1. Weight and size
The ball, when new, shall weigh not less than 5½ ounces/155.9g,
nor more than 5¾ ounces/163g, and shall measure not
less than 813/16 in/22.4cm, nor more than 9 in/22.9cm
2. Approval and control of balls
(a) All balls to be used in the match, having been approved
by the umpires and captains, shall be in the possession
of the umpires before the toss and shall remain under
their control throughout the match.
(b) The umpire shall take possession of the ball in
use at the fall of each wicket, at the start of any
interval and at any interruption of play.
3. New ball
Unless an agreement to the contrary has been made before
the match, either captain may demand a new ball at the
start of each innings.
4. New ball in match of more than one day's duration
In a match of more than one day's duration, the captain
of the fielding side may demand a new ball after the
prescribed number of overs has been bowled with the
The Governing Body for cricket in the country concerned
shall decide the number of overs applicable in that
country, which shall not be less than 75 overs.
The umpires shall indicate to the batsmen and the scorers
whenever a new ball is taken into play.
5. Ball lost or becoming unfit for play
If, during play, the ball cannot be found or recovered
or the umpires agree that it has become unfit for play
through normal use, the umpires shall replace it with
a ball which has had wear comparable with that which
the previous ball had received before the need for its
replacement. When the ball is replaced the umpires shall
inform the batsmen and the fielding captain.
The specifications as described in 1 above shall apply
to men's cricket only. The following specifications
will apply to
(i) Women's cricket
Weight: from 415/16 ounces/140g to 55/16 ounces /151g
Circumference: from 8¼ in/21.0cm to 87/8 in/22.5cm
(ii) Junior cricket - under 13
Weight: from 411/16 ounces/133g to 51/16 ounces/144g
Circumference: from 81/16 in/20.5cm to 811/16 in/22.0cm