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Cricket umpiring and scoring. I can answer questions on MCC Laws of Cricket but not ICC and other special regulations, which are frequently changing. I cannot answer questions on careers as a cricket umpiring. For details of courses, visit (anywhere that has advertised), (UK only)

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2015-06-01 to become cricket umpire:

Sorry I do not know the domestic arrangements in your country.    In general, you need to join your local cricket club - most of them are grateful for someone to umpire.    They should be able to put you

2015-06-01 overhead no ball when batsman comes out of the crease:

When judging a Bouncer or a Beamer, the Law 42.6(b) says "... would have passed ... height of the striker when standing upright AT THE POPPING CREASE ...."    The striker cannot change a legal delivery

2015-05-20 Law 19.7 of Laws of Cricket:

The earliest reference I can find is 1947 code Law 20 although the excellent book "Next Man In" by Gerald Brodribb (1953 edition) does refer to a possible incident with W G Grace.  However there was nothing

2015-05-02 Stumped of a hight No ball:

If the umpire calls "No Ball" then the Striker cannot be out Stumped.    In judging the height of the ball, the umpire must consider where it would have been had the Striker been standing upright the Popping

2015-04-27 Maximum Legside fielders when bowling around the wicket:

MCC Law specifies that there must be no more than two fielders behind the Popping Crease on the Leg side at the INSTANT of DELIVERY.    There is no restriction of five fielders - I assume this is a local

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