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Law changes 2013 explained

MCC has decided to make some alterations to the Laws of Cricket, which will come into effect on 1 October 2013 as part of the Laws of Cricket 2000 Code 5th Edition 2013.

Some of the changes made in this 5th Edition are significant and materially alter the outcome from the 4th Edition, whilst others are simply aimed at creating more clarity or consistency with other Laws, rather than involving a change in policy. 

In each of the pages on the right hand side of this page, there is an explanation of the more significant changes, together with some reasoning for them and a guide for their interpretation and application.  There are also some videos which will hopefully help to clarify the Laws.
The most noteworthy changes are as follows:

  • A new No ball Law (24.6) making it a No ball if the bowler breaks the wicket during his delivery stride.  (See Law 24)
  • A batsman with a runner is now protected if he is ‘stumped’ off a No ball.  Previously, he would have been out run out.  (See Law 2.8)
  • The moment at which a batsman can be out Handled the ball has been limited to when he is playing the ball or its immediate aftermath, i.e. when defending his wicket.  Consequently, only the striker can be out this way.  Any subsequent handling by either batsman will be subject to Obstructing the field.  (See Laws 33 and 37)
  • Hit the ball twice – it is no longer possible to score any runs after making a lawful second strike (in defence of his wicket).  Previously, runs could be taken after a lawful second strike only after an overthrow had occurred, but this option of run scoring has been removed completely. (See Law 34)
  • Practice on the field – players are now allowed to bowl a ball to a fielder as a loosener, even if it bounces on the ground, as long as it does not waste time or is not being done to damage the ball.  (See Law 17)

If you would prefer to view the changes, an explanation for them and some examples of their practical uses, in a written PDF format, please click here to download this document.

The 2013 Law changes quiz

Think you've got the hang of the changes to the Laws in the the 5th Edition of the 2000 Code of the Laws of Cricket?

Take our 20-question quiz, based entirely on the latest changes, and see how you get on.

Click here to take the quiz.

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