In October 1998 Law 42.9 and text (p.194) become
9 THE BOWLING OF HIGH FULL PITCHES
Any high full pitched ball (regardless of its pace) which passes or would have passed above waist height of the Batsman standing upright at the crease shall be called and signalled ‘No Ball’ by the Umpire at the Bowler’s end.
In the event of a Bowler bowling a ‘fast’ high full pitched ball (i.e. a "beamer"), the Umpire at the Bowler's end shall adopt the procedure of caution, final warning, action against the Bowler and reporting as set out in 42.8 above.
However if the Umpire at the Bowler's end considers that such a ‘fast’ high full pitch has been bowled ‘deliberately’ at the Batsman he shall call and signal ‘No Ball’ and direct the Captain of the fielding side to take the Bowler off forthwith without adopting the procedure of caution and final warning.
High full pitches
The Law clearly defines high full pitches. There are three ‘levels’ of transgression. The umpire must call and signal No ball every time , at whatever level, even if the delivery might otherwise be deemed a Wide ball. They are:
- a high full pitch (a No ball penalty only)
- a fast high full pitch
- a fast high full pitch deliberately bowled at the batsman.
At the first fast high full pitch, the umpire must begin the procedure of caution, final warning, action against the bowler and reporting, including the call and signal of No ball. At each repetition, the procedure is to be taken to the next stage. The criterion for judging a ball fast is how much time the striker has to deal with this potentially lethal delivery. The threshold for a young, inexperienced batsman will be lower than for a skilled one.
For a fast high full pitch bowled at the striker deliberately, the penalty not merely of No ball but also of instant suspension, without any warnings, is a serious one. Umpires must not hesitate to direct the captain to impose this sanction if it is warranted. They must play their part in eradicating this dangerous bowling from the game.
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