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ICC Rules and Regulations for the Pitch

ICC Rules and Regulations for the Pitch

ICC Rules and Regulations for the Pitch:

A pitch is a rectangular area of ground 22 yards/20.12 meters long and 10 feet/3.05 meters wide. It is binding.
Either at the end of the bowling crease or through the imaginary lines on either side, adding one on each side of the imaginary line.
Centers of two middle stumps, each parallel to and 5 ft/1.52 m from it. If the pitch is synthetic pitch.
Which is about 5 feet/1.52 meters from the middle stump, the pitch on that side will only extend to its junction.
two levels. See Clauses 8.1 (Details, Width, and Pitching), 7.2 (The Bowling Crease), and Appendix C.
Fitness of the pitch for the game:

The umpire shall be the sole judge of the fitness of the pitch for play. See clauses 2.7 (fitness to play), 2.8
(Suspension of Play in Dangerous or Unreasonable Circumstances) and 6.4 (Changing the Pitch)

Selection and preparation:

Before the match, the ground authority will be responsible for the selection and preparation of the pitch. During
the match, the umpires shall control its use and maintenance.
The ground authority shall ensure that during the period before the start of the game and during the intervals,
The pitch area will be cordoned off to prevent unauthorized access. (The pitch area shall include an area
at least 2 meters from the rectangle formed by the crease marks at both ends of the pitch).
The fourth umpire shall ensure that, before the start of play and during any interval, only authorized personnel,
ICC match officials, players, team coaches, and authorized television personnel will be allowed access.
in the pitch area. Such access shall be subject to the following limitations:
Only captains and team coaches may walk on the actual playing surface of the pitch area (outside the crease marks).
Access to the pitch area by television personnel shall be limited to one camera crew (including one or
two television commentators) of officially licensed television broadcasters (but not news crews).

No Shiny Shoes will be Allowed:

No one is allowed to bounce the ball on the pitch, hit it with the bat, or damage the pitch.
any other way.
Access will not interfere with pitch preparation.
In case of any dispute, the ICC Match Referee will decide and their decision will be final.

Change the pitch:

If the on-field umpire decides that it is dangerous or unreasonable to continue to play in the match,
They shall stop play and immediately advise the ICC Match Referee.
The on-field umpires and ICC match referees will then consult with both the captains.
If the captain agrees to continue, the game will restart.
If a decision is not taken to restart play, the on-field umpire along with the ICC match referee will consider it.
Can the existing Surface be repaired and the match resumed from where it was stopped? I
In considering whether to allow such repairs, the ICC match referee must consider whether this will occur.
Put either side at an unfair advantage, given the game was played on an already dangerous Surface.
If it is decided that the existing cannot be repaired, the match will be declared a draw.
If the first scheduled day of the match is abandoned, the ICC Match Referee will consult him.
The home board should find a way for a new match (including a new nomination of teams
and toss) starting at the same date and location. Such a match can be played either on repair.
pitch or on any other surface, subject to both the ICC match referee and the relevant ground authority
Satisfied that the new surface will be of the required test quality. Between 11 lost playing time.
The scheduled start time of the original match and the original start time of the new match will be covered.

The provisions of Clause 12:

If it is not possible to start a new match as per the schedule on the first day of the original match, the concerned authorities
Participating boards will agree on whether a match can be replayed within the current tour.


During the above decision-making process, the ICC will keep the match referees informed.
Captain and Head of Ground Authority. The Head of Ground Authority will ensure that.
And public announcements are made immediately.

Non-Turf Pitch:

All Test matches will be played on natural pitches. Use of PVA and other adhesives in the manufacture of
Pitches are not allowed.
Junior Cricket will not apply.

Also Read: ICC Laws for the Ball

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