1. Mode of delivery
(a) The umpire shall ascertain whether the bowler intends
to bowl right handed or left handed, over or round the
wicket, and shall so inform the striker.
It is unfair if the bowler fails to notify the umpire
of a change in his mode of delivery. In this case the
umpire shall call and signal No ball.
(b) Underarm bowling shall not be permitted except by
special agreement before the match.
2. Fair delivery - the arm
For a delivery to be fair in respect of the arm the
ball must not be thrown. See 3 below.
Although it is the primary responsibility of the striker's
end umpire to ensure the fairness of a delivery in this
respect, there is nothing in this Law to debar the bowler's
end umpire from calling and signalling No ball if he
considers that the ball has been thrown.
(a) If, in the opinion of either umpire, the ball has
been thrown, he shall
(i) call and signal No ball.
(ii) caution the bowler, when the ball is dead. This
caution shall apply throughout the innings.
(iii) inform the other umpire, the batsmen at the wicket,
the captain of the fielding side and, as soon as practicable,
the captain of the batting side of what has occurred.
(b) If either umpire considers that after such caution
a further delivery by the same bowler in that innings
is thrown, the umpire concerned shall repeat the procedure
set out in (a) above, indicating to the bowler that
this is a final warning.
This warning shall also apply throughout the innings.
(c) If either umpire considers that a further delivery
by the same bowler in that innings is thrown,
(i) the umpire concerned shall call and signal No ball.
When the ball is dead he shall inform the other umpire,
the batsmen at the wicket and, as soon as practicable,
the captain of the batting side of what has occurred.
(ii) the umpire at the bowler's end shall direct the
captain of the fielding side to take the bowler off
forthwith. The over shall be completed by another bowler,
who shall neither have bowled the previous over nor
be allowed to bowl the next over.
The bowler thus taken off shall not bowl again in that
(iii) the umpires together shall report the occurrence
as soon as possible to the Executive of the fielding
side and any Governing Body responsible for the match,
who shall take such action as is considered appropriate
against the captain and bowler concerned.
3. Definition of fair delivery - the arm
A ball is fairly delivered in respect of the arm if,
once the bowler's arm has reached the level of the shoulder
in the delivery swing, the elbow joint is not straightened
partially or completely from that point until the ball
has left the hand.
This definition shall not debar a bowler from flexing
or rotating the wrist in the delivery swing.
4. Bowler throwing towards striker's end before
If the bowler throws the ball towards the striker's
end before entering his delivery stride, either umpire
shall call and signal No ball. See Law 42.16 (Batsmen
stealing a run). However, the procedure stated in 2
above of caution, informing, final warning, action against
the bowler and reporting shall not apply.
5. Fair delivery - the feet
For a delivery to be fair in respect of the feet, in
the delivery stride
(i) the bowler's back foot must land within and not
touching the return crease.
(ii) the bowler's front foot must land with some part
of the foot, whether grounded or raised, behind the
If the umpire at the bowler's end is not satisfied that
both these conditions have been met, he shall call and
signal No ball.
6. Ball bouncing more than twice or rolling along
The umpire at the bowler's end shall call and signal
No ball if a ball which he considers to have been delivered,
without having previously touched the bat or person
of the striker,either (i) bounces more than twiceor
(ii) rolls along the ground before it reaches the popping
7. Ball coming to rest in front of striker's wicket
If a ball delivered by the bowler comes to rest in front
of the line of the striker's wicket, without having
touched the bat or person of the striker, the umpire
shall call and signal No ball and immediately call and
signal Dead ball.
8. Call of No ball for infringement of other Laws
In addition to the instances above, an umpire shall
call and signal No ball as required by the following
Law 40.3 - Position of wicket-keeper
Law 41.5 - Limitation of on side fielders
Law 41.6 - Fielders not to encroach on the pitch
Law 42.6 - Dangerous and unfair bowling
Law 42.7 - Dangerous and unfair bowling - action by
Law 42.8 - Deliberate bowling of high full pitched balls.
9. Revoking a call of No ball
An umpire shall revoke the call of No ball if the ball
does not leave the bowler's hand for any reason.
10. No ball to over-ride Wide
A call of No ball shall over-ride the call of Wide ball
at any time. See Law 25.1 (Judging a Wide) and 25.3
(Call and signal of Wide ball).
11. Ball not dead
The ball does not become dead on the call of No ball..37
12. Penalty for a No ball
A penalty of one run shall be awarded instantly on the
call of No ball. Unless the call is revoked, this penalty
shall stand even if a batsman is dismissed. It shall
be in addition to any other runs scored, any boundary
allowance and any other penalties awarded.
13. Runs resulting from a No ball - how scored
The one run penalty for a No ball shall be scored as
a No ball extra. If other penalty runs have been awarded
to either side, these shall be scored as in Law 42.17
(Penalty runs). Any runs completed by the batsmen or
a boundary allowance shall be credited to the striker
if the ball has been struck by the bat; otherwise they
also shall be scored as No ball extras.
Apart from any award of a 5 run penalty, all runs resulting
from a No ball, whether as No ball extras or credited
to the striker, shall be debited against the bowler.
14. No ball not to count
A No ball shall not count as one of the over. See Law
22.4 (Balls not to count in the over).
15. Out from a No ball
When No ball has been called, neither batsman shall
be out under any of the Laws except 33 (Handled the
ball), 34 (Hit the ball twice), 37 (Obstructing the
field) or 38 (Run out).