Practice Laws of Cricket with Vels

The Laws of Cricket (2000 Code 5th Edition – 2013)

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There are 42 Laws that govern the game of Cricket. Spirit of the Game is of primary requirement in all those laws.

The Preamble The Spirit of Cricket
Law 1 The Players
Law 2 Substitutes and runners; batsman or fielder leaving the field; batsman retiring; batsman commencing innings
Law 3 The umpires
Law 4 The scorers
Law 5 The ball
Law 6 The bat
Law 7 The pitch
Law 8 The wickets
Law 9 The bowling, popping and return creases
Law 10 Preparation and Maintenance of the playing area
Law 11 Covering the pitch
Law 12 Innings
Law 13 The follow-on
Law 14 Declaration and forfeiture
Law 15 Intervals
Law 16 Start of play; cessation of play
Law 17 Practice on the field
Law 18 Scoring runs
Law 19 Boundaries
Law 20 Lost ball
Law 21 The result
Law 22 The over
Law 23 Dead ball
Law 24 No ball
Law 25 Wide ball
Law 26 Bye and Leg bye
Law 27 Appeals
Law 28 The wicket is down
Law 29 Batsman out of his ground
Law 30 Bowled
Law 31 Timed out
Law 32 Caught
Law 33 Handled the ball
Law 34 Hit the ball twice
Law 35 Hit wicket
Law 36 Leg before wicket
Law 37 Obstructing the field
Law 38 Run out
Law 39 Stumped
Law 40 The wicket-keeper
Law 41 The fielder
Law 42 Fair and unfair play
Appendix A Law 8 (The wickets)
Appendix B Law 7 (The pitch) and 9 (The bowling, popping and return creases)
Appendix C Wicket-keeping gloves
Appendix D Definitions and explanations of words and phrases
Appendix E Law 6 (The bat)






In olden days it was assumed that this a Gentleman’s game and we need to play in that sense. But Now-a-days due to overwhelming popularity MCC thought to put them in words as a guideline to be followed while playing this game.

The Laws of Cricket
The Preamble – The Spirit of Cricket

Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains

1 There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the captain

Responsibility of captains
The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as withing the Laws.

Players’ conduct
In the event of a player failing to comply with instructions by an umpire, or criticising by word or action the decisions of an umpire, or showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the players’s captain, and instruct the latter to take action.

2 Fair and unfair play

According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play
The umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required

3 The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:

Time wasting
Damaging the pitch
Dangerous or unfair bowling
Tampering with the ball
Any other action that they consider to be unfair

4 The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:

Your opponents
Your own captain and team
The role of the umpires
The game and its traditional values

5 It is against the Spirit of the Game:

To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture
To direct abusive language towards an opponent or an umpire
To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:

(a) to appeal knowing that the batsman is not out
(b) to advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
(c) to seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unneccessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side

6 Violence
There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play

7 Players
Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution to this

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    4.The___________ are responsible at ______________ for ensuring that play is conducted within the ________________ as well as within the _________

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    8.According to __________ the ____________ the ______________ of fair and unfair play

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    16.It is ______________________ to dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture

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    17.It is ______________________ to direct abusive language towards an opponent or an umpire

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