Ground Weather and Light - Page 3

The aim of this Guidance is to assist umpires to decide, under the MCC Laws of Cricket, if play should be allowed to start, continue or resume, solely as a consequence of weather or weather-related conditions. Save where otherwise expressly noted, this Guidance does not address other situations when ground conditions may need to be assessed. The Guidance provides generic advice and umpires will be required to use their judgement based upon the weather and ground conditions they experience. 1.0 INTRODUCTION One of the greatest challenges for cricket umpires at all levels of the game is the management of ground, weather and light as set out in Laws 3.8, 3.9 and 7.2. These Laws require umpires to suspend play, or not to allow play to start or resume, when, in their opinion, the conditions are dangerous or unreasonable. Law 3.8(b) states that ‘Conditions shall be regarded as dangerous if there is actual and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire’. This is the standard that must be applied to all decisions relating to the ground, weather and light. 1.1 Purpose of this Guidance This Guidance covers: 1) the factors that umpires take into account in assessing if conditions of ground, weather and light caused by the weather (‘GW&L’) are dangerous or unreasonable and 2) the procedures that it is suggested umpires follow to make that assessment. However, no Guidance can anticipate the full range of conditions that umpires may face and the key test for all decisions is that quoted above from Law 3.8(b). The Laws of Cricket (2000 Code 4th Edition – 2010) marked a significant change in who carried the responsibility for all GW&L decisions in all matches played under the MCC Laws of Cricket. It was this Edition that removed any player involvement in the decision making. It is now the sole responsibility of the umpires to decide together whether conditions are fit for play. 1 92018 ECB Ground Weather and Light.indd 3 15/03/2016 15:58