Monday, 11 June 2018

11. Metal Tipped Stumps

ABM 25-Jun-2018

Adjust equipment rules to forbid metal parts in stumps.

Some old fashioned stumps have ferrules around the top (metal 'rings') and cone shaped spike covers. All held in place by sharp, little headless tacks.

These have an unsafe habit of detaching unpredictably when hit by the ball. Flying sharp metal parts tend to have a worrying impact. Much safer to avoid the problem by specifying ***all*** wood for stumps.

This is not explicit in the latest edition of the laws of cricket (See Law 8.1 and Appendix D)

This change is in response to an Umpire's report of metal tipped stumps used in a match in 2017/18. When we checked for rules against this we were slightly surprised to find out that there isn't one. It was suggested that "no metal stumps" is an old rule that "everybody knows". The reported incident demonstrates that this is not so.

There is a provision in the 2017 laws (8.3.4) to allow bails to be attached by strings to the stumps. This is to reduce the risk of flying bails hitting eyes following a tragic incident involving former South African Test wicketkeeper, Mark Boucher.
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But I have yet to see bails of this type in use.

There is a possibility that bails and stumps might be made of plastic or fibreglass or some modern material in the future. So far as I know these are not widely used or available at present. Because wooden stumps remain cheap and practical this means other materials needs not be considered in regulations.

This regulation change makes use of wooden stumps beyond dispute.


Add these regulations:

Saturday Playing Regulations
   9.13.1 Stumps and bails will be wholly made of wood.

Sunday 50 Over Playing Regulations
   9.3.1 Stumps and bails will be wholly made of wood.

Super 20 Playing Regulations

   11.3.1 Stumps and bails will be wholly made of wood.

Note: No Kit, Balls and Equipment set of regulations exists in current Super 20 Regs. See Super 20 Regs update issue

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