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Calling No Ball

Published: 1st April, 2003



1. Throwing instead of bowling. (See notes below)

2. Ball not released by bowler after bowling action.

3. If bowler changes his mode of delivery without notifying the umpire.

4. Underarm bowling without agreement before the match.

Bowler?s Foot Position at Delivery

5. Back foot touching the return crease.

6. Back foot landing outside the return crease.

7. No part of the front foot, whether grounded or raised, is behind the popping crease.

Unfair Play

8. Any short pitched ball passing above head height (standing) of the striker.

9. Slow full toss ball passing above shoulder height (standing) of the striker.

10. Fast full toss ball passing above waist height (standing) of the striker.

Fielding Position at Delivery

11. More than two fielders excluding wicket keeper behind the popping crease on the on side.

12. After the delivery and before the ball either touching / passing the bat or touching the batsman, a fielder except the bowler and wicket keeper, comes on the pitch, landed or in air.

13. After the delivery and before the ball either touching / passing the bat or touching the batsman, a wicket keeper comes in front of the striker's end wicket.


14. Ball bounces more than twice or rolls along the ground before reaching the popping crease.

15. Ball comes to a stop in front of the striker's wicket without touching the bat or batsman.

16. No ball and Wide ball in the same delivery is No Ball.

17. Bowler throws towards the striker's end before entering delivery stride which is not an attempt to run out the batsman.


The bowler is permitted, before entering his delivery stride, to attempt to run out the non-striker, however, the ball shall not count in the over.

If batsmen attempt to steal a run during the bowler's run up and the bowler does not attempt to run out either batsmen, the fielding side is awarded five penalty runs.

Bowling vs. Throwing

In throwing significant amount of force is gained from elbow by straightening (extending) from a flexed position.

In bowling, the bowler must not gain throwing force from the elbow joint of the bowling arm in the delivery swing. Once the bowler's arm has reached the level of the shoulder in the delivery swing, the elbow joint must not be straightened partially or completely from that point until the ball has left the hand. This means that if the elbow is flexed to some extent in the delivery swing, it must not be extended any further. Interesting to note that the elbow shortening (flexion) is allowed.


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