Law 4 – The Ball

The Ball

4.1 Weight and Size

When it’s brand new, the cricket ball must weigh no less than 5.5 ounces (155.9 grams) and no more than 5.75 ounces (163 grams). Its circumference should be no less than 8.81 inches (22.4 centimeters) and no more than 9 inches (22.9 centimeters).

4.2 Ball Approval and Control

4.2.1 All balls designated for use in the match, as determined by the umpires, must be in the possession of the umpires before the coin toss and must remain under their supervision throughout the entire match.

4.2.2 The umpire is responsible for taking possession of it currently in use in the following situations: when a wicket falls, at the commencement of any break, and during any interruptions in play.

4.3 Requesting a New Ball

Unless an agreement to the contrary has been reached before the match, either team captain may request a new ball at the beginning of each inning.

4.4 New Ball in Matches Lasting More Than One Day

In matches extending beyond a single day’s play, the captain of the fielding side may request a new ball when the number of overs bowled with the current one, excluding any partial overs, reaches 80 or more. The umpire will inform the other umpire, as well as the batters and the scorers, whenever a new ball is introduced into the game.

4.5 Replacement for a Lost or Unfit Ball

If, during the match, the ball becomes lost or unfit for play due to regular wear and tear, the umpires will replace it with a ball that has endured similar wear as the previous one before requiring replacement. The umpire will communicate this change to the batters and the fielding captain.

4.6 Bal Specifications

The specifications outlined in section 4.1 are applicable to men’s cricket exclusively. Different specifications apply to:

4.6.1 Women’s Cricket

Weight: between 4.94 ounces (140 grams) and 5.31 ounces (151 grams)

Circumference: between 8.25 inches (21.0 centimeters) and 8.88 inches (22.5 centimeters).

4.6.2 Junior Cricket – Under 13

Weight: between 4.69 ounces (133 grams) and 5.06 ounces (144 grams)

Circumference: between 8.06 inches (20.5 centimeters) and 8.69 inches (22.0 centimeters).

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