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In a cricket match , there are total 11 players which we called as playing eleven who will be there fielding and batting for a side.

There are different positions on which the fielders can be placed such as a gully,slip,third man etc.

In a standard cricket match we can remove fielder from slip and put him at the gully or anywhere else we want(of course within and according the ICC rules for fielding positions).

My question is can we remove a wicket keeper from his position leaving his field blank(no one behind the stumps) and make him field at the slip?

Is it required to have a wicket keeper behind the stumps every time?

Is there any rule?

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Nice question, but answered quickly! –  Sports Fan Dec 24 '13 at 12:58
@SportsFan yes and credit goes to Spinner ....:) –  NetStarter Dec 24 '13 at 12:59
Why didn't the answer get accepted? –  Sports Fan Dec 27 '13 at 5:28
@SportsFan accepted the answer..no worries now..:-) –  NetStarter Dec 27 '13 at 8:11

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There is no requirement to have a wicket-keeper at all times. However, according to Law 40.1:

If by his actions and positioning it is apparent to the umpires that he will not be able to discharge his duties as a wicket-keeper, he shall forfeit this right and also the right to be recognised as a wicket-keeper

He will therefore not be allowed to keep wearing keeping pads and gloves in his new position.

Mike Brearley once placed the keeper David Bairstow on the boundary for the final ball of the innings, when the opposition needed three runs off the last delivery.

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