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1. The ball becomes dead, when :
- It is finally settled in the hands of the Wicket Keeper or the Bowler.
- It reaches or pitches over the boundary.
- A Batsman is out.
- Whether played or not, it lodges in the clothing or equipment of a Batsman or the clothing of an Umpire.
- A ball lodges in a protective helmet worn by a member of the fielding side.
- A penalty is awarded under Law 20(Lost Ball) or Law 41.1 (Fielding the ball)
- The Umpire calls “over” or “time”
2. Either Umpire shall call and signal “dead ball”, when :
- He intervenes in a case of unfair play.
- A serious injury to a player or Umpire occurs.
- He is satisfied that, for an adequate reason, the Striker is not ready to receive the ball and makes no attempt to play it.
- The Bowler drops the ball accidentally before delivery, or the ball does not leave his hand for any reason, other than in an attempt to run out the Non-Striker.
- One or both bails fall from the Striker’s wicket before he receives delivery.
- He leaves his normal position for consultation.
- He is required to do so under Law 26.3 (Disallowance of LegByes), etc.
3. The ball ceases to be dead, when :
- The Bowler starts his run up or bowling action.
4. The ball is not dead, when :
- It strikes an Umpire (unless it lodges in his dress).
- The wicket is broken or struck down (unless a Batsman is out thereby).
- An unsuccessful appeal is made.
- The wicket is broken accidentally either by Bowler during his delivery or by a Batsman in running.
- The Umpire has called “no ball” or “wide”.