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November 14 2018

12 Of the Weirdest Rules in Cricket

- by Benny Thompson

With over hundred years of international history, cricket is one of the oldest and most iconic sports in the world. But despite the advancement in rules and technology, cricket remains very traditional which means that some of the rules have remained unchanged. In this day and age, some of those rules hardly make sense and seem downright weird. Here are 12 such rules:

1. You have to appeal for a wicket whether the batsman is out or not. The umpire can only dismiss the batsman when the fielding team appeals. If the batsman is out but the fielding team does not appeal, the umpire cannot declare him out.

2. A batsman can be declared out if he hits the ball twice after the bowler has bowled. But the umpire reserves the right to decide if the double strike was an accident and in such an event, he can declare the batsman not out.

3. Even if a wicket has fallen and the umpire has declared the batsman out, the captain of the fielding team can reverse the decision. With the umpire’s permission, the fielding team’s captain can call the batsman to bat again. This rule exists to keep the spirit of the game alive.

4. Members of the fielding team, especially the wicketkeeper, use the helmet from time to time. This means that when they’re not wearing it, it might be placed on the playing field. If the batsman’s shot hits a fielding team’s helmet placed in the field of play, it is declared as a penalty for preventing a boundary and five runs are awarded.

5. If a ball touches a fielder’s cap or helmet before he takes a catch, the wicket is not given. But it is a wicket if it hits any other part of the fielder’s body or attire before he pouches it.

6. The bowler can get the batsman at the non striker’s end run out if the latter steps out of the crease before the ball has been bowled. Anticipating a single, the batsman might step out even before the bowlers release the ball and in such an event, the bowler can pause the delivery and knock the bails off. This technique was first used by Vinoo Mankad during a Test series in Australia and hence it is referred to as Mankading.

7. If the ball hits the Spidercam, it is declared as a dead ball. Even if it was a definite six or a catch, the delivery is not counted and has to be retaken.

8. You cannot have two fielders behind the batsman on the leg side. This rule is made keeping the spirit of the game in mind because that way, a bowler can have two fielders behind the batsman on either side and keep delivering bouncers. Apart from being unplayable, this could also potentially injure the batsman.

9. The field needs to be mowed before the start of play on all five days of a Test match. This is irrespective of how much grass there is on the field. Even if the field is barren, the blade has to be set slightly higher than usual to not affect the field, it nevertheless has to be mowed.

10. The match can be played without bails. It is within the laws of the game and if the wind keeps knocking the bails over, the match may continue after the bails have been removed from the stumps.

11. The batsman is declared caught behind even if the ball hits his glove and not the bat. But if the glove is not in contact with the bat when the ball hits it, the batsman is not out.

12. After a wicket has fallen, if the next batsman is not ready to bat within three minutes, he is declared out as well. This type of wicket is called timed out.

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