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What will happen if a ball in play is lost or cannot be recovered? Does batting side keep any penalty for that?

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If the ball is lost or damaged, then it will be replaced by one of similar wear. In professional matches, several balls with different degrees of "use" are kept in reserve for this reason.

There is no penalty for either side for causing the ball to be lost or damaged during normal play, unless it is willful ball tampering.

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+1. I think that both sides get to haggle with the umpire when selecting the replacement ball as of course each side may want more or less wear to suit their situation. – iandotkelly Jun 6 '12 at 18:29

I’m not a huge cricket know-it-all, but here is a rule from the cricket rule book:

Law 20.1 (Lost ball)

Lost ball. If a ball in play is lost or cannot be recovered, the fielding side can call "lost ball". The batting side keeps any penalty runs (such as no-balls and wides) and scores the higher of six runs and the number of runs actually run.

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Please link to your source if possible. Thanks! – Michael Myers May 2 '12 at 15:42
To my knowledge in cricket this(calling lost ball) never happened. check this link – gout May 3 '12 at 6:59
Calling "lost ball" is actually different from losing the ball. You can lose the ball by hitting it out of the ground, for example. Then you need a replacement ball. Calling "lost ball" is a procedure for stopping play while the ball cannot reasonably be reached while still inside the field of play. Maybe you need to get tools or a ladder or swimming trunks to get the ball back, and then you can perhaps use the same ball to continue playing. – Peter Eisentraut May 7 '12 at 12:01

The batting side scores the higher of, 6, or, the runs they have run, including the run in progress when lost ball is called if they have crossed. Law 20.,46,AR.html

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