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ICC Laws for Umpires

ICC Laws for Umpires


1 Appointment and attendance
As far as the selection and appointment of Test match umpires is concerned the following rules shall be followed.
Able to do this:
1.1 The following match officials are to be appointed for each Test match.
1.1.1 One (1) ICC Match Referee, appointed by the ICC from the ICC Elite Panel of Referees or the ICC

Panel of International Referees:

1.1.2 Two (2) on-field umpires, appointed by the ICC from the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires or ICC.
International Panel of Umpires.
1.1.3 One (1) third umpire, who shall act as emergency on-field umpire and shall be responsible in respect of DRS,
Appointed by the ICC from either the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires or the ICC International Panel of Umpires. The Laws of the Game governing the use of DRS and a third umpire are contained in Appendix D.
1.1.4 One (1) fourth umpire, who shall act as an emergency third umpire, appointed by the Board.
Nominated for ICC International Panel of Umpires.
1.2 As soon as possible before each Test match, the ICC shall inform the Home Board of their names.
The referees and home board will advise the visiting team manager of all match names.


1.3 No team shall have the right to object to the appointment of an umpire or match referee.
1.4 The umpires shall control the game with complete impartiality and under these playing conditions.
Be at the ground at least two hours before the scheduled start of play on the first day.
At least 1.5 hours before the scheduled start of each upcoming day’s play.

Umpire change:

3 Consultation with Home Board
Before the match, the umpire shall consult the home board to determine:
3.1 Balls used during the match. See Clause 4 (The Ball).
3.2 times and duration of play and any agreed breaks
3.3 What clock or clocks and backup timepieces are to be used during the match?
3.4 LIMITATION OF PLAYING FIELD. See Clause 19 (Limitations).
3.5 Use of Cover. See Clause 10 (Covering the Pitch).
3.6 Any particular playing condition affecting the conduct of the match.

Wickets, Crease, and Boundaries 4:

The umpires shall satisfy themselves before the toss and during the match.
4.1 The crease is correctly marked. See Clause 7 (Crease).
4.2 Wickets are constructed correctly. See Clause 8 (Wickets).
4.3 The boundary of the field of play complies with the requirements of Clause 19.1 (Determination of boundary
of the playing field), 19.2 (identification and marking of boundaries) and 19.3 (maintenance of boundaries).

Conduct of matches, equipment, and supplies 5:

The umpires shall satisfy themselves before the toss and during the match.
5.1 The conduct of the match is strictly in accordance with these playing conditions.
5.2 The equipment used in the match is as follows.
5.2.1 Clause 4 (The Ball).
5.2.2 The externally visible requirements of clause 5 (beat) and paragraph 1 of Annex B.
5.2.3 Either Clause 8.2 (Stump Size) and 8.3 (The Bells).
5.3 No player uses equipment other than as permitted. See paragraph 2 of Appendix A. Note in particular.
It has the interpretation of a ‘safety helmet’.
5.4 The wicketkeeper’s gloves comply with the requirements of clause 27.2 (Gloves).

Fair and unfair play 6:

Umpires shall be the sole judges of fair and unfair play.

Fitness for Sport 7 Umpires :

7.1 It is entirely up to the umpires to decide whether ground conditions, weather or light, or
Extraordinary circumstances mean that the conduct of the game would be dangerous or unreasonable.
Conditions will not be considered either dangerous or unreasonable because they are not ideal.
The fact that the grass and ball are wet does not guarantee what the ground conditions are supposed to be.
unreasonable or dangerous.
7.2 Conditions shall be considered dangerous if there is an actual and potential risk to the safety of a player
or the umpire.
7.3 Terms shall be deemed unreasonable if, although there is no risk to safety, it is not reasonable
To advance the game.
7.4 If the umpire considers the ground to be so wet or slippery as to deprive the bowler of proper footing,
Power fielders with free movement, or batsmen with the ability to play their own strokes
wickets, then the conditions would be considered so bad that it would be dangerous and unreasonable.
to play.

Suspension of play in dangerous or unreasonable circumstances 8

8.1 All references to ground include pitch. See clause 6.1 (area of pitch).
8.2 If at any time the umpires agree that ground conditions, weather or light, or any other
If conditions are dangerous or unreasonable, they will immediately suspend play, or not allow play.
Starting or restarting. A decision as to whether the circumstances are bad enough to warrant such action.
For umpires alone, after consultation with the ICC Match Referee.

