Ground Weather and Light - Page 8

3.0 ASSESSING GROUND CONDITIONS – FACTORS FOR CONSIDERATION 3.1 Introduction This section of the Guidance deals with the factors to be considered in assessing whether ground conditions caused by the weather (ie as opposed to bad light or lightning, which are dealt with separately at the end of this Guidance) are dangerous or unreasonable. 3.2 Factors to be considered in assessing ground conditions In the recent case, the judge referred to and adopted the following part of Law 3.9(d) of the 2000 Code (2nd Edition 2003): ‘The fact that the grass and the ball are wet and slippery does not warrant the ground conditions being regarded as unreasonable or dangerous. If the umpires consider the ground is so wet or slippery as to deprive the bowler of a reasonable foothold, the fielders of the power of free movement, or the batsmen of the ability to play their strokes or run between wickets, then these conditions shall be regarded as so bad that it would be unreasonable for play to take place.’ [Emphasis added and for ‘unreasonable’ read dangerous]. Play should not start, resume or continue if conditions are dangerous or unreasonable. Conditions are not ‘dangerous’ only when the whole field