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Lets say a batsman hits a shot and in midway it hits a bird in the air and then as soon as it hits the bird, the ball starts falling down and is caught by a fielder, will the batsman be given out?

I searched a lot all over but could find nothing about a rule which clarifies this, any help will be appreciated.

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Birds should stay away from cricket balls : youtube.com/watch?v=44-D-zJvw1c –  Ste Jun 5 '12 at 11:29

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This is one of the reason why what we commonly think of as 'rules' of a sport are usually actually called 'laws'. See the Laws of Cricket

They are called Laws because you cannot possibly define to the very last possible detail every single possibility that might happen - such as the example here. In cricket the laws are applied by the Umpires and their ruling is final (except in some cases where technological challenges are allowed in certain circumstances).

So in the case here, the Umpire would apply Law 32 (Caught) - which states that one condition for a fair catch is that:

(ii) the ball is at no time in contact with any object grounded beyond the boundary.

A bird in the air, is not grounded beyond the