8.3 If the conditions are confirmed, the umpires will stop play.

and give instructions to the ground authority.
Use whatever process and equipment is necessary to remove as much dew as possible.
From the outfield when conditions become unreasonable or dangerous. Umpires can also give instructions.
Ground staff shall conduct such action during scheduled and unscheduled intervals in the game.
8.4 Umpires shall ignore the shadow of any permanent object or on the stadium pitch.
8.5 light meter
It is the responsibility of the ICC to provide match officials with light meters to be used accordingly.
The conditions of this game.
8.5.1 All light meters shall be uniformly calibrated.
8.5.2 The umpire shall be entitled to use the light meter reading as a guideline to determine whether there is light.
Be fit to play in accordance with the criteria set out in clause 2.8.2 above.
8.5.3 Umpires may use light meter readings as follows: Determining whether there is any deterioration or improvement in illumination at any stage. As a standard for the remainder of the match.
8.6 Use of Artificial Lights

Opinion of the Umpires

If, in the opinion of the umpires, natural light is falling to an inappropriate level, they will allow a ground.
The option to use available artificial light so that the match starts or continues acceptably.
The conditions
Provisions relating to delay or interruption of play in case of power failure or failure of lights
Bad weather or lighting will apply.
Home boards may seek ICC approval for amendments prior to the start of the series.

For day/night Test matches, the updated floodlights switch on at different times of the day.
The decision will be taken by the home board before the match and the ICC,

match referee will be formally informed.
8.7 It is the responsibility of the umpires to monitor the situation when play is suspended. He will.
As often as appropriate, inspect without a player or official present. Immediately
If the umpires agree together that the situation is no longer dangerous or unreasonable, they will call the umpire.
Players restart the game.
8.8 The safety of all persons on the ground is of the utmost importance to the ICC. In any case
Threatening conditions, whether real or perceived (including weather, attacks on the pitch, action etc.)
of God, etc.), then the umpires, on the advice of the ICC match referee, suspend play and all
Players and officials should be asked to leave the field of play.

immediately in a safe and orderly manner.
Moving to a safe and secure area until satisfactory passage (depending on each specific hazard)
or resolution of such threat or danger to the reasonable satisfaction of the Umpires, ICC Match Referees
Head of the relevant Land Authority, Head of Land Security, and/or Police as the case may be.
may be needed.
8.9 Where a decision to end or restart play under clause 2.8.8 above is suspended.
Responsibility of the ICC Match Referee who will act only after consultation with the Head of Ground Security.
And the police.

Position of Umpires 9:

The umpires shall stand where they can best view any action that may require their judgment.
Under this overriding consideration, the bowler’s end umpire would be in a position not to interfere.
Either the bowler’s run-up or the striker’s theory.
​The striker’s end umpire may choose to stand on the offside rather than the inside of the pitch, provided he so informs.
Captain, Striker, and Second Umpire of the fielding side.

10 Umpires Changed:

After each side completes one innings, the umpires will change heads. See Clause 13.3 (complete

11 Dissent and disagreement:

Where there is disagreement or disagreement, the umpires together will make the final decision. See
Also Article 31.6 (Consultation of Umpires).
12 Umpire’s Decision
The umpire may change any decision provided that such,

Also, the umpire’s decision, once made, is final.

13 Signal:

13.1 The following code of signals shall be used by the umpires.
13.1.1 Signals made during ball play
Nine Ball – With one arm extended horizontally.
Out – by raising the index finger above the head. (If not out, the umpire will call not out.)
Deadball – By crossing and recrossing the wrists below the waist.
13.1.2 When the ball is dead, the bowler’s end umpire shall repeat the signal in clause
Except for the out signal, for scorers.
13.1.3 The following signals to goal scorers,

shall be made only when the ball is dead.
Boundary 4 – Finishing with the arm across the chest while swinging the arm from side to side
Limit 6 – Raise both arms overhead
Goodbye – Open hand raised above the head.
Beginning of the last hour – point to the raised wrist with the other hand.

Leg Bye – By touching the raised knee with the hand.

New Ball:

New Ball – Catching the ball from above.
Cancel the last signal – by touching both shoulders, each with the opposite hand.
Short run – by bending one arm overhead and touching the tips near the shoulder
The fingers
The following indicators are for Level 4 player conduct offenses. A signal has two parts, both
Level 4 Behavior Part 1 – By placing one arm on one side of the body and out repeatedly
Raise and lower it.

Part 2 Umpires:

Part 2 – Raise the index finger, at shoulder height, to the side Body.

13.1.4 All indications in clause 13.1.3 shall be made by the bowler and umpire except for short runs,
At the end of which the umpire will tell where the short running takes place. However, the bowler’s end
The umpire will be responsible both for giving the final signal to the scorers for short runs and in case of multiple runs.
Short, to tell them how many runs to score.
13.2 The umpire shall wait until each signal to the scorer is acknowledged separately by the previous scorer.
Allows the game to proceed.

14 Informing Umpires:

Wherever umpires have to seek information from captains or other players under these playing conditions.
It is sufficient for one umpire to be aware and inform the other umpire.

15 Accuracy of scores:

Consultation between umpires and scorers is necessary on doubtful points. Umpires throughout the match
Accuracy of runs, wickets falling, and where
Appropriate, number of overs.
The umpires shall ensure that they can contact the scorers at any time during and at the end of the match.
To resolve any issues related to the accuracy of the score.

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