Umpiring Signals and What They Mean in Cricket
Part of the Cricket For Dummies Cheat Sheet
The officials in charge of a game of cricket are called umpires, and they have a whole array of signals to indicate the decisions they make during the course of a game. These are the most important.
Right arm outstretched. No-ball. This signal indicates that the bowler’s foot has landed over the front line of the bowling crease and the delivery is deemed a no-ball.
Both arms outstretched. Wide. This signal shows that the ball was out of reach of the batsman or woman and has been adjudged a wide. One run goes onto the batting team’s extras score, and the ball must be re-bowled.
Right leg raised and clasped by the right hand. Leg byes. This sign indicates that the ball hit the pads of the batsman or woman, not the bat, and that the runs completed are adjudged to be leg byes. These runs are not credited to the individual player’s score but to the team’s, as extras.
Right arm raised skywards. Byes. This shows that the ball has been missed by both the batsman or woman and the wicket-keeper. Any runs scored are deemed to be byes. Byes, like leg byes, are counted as extras.
Right hand and arm swept across the body. Four runs. This signal signifies that the ball has been hit all the way to the boundary. The ball has bounced on its way to the boundary and four runs have been scored.
Both arms held above the head and index fingers outstretched. Six runs. The ball has been hit over the boundary, without the ball bouncing. Six runs are awarded for this fab feat.
Index finger raised towards the batsman or woman. Out. The umpire has given the batsman or woman out and they have to leave the crease and take the long, lonely walk back to the pavilion.
Right arm held at out horizontally then flexed back to touch the shoulder. Short run. One of the batsmen or women has failed to touch their bat down beyond the front line of the bowling crease when going for a run. This is deemed a short run and the scorer is being told to take that run off the score.