Sri Lanka v New Zealand, tri-series, 4th ODI, Dambulla August 20, 2010

Mills punished for breaching warm-up rule


Kyle Mills was bizarrely banned from bowling for half an hour in Friday's rained-out game after breaching a little-known rule which states that a warm-up delivery can't bounce on the pitches in the middle. Mills, the New Zealand vice-captain, was given the ball for a new spell in the 39th over but the umpires stopped him from bowling after he was deemed to have broken Law 17.1 by pitching a practice delivery on the popping crease. The over was then bowled by Jacob Oram.

At the post-match press conference, Ross Taylor seemed amused by the incident. "He bowled a warm-up ball with BJ Watling coming on (to catch it). I saw it landed on the popping crease," Taylor said. "Mills' knowledge of the rule - 17.1 was it? He wasn't aware of the rule."

Though he laughed off the Mills half-hour bowling ban after the match, Taylor said it could have proved costly for New Zealand. "I must say we were lucky," he said. "Kyle being our best bowler and he could have only been able to bowl seven overs. In hindsight, it's funny but then it wasn't funny. But Kyle won't do that again."

This isn't the first time New Zealand have been at the receiving end of such a ban. "We had a similar situation in a warm-up game last year when Chris Martin did a similar thing. I am not sure where the rules say 30 minutes but I think he was off for an hour."

The incident comes four days after the Suraj Randiv no-ball controversy, which also involved a rule several players - including Virender Sehwag, Kumar Sangakkara and Taylor - said they were unaware of.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • Jim on August 21, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    They aren't "rules". They are "laws".

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    its true i havent seen bowlers pitching a practice delivery on the crease bt didnt know there was such a law also... ... its kind of a wierd law.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    If the UDRS was on, and the ball had landed very close to the edge of the pitch, could Mills have challenged the 30-minute ban using UDRS? :-)

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    I would expect they all know the rules. And have done such things in the past. The only thing that's changed is the desire to assert the rules. This is clearly part of a concerted effort by the umpires to tighten up the discipline and structure of the gentleman's game ahead of the world cup. Personally i think its a good thing.

  • Ben on August 21, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    What a stupid rule

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Well cant see it being a 'little-known' rule, since we see bowlers warming-up on there start-ups and pitching the ball on the field to there fellow fielders. It seems obvious they know they cant bowl a wam-up delivery on the pitches.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    How can an international player not know the rules of the game?

  • adrian on August 21, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    The whole No Ball issue is simply taken out of context by all concerned and I personally find administrators to be at fault. Why not implement the same guidelines as in a normal NO BALL scenario where the runs scored off the no ball is credited to the batsmen and the extra run added to Extras - in this case 6 to Sehwag and 1 to India extras! whether the scores are tied or not is not an issue.

    Secondly, even the front foot no ball - why not implement in Test and all forms of cricket? How many times have we seen batsmen get out of the extra delivery? It should be consistent across all formats.

    On rules alone - it will be good for at least the Captains are made to have an orientation on the laws of the game by accredited ICC umpires / referees etc. Its shame an international captain like Kumar S stating they were not aware of the rules - its like having a driving license and not knowing the road rules!

  • Anjana on August 21, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    What about having a test on the knowledge on MCC rules, before international debut of a player. Those who pass only will be allowed to play international cricket. Current players also should pass the exam in order to continue playing... I think most of the cricket fans know these rules better than players, nowadays.

  • Nataraaj on August 21, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    it's good to see umpair penalising miller for his act.. if millar or any one matter of fact don't know the law, they must accept it.. like wise...i think UDRS system should also be avalable in all ODI specially for LBW decisions.. because a wrong decision can change the result of the mach, so it should not happen.

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