Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Batting Runner Usually Triggers Plenty of Chaos

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Batting Runner Usually Triggers Plenty of Chaos

Article excerpt

ONE thing that is not a regular occurrence in cricket matches, but one that umpires must be prepared for, is a batsman requiring a runner.

The first thing that the umpire must consider is when did the injury occur to the batsman that forces his asking for the runner.

The injury must have occurred since the start of the match.

If the player came into the match with the injury, he can only have a runner if the opposing captain agrees.

However, if he is injured or becomes ill during the match, the opposing captain has no say.

When a batsman has a runner, and he is off strike, it's a common misconception that the injured player must stand behind the square-leg umpire.

He may stand anywhere in the field of play, as long as he is not interfering in the play.

The most common procedure for the square-leg umpire, when a runner is involved in the game, is to move to the off side and position the runner at square leg. …

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