Bowling Guards in Cricket

Bowling Guards in Cricket

Is it mandatory for the bowler to say his guard to the umpire before he starts bowling?

Exactly not, there is no rule or any mandatory for the bowler to go near the umpire and say, “ How he is going to bowl” like he’s going to bowl leg spin, off spin or any thing else. Just the bowler can bowl what ever he wants without any factor of umpire.

Infact the bowler himself respectively can go near to the umpire and intimate his guard, and even if the bowler doesn’t tell his guard, the umpire himself should reach the bowler and ask him the guard. But, in no way “ whatever the delivery is bowled by the bowler will not be given as “No-Ball” at all by the field umpires.

Bowling Guards in Cricket

There is one area where the bowler has to intimate his guard to the umpire that is when he changes his guard, like if he would like to change his guard from around the wicket to over the wicket or vice versa. And as per the norms if the bowler doesn’t say his guard when he changes obviously the field umpires will give that ball as “No-Ball”.

Whether a bowler is allowed to bowl both spin and fast in a same match and in a same over?

Absolutely yes, the bowler can bowl whatever he wants whether it is a spin or fast or any type of bowling of his own choice in the same match and also in same over.

Depending on nature of the ball, pitch conditions, match conditions or any thing else the bowler can bowl any type of bowling of his own choice without initiating to the umpire. Obviously there is no mandatory rule for the bowler to intimate his change in type of bowling to the umpire.

Depending on fielding positions, bowler’s run-up, bowling action the batsman has to decide himself what kind of bowling it is and then play.

And at the end of the day the bowler can bowl both spin or fast or any type of bowling of his own choice not only in the same match but also in the same over.


There are some legendary cricketers like Eknath Solkar former Indian cricketer at international level used to bowl fast when the ball was new and used to bowl left arm spin when the ball was old.

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2 responses to “Bowling Guards in Cricket”

  1. similarly can its possible to change batting guard??? i mean first 20 balls u face u played with right hand style and after that u play with left hand style,, so in short its is possible to change from right hand batsman to left hand batsman or vice-verse in any format specially in test matches or one day matches???? please reply

  2. it is possible to change batting guards???? can one can change from right hand batsman to left hand batsman in the same match or in same over????