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Rules of the Cricket Tournament


The following Rules and Regulations will take effect in the future games of the above tournament:

1.  Each Team will comprise of 11 players.

2.  The number of players of opposing teams in a match shall be equal if the numbers exceed 11.  How the players are selected to play for each game is internal to each team. 

3.  The tournament shall be conducted on a knock out basis, and two matches will be played on two grounds simultaneously.  The winners of these two matches will play in the finals, to select the champions and first runner-up.  
While the two losing teams from the first two games will play in the second game to determined the 2nd runner-up & 3rd runner-up.

4.   Teams would assemble in the grounds at 8.30am for toss to determine the opposing teams for the semi finals and then the grounds.

5.   First ball will be bowled at 9.00 a.m.  If a team can not start at 9 am then the captain of that team could speak to their opposing captain to start the game later with reduced overs.
Such extensions would only be granted till 9.20am at which time the maximum number of overs would be reduced to 18 per team. Thereafter penalties would be imposed on teams which delay after 9.20 a.m. 
Penalties would be based in the reduction of one over for every 5 minutes or part thereof.  Lunch would be limited to one hour from the end of the first game. 
Penalties would be imposed for teams not starting in one hour in the same way as the morning.  The umpires would be told these rules and would be requested to strictly adhere to it. 

6.   The Yellow Nivia heavy tennis ball for cricket would be used in all tournaments. If the ball is changed, it must be done at least two months before the start of the tournament and with the consent of captains of all the participating teams.
If a ball to be used is agreed upon per rules above, then that ball would be used on all tournaments there after. If the ball being used is unavailable at a reasonable price, then the captains of the four teams shall select a new ball for future tournaments.

7.  Each team is restricted to a maximum of 20 overs.

8.  Each bowler is restricted to a maximum of 4 overs per innings (One over shall consist of six deliveries).

9. Batting would be from the same side of the wicket for 10 consecutive overs.  At the end of each over, bowlers would change as usual at the bowling end and the batsman would switch too.
The same procedure would be repeated for the next 10 overs after switching ends for batting and bowling.

10.  Deliveries which are wider than one and half feet on leg side and two feet on the off side shall be considered wide and one run awarded to the batting team for each of such deliveries,
and one additional delivery awarded to the bowler for each of such deliveries.

11. For each wide ball a run and any runs completed by the batsman or a boundary allowance shall be scored as wide balls.  All runs resulting from a wide ball shall be debited against the bowler
and one additional delivery shall be added for each wide ball. [ICC Rule 25:6]

12.  The following rules would apply to No- Balls: [ICC Rule 25:6]

  • Front foot of a bowler is completely outside the batting crease or is outside the boxed area of the pitch. [ICC Rule 24:5,I]
  • Back foot lands in line outside continuation of the pitch. [ICC Rule 24:5,ii]  The committee of captains shall demarcate this area.  This committee shall also have the right to change this rule to suit the community’s welfare.
  • Bent elbow while delivering the over arm ball. [ICC Rule 24:5,3]
  • Balls above the shoulder of the batsman. [ICC Rule 42:6,a]
  • Damaging the pitch after one warning. . [ICC Rule 42:11,12]
  • Balls passes or would have passed on the full above waist height. [ICC Rule 42:6,b]

13. For each No ball a run and any runs completed by the batsman or a boundary allowance shall be credited to the striker if ball has been struck by the bat and one additional delivery shall be added for each no ball. [ICC Rule 25:6]

14.  A Free Hit will be allowed  after a foot-fault no ball... the delivery following a no ball called for a foot fault (Law 24.5) shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. If the delivery for the free hit is not a legitimate delivery (any kind of no ball or a wide ball) then the next delivery will become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. For any free hit, the striker can be dismissed only under the circumstances that apply for a no ball, even if the delivery for the free hit is called wide ball. The umpires will signal a free hit by (after the normal No Ball signal) extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion. [ICC Rule 24.2]

15.   A batsman shall be deemed out if:

  • He is bowled (bails must fall off). [ICC Rule 30]
  • LBW, if we have neutral umpires.  In such an event an LBW shall be given only if the ball lands within the line of the stumps and at least one foot of the batsman is within the batting crease. [ICC Rule 36]
  • Stumped for being outside the crease while the ball is still live or until the ball is returned to the bowler for his next delivery. [ICC Rule 39]
  • Hit wicket [ICC Rule 35]
  • Caught off the bat or the region of the hand restricted from the wrist to the tips of the fingers. [ICC Rule 32]
  • Run out. [ICC Rule 38]

16.    In the event of substitution on the field  New Player (reserve) may not bat, bowl, keep wicket or act as captain. The original player may return if he has recovered. To be able to do this umpires should be consulted before he joins the team for fielding. A  captain can not object to  the substitution or where the fielder stands.  If a fielder fails to take the field with his side at the start of the match or at any later time, or leaves the field during a session of play, the umpire shall be informed of the reason for his absence,
and he shall not thereafter come on to the field during a session of play without the consent of the umpire.

