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Rules of the Twenty 20 (20+20) Inning Cricket
(Prepared by Dr. I.R.Naqvi, Ex. National Panel Cricket Umpire, India)
The following playing conditions along with Laws of Cricket (2000 code) will apply in junior and senior domestic tournaments
LENGTH OF INNINGS:
  • Each side will play alternatively two innings of maximum twenty overs each, unless all out or result is achieved earlier. In the first innings of both sides, 20 overs should be bowled within 1 hour 20 minutes.
  • The penalty for not maintaining the over rate will be imposed in the first innings only of both the sides and so the innings of side batting second may be shortened if it bowled lesser number of overs in stipulated time in the first innings of the match. This rule will not be followed in the 3rd and 4th innings of the match.
NEW BALL:
  • Each new innings will be started with the new ball only
INTERVALS:
  • The interval for change of innings between both first and both second innings shall be ten minutes only while after completion of first innings of side batting second a twenty minutes break will be followed. Except these no other interval for drinks etc will be taken
DECLARATION
  • No side will forfeit or declare its innings close during the play
SUBSTITUTE:
  • If a substitute fielder is allowed for a player, by the umpires, and he returns on the field after a duration exceeding eight minutes, then he shall not be allowed to bowl in the innings until he remains on the filed for at least that length of time for which he was absent.
  • If before restricted period is over the innings of the batting side is closed, he shall not be allowed to bat also when his side’s innings starts until remaining part of his suspended bowling time is over, or five wickets of his side have fallen earlier.
  • These restrictions shall not apply to the player who suffers an external injury or he was absent from the field for very exceptional and completely acceptable reasons.
RESULT:
  • The side which scores total runs in excess than the runs scored in two completed innings of the opposite side shall win the match.
  • In an interrupted match, a result could be achieved only if both sides have completed at least their first innings.
  • Where due to interruptions the two innings of each side could not be completed the result will be decided on the basis of first innings score of both sides.

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