interval for drinks, or on any other occasion when Time has been called but the players remain on the field of play.

(b) No ball other than the match ball may be used on the field of play.

(c) There shall be no bowling or batting practice on the outfield.  However, bowling a ball to a player in the outfield, using arm action only, although a form of practice shall not be regarded as bowling practice.

(d) All other forms of practice are permitted on the outfield either at the fall of a wicket or during other gaps in play for legitimate activities providing that
    (i)    only the fielders as defined in Appendix D participate in such practice
    (ii)    the umpire is satisfied that it will not contravene either of Laws 42.3 (The match ball – changing its condition) or 42.9 (Time wasting by the fielding side).

4.Trial run up

A bowler is permitted to have a trial run up provided the umpire is satisfied that it will not contravene either of Laws 42.9 (Time wasting by the fielding side) or 42.13 (Fielder damaging the pitch).

5. Penalties for contravention

All forms of practice are subject to the provisions of Laws 42.3 (The match ball – changing its condition), 42.9 (Time wasting by the fielding side) and 42.13 (Fielder damaging the pitch).  Additionally, if there is a contravention of any of the provisions of 1, 2, or 3 above, the following penalties will apply. 

If the contravention is

(a) by a fielder, he shall not be allowed to bowl after the contravention until
    either at least one hour has elapsed
    or there has been at least 30 minutes of playing time since the contravention, whichever is sooner.  

If the contravention is by the bowler during an over, he shall not be allowed even to complete that over.  It shall be completed by another bowler, who shall neither have bowled any part of the previous over nor be allowed to bowl any part of the next over.

(b) by a batsman,

(i) in the first instance, the umpire shall warn the player that the practice is not permitted, and inform the other umpire, the captain of the fielding side and, as soon as practicable, the captain of the batting side of the reason for this action.  This warning shall apply throughout the innings which is about to begin or is in progress.  The umpire shall so inform each incoming batsman.

(ii) if during that innings there is any further contravention by any batsman, the umpire shall award 5 penalty runs to the fielding side.  He shall inform the other umpire, the captain of the fielding side and as soon as practicable the captain of the batting side.

© Marylebone Cricket Club 2013


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