LAW 10 PREPARATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE PLAYING AREA
The pitch shall not be rolled during the match except as permitted in (a) and (b) below.
(a) Frequency and duration of rolling
for a period of not more than 7 minutes, before the start of each innings, other than
the first innings of the match, and before the start of each subsequent day’s play. See (d)
In addition to the rolling permitted above, if, after the toss and before the first innings of
the match, the start is delayed, the captain of the batting side may request that the
pitch be rolled for not more than 7 minutes. However, if the umpires together agree that
the delay has had no significant effect on the state of the pitch, they shall refuse such
request for rolling of the pitch.
(c) Choice of rollers
If there is more than one roller available the captain of the batting side shall choose which
one is to be used.
(d) Timing of permitted rolling
The rolling permitted (maximum 7 minutes) before play begins on any day shall be started
not more than 30 minutes before the time scheduled or rescheduled for play to begin. The
captain of the batting side may, however, delay the start of such rolling until not less than
10 minutes before the time scheduled or rescheduled for play to begin, should he so wish.
(e) Insufficient time to complete rolling
If, when a captain declares an innings closed, or forfeits an innings, or enforces
the follow-on, there is insufficient time for the pitch to be rolled for 7 minutes, or if
there is insufficient time for any other reason, the batting captain shall nevertheless be
permitted to exercise his option to have such rolling. The time by which the start of
the innings is delayed on that account shall be taken out of normal playing time.
2. Clearing debris from the pitch
(a) The pitch shall be cleared of any debris
(i) before the start of each day’s play. This shall be after the completion of mowing
and before any rolling, not earlier than 30 minutes nor later than 10 minutes before
the time or any rescheduled time for start of play.
(ii) between innings. This shall precede rolling if any is to take place.
(iii) at all intervals for meals.
(b) The clearance of debris in (a) above shall be done by sweeping, except where the
umpires consider that this may be detrimental to the surface of the pitch. In this case
the debris must be cleared from that area by hand, without sweeping.
(c) In addition to (a) above, debris may be cleared from the pitch by hand, without
sweeping, before mowing and whenever either umpire considers it necessary.
(a) Responsibility for mowing
All mowings which are carried out before the match shall be the sole responsibility of the
All subsequent mowings shall be carried out under the supervision of the umpires.
(b) The pitch and outfield
In order that throughout the match the ground conditions should be as nearly the same
for both sides as possible,
(i) the pitch
(ii) the outfield
shall be mown on each day of the match on which play is expected to take place, if
ground and weather conditions permit.
If, for reasons other than conditions of ground or weather, complete mowing of the
outfield is not possible, the Ground Authority shall notify the captains and umpires of the
procedure to be adopted for such mowing during the match.
(c) Timing of mowing
(i) Mowing of the pitch on any day shall be completed not later than 30 minutes before
the time scheduled or rescheduled for play to begin on that day, before any sweeping
prior to rolling. If necessary, debris may be removed from the pitch before mowing, by
hand, without sweeping. See 2(c) above.
(ii) Mowing of the outfield on any day shall be completed not later than 15 minutes
before the time scheduled or rescheduled for play to begin on that day.
4. Watering the pitch
The pitch shall not be watered during the match.
5. Re-marking creases
Creases shall be re-marked whenever either umpire considers it necessary.
6. Maintenance of footholes
The umpires shall ensure that the holes made by the bowler and batsman are cleared out and
dried whenever necessary to facilitate play.
In matches of more than one day’s duration, the umpires shall allow, if necessary, the re-
turfing of footholes made by the bowler in his delivery stride, or the use of quick-setting
fillings for the same purpose.
7. Securing of footholds and maintenance of pitch
During play, umpires shall allow the players to secure their footholds by the use of sawdust
provided that no damage to the pitch is caused and that Law 42 (Fair and unfair play) is not
8. Non-turf pitches
Whenever appropriate, the provisions set out in 1 to 7 above shall apply.
[Meaning for some important terms in TAMIL: subsequent-பின்னர் , significant-குறிப்பிடத்தக்க, nevertheless-எனினும், debris-இடிந்த, mowing-வெட்டுதல், sweeping-கூட்டுதல், detrimental- தீங்கு, footholes- கால்தாரைகள், தடங்கள், Secure-பாதுகாப்பு, sawdust-மரத்தூள், contravene-மீறுதல், appropriate-தக்க, provisions-விதிகள்]
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