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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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2015-11-21 Hit the Wicket:

I would consider Law 35.1 (iv) ... in lawfully making a second or further stroke for the purpose of guarding his wicket within the provisions of Law 34.3 (Ball lawfully struck more than once).    If you

2015-11-15 Question related to Keeping and Bowling:

It is optional for keeper to wear pads and gloves.     However he is the only fielder allowed to wear external protection.    If Rahane stood in tradional keeper position and Dhoni did not wear gloves

2015-11-14 Injured batsman resume his innings:

Umpires should use common sense to maximise playing time and enjoyment of players.    Do try to get a copy of Tom Smith's book - should be available from Marine Sports.  Theo Braganza or Marcus Cuoto may

2015-11-13 Injured batsman resume his innings:

I think you are looking a little too deeply into the intricacies of Law in a very unusual situation.    Umpires should use common sense to facilitate the game without being officious.    If the batsman

2015-11-10 Batsman damging the pitch:

This is covered by custom and practice rather than Law.    You are correct that the batsman should use his hand rather than his foot.    There is a fine line between the batsman flattening a bump legitimately

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