Law 8 – The Wickets


8.1 Description, Width, and Pitching

To set the stage for a game of cricket, teams must position two sets of wickets in a symmetrical manner, The Wickets Should be directly opposite and parallel to each other, right at the heart of the bowling creases. Each of these wicket sets should be precisely 9 inches or 22.86 centimeters in width. A wicket set consists of three wooden stumps topped with two wooden bails. For further details.

8.2 Size of Stumps

The height of the stumps’ tops above the playing surface is mandated at 28 inches or 71.12 centimeters, and their shape should resemble a dome, except for the grooves meant for the bails. Above the playing surface, the upper portion of a stump assumes a cylindrical shape, except for the domed peak. This section should have a circular cross-section with a diameter not less than 1.38 inches or 3.50 centimeters, nor exceeding 1.5 inches or 3.81 centimeters. For further information.

8.3 The Bails

8.3.1 When the bails are in their designated positions atop the stumps, they should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The bails must not exceed 0.5 inches or 1.27 centimeters above the stumps.
  • The bails should fit snugly between the stumps without causing them to tilt away from the vertical position.

8.3.2 Each individual bail must conform to precise specifications, which include:

  • Overall length of 4.31 inches or 10.95 centimeters.
  • The length of the barrel section measuring 2.13 inches or 5.40 centimeters.
  • A longer spigot measuring 1.38 inches or 3.50 centimeters.
  • A shorter spigot measuring 0.81 inches or 2.06 centimeters.

8.3.3 Both spigots and the barrel should align along the same central axis.

8.3.4 The Governing Body for the match and the ground authority may employ safety measures to restrict the distance a bail can dislodge from the stumps, with the primary objective of protecting players, pending approval.

8.4 Junior Cricket

In the context of junior cricket, the relevant Governing Body for cricket within the respective country shall determine the dimensions of the stumps and bails.

8.5 Dispensing with Bails

Umpires have the discretion to forego the use of bails if deemed necessary. If both umpires concur on this decision, no bails shall be placed on either set of stumps. The reintroduction of bails into play should occur as soon as conditions permit.

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