I have been watching cricket for quite some time and I have a few
questions. I'd appreciate someone with more cricket knowledge
answering some or all of these; pointers to info on the Web may
also help:

1. How does one calculate the "net run rate" (aside from the joke
"It's the run rate scored in the nets.") :-)

2.Why do one day players need to have numbers on their back?
Numbers don't seem neccessary in test cricket.

3. If a player performs badly or has a loss of form he is sometimes
dropped from the team. Why does the same not apply to umpires.
Do umpires have to explain bad decisions to anyone?

4. Was there always a "lbw rule"?

5. If a ball pitches outside leg stump it cannot be given lbw. Why?

6. Is there any other game that produces as many statistics as
cricket?

7. What is the difference between a "fast medium" and a "medium fast"
bowler? Can a fast bowler be re-classified as he becomes older
and therefore slower?

Thanks,
Nick.

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>1. How does one calculate the "net run rate" (aside from the joke
>"It's the run rate scored in the nets.") :-)

To calculate the nrr of team "A" in the tournament you add up all the runs
that they have scored and divide it by the number of overs they have faced.

Then take the number of runs that have been scored against team "A" and
divide it by the number of overs they have bowled.

Now subtract the second figure from the first and that gives you the net run
rate.

Keep in mind that if a team is bowled out in less than 50 overs the
calculation of the net run rate is based on the full 50 overs.

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>2.Why do one day players need to have numbers on their back?
>    Numbers don't seem neccessary in test cricket.

They don't - just makes it a little more interesting.

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>3. If a player performs badly or has a loss of form he is sometimes
>    dropped from the team. Why does the same not apply to umpires.
>    Do umpires have to explain bad decisions to anyone?

It probably does - but who knows what critera the "selectors" use.

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>4. Was there always a "lbw rule"?

Yes.  But its rules have changed numerous times over the last 150+ years.

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>5. If a ball pitches outside leg stump it cannot be given lbw. Why?

According to the LBW rule a ball *has* to pitch in line with the stumps in
order to be an LBW (unless of course the batsman does not play a shot in
which case the umpire just has to be certain it would have hit the stumps).

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>6. Is there any other game that produces as many statistics as
>    cricket?

Probably not.

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>7. What is the difference between a "fast medium" and a "medium fast"
>     bowler? Can a fast bowler be re-classified as he becomes older
>     and therefore slower?

As I understand it "fast medium" is a fast bowler that sometimes bowls
medium and vice versa but I may be wrong.

stick.

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>Thanks,
> Nick.

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> I have been watching cricket for quite some time and I have a few
> questions. I'd appreciate someone with more cricket knowledge
> answering some or all of these; pointers to info on the Web may
> also help:

> 1. How does one calculate the "net run rate" (aside from the joke
> "It's the run rate scored in the nets.") :-)

> 2.Why do one day players need to have numbers on their back?
>     Numbers don't seem neccessary in test cricket.

makes it easier for tv viewers to identify them, i guess.
seems some english soccer commentator once accused the members of a
particular race of similitude when confronted about his inability
to distinguish between two of its players.
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> Thanks,
>         Nick.

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> I have been watching cricket for quite some time and I have a few
> questions. I'd appreciate someone with more cricket knowledge
> answering some or all of these; pointers to info on the Web may
> also help:

Thank your fortune you came to the right person. Now just take your pens and
jot down the following answers. Remember to read it atleast twice a day for
the next 20 days.

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> 1. How does one calculate the "net run rate" (aside from the joke
> "It's the run rate scored in the nets.") :-)

First you have to see the number of men who are engaged in erecting the net,
and then you calculate the time taken for them to erect the net, only
running counts squatting or walking is void. And then you divide the total
time
taken by the number of persons and thus you arrive at the Net run rate.

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> 2.Why do one day players need to have numbers on their back?
>     Numbers don't seem neccessary in test cricket.

Otherwise how will the punters know what is their bet.

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> 3. If a player performs badly or has a loss of form he is sometimes
>     dropped from the team. Why does the same not apply to umpires.
>     Do umpires have to explain bad decisions to anyone.

Looking at all the umpires and their perinial state of being out of form u
cannot afford dropping them. No, umpires have to explain good decisions.

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> 4. Was there always a "lbw rule"?

Silly isnt it, as if there is a "lbw rule" today.

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> 5. If a ball pitches outside leg stump it cannot be given lbw. Why?

because it has to hit the legs.

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> 6. Is there any other game that produces as many statistics as
>     cricket?

Have you tried Indian politics?

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> 7. What is the difference between a "fast medium" and a "medium fast"
>      bowler? Can a fast bowler be re-classified as he becomes older
>      and therefore slower?

Are you educated, cant you tell its just placment of words? About the
classification part, It depends upon how much money they pay the
commentators.
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> Thanks,
> Nick.

> (remove anti spam x's if replying by email)

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> >2.Why do one day players need to have numbers on their back?
> >    Numbers don't seem neccessary in test cricket.

> They don't - just makes it a little more interesting.

In some past tours, batsmen have been able to choose their
own 'trademark' numbers. Lance Klusener usally wears the
number 69... In test cricket, no numbers are worn and is
always played in 'whites'.

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> >3. If a player performs badly or has a loss of form he is sometimes
> >    dropped from the team. Why does the same not apply to umpires.
> >    Do umpires have to explain bad decisions to anyone?

No. That's part of the joys of being an umpire. They can
make decisions and not have to justify it... Not to anyone
on the field at any rate! I am pretty sure that they could
be subjected to an investigation by a superior body
(umpiring association or some such) if there is a real
problem. Tradition has it, however, is to accept the umpires
decision as final -- hard as it may be.

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> >6. Is there any other game that produces as many statistics as
> >    cricket?

> Probably not.

DEFINITELY not!!