17.  If a batsman "retires" (usually due to injury) and cannot return, he is actually "not out" and his retirement does not count as a dismissal, though in effect he has been dismissed because his innings is over. Substitute batsmen are not allowed.
In the event of an injured batsman being fit to bat but not to run, the umpires and the fielding captain may allow another member of the batting side to be a runner. The runner's only task is to run between the wickets instead of the injured batsman.
The runner is required to wear and carry exactly the same equipment as the incapacitated batsman. It is possible for both batsmen to have runners.

18.  ICC rules shall apply to matters not covered in theses rules.

19.  Games shall be officiated  by  neutral umpires.  All Neutral umpires should have a good knowledge of the game.  A neutral match  referee shall also be appointed for each game.
Failing this, the committee of captains shall submit the names of at least three   players with a good knowledge of the game from their team, who will be called upon to umpire the game in which they are not playing. 
If a team or player does not corporate with the decision of the committee that team shall be penalized at least 5 overs or 25 runs.

20.  Team Leader or Coordinator/ Captain of each team is responsible for building a team of players.  Teams shall be grouped as Miami (includes Ft. Myers, Naples, Keys, Port Charlotte), Orlando (includes Daytona Beach,
Ocala, Vero Beach and Melbourne), Tampa (includes Venice, Tallahassee and Gainesville), West Palm Beach (includes Stewart and Fort Lauderdale). 
If a Coordinator is not playing in the team then that coordinator can appoint the team leader to assist with all team matters and issues and work together with the Captain.

21.  Teams would have to tell the other team’s captain and the umpires the names of players to be used in a game and get their permission for those who’ll need runners.
The umpires shall have discretion, for other wholly acceptable reasons, to allow a substitute for a fielder, or a runner for a batsman, at the start of the match or at any subsequent time.

22.  Trophies will be awarded to the winning teams and the best performing individuals.  The Hosting team shall appoint a committee to decide on the selection of award winners.

23.  Changes to rules would only be made after an agreement between the ten-person steering committee that includes the four current team captains, the four local coordinators and the two tournament coordinators.
The current local coordinators are; Shriyan Shanmuganatha(Tampa), Lucky Gunawardene (Orlando), Senaka Senanayake (Miami) and Suren Perera (West Palm Beach). Current tournament coordinators are Selva Selvendran and Dr. Asoka Wijetillake.
These ten would be considered the steering committee for all decisions. 

24.     City coordinator shall nominate a deputy coordinator to work alongside with the current coordinator and as a replacement to step in the event of retirement/unavailability of the current coordinator to represent each city. 
These shall be…Indika Wanigaratne.(Miami), Upul De Silva(Orlando)… Anfaz Hamza(Tampa) Robinson Miral (West Palm Beach).  These deputy coordinators would automatically be added to the steering committee for a quadrangular of a year
in the in the event of the retiring/unavailability of a coordinator for that year.

25.  In the event of rain ,  a minimum of 10 overs must be completed by both sides. Then the winner will be selected on the basis of run rate. In other words if the first team batted for all 20 overs and scored 100 runs the second team
should score 50 runs for 10 overs.  The number of overs above 10 will be determined by the umpires and match referee. If the event the number of overs is restricted to under 20 for any inning, then the maximum number of overs
allowed per bowler will be based on the following formula:
Each over above 10 one bowler will be able to bowl one more over. This increment will only be allowed for different bowlers  for each increment above 10.  In other words:

  • 10 overs – Each bowler is restricted to 2 overs each
  • 12 overs – Two (2) bowlers are allowed a maximum 3 overs each, and the rest of the bowlers are restricted to 2 overs each
  • 13 overs- Three(3)  bowlers are allowed a maximum 3 overs each, and the rest of the bowlers are restricted to 2 overs each
  • 14 overs- Four(4)  bowlers are allowed a maximum 3 overs each, and the rest of the bowlers are restricted to 2 overs each
  • The same formula will be applied there on so that if there are 18 overs allowed – Three (3) bowlers are allowed a maximum 4 overs each, and the rest of the bowlers are restricted to 3 overs each


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