Cricket Umpires Australia

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The MCC has been the custodian of the Laws of Cricket since the Club's formation in 1787.

The laws of cricket clearly explain the expectations of how participants will behave on the field, and they also outline sanctions should these expectations not be met. The below explanation is taken from the MCC Laws of Cricket, which is universally applied across all countries and cultures.

Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game.

There are two Laws which place the responsibility firmly on the captain.

The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.

In the event of a player failing to comply with instructions by an umpire, or criticising by word or action the decisions of an umpire, or showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player's captain, and instruct the latter to take action.

Fair and unfair play

According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. The umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.

  • Time wasting
  • Damaging the pitch
  • Dangerous or unfair bowling
  • Tampering with the ball
  • Any other action that they consider to be unfair

Playing Conditions

While The Laws of Cricket provide the core rules for a game of cricket, almost every match played around the world has competition specific Playing Conditions which provide amendments to the laws to suit a particular match.

For example, The Laws of Cricket are the same for Test and Twenty20 matches, however the Playing Conditions allow us to play the different match formats.

Almost every cricket association has their own Playing Conditions/Regulations, please see below for some of the Playing Conditions used in elite cricket.


  • For all Men's and Women's Test, One-Day and T20 International Playing Conditions, please click here

Australian Domestic

  • For Marsh Sheffield Shield, Marsh One-Day Cup, KFC T20 Big Bash League, WNCL, rebel WBBL and Toyota Second XI competition Playing Conditions as well as Cricket Australia Code and Policies, please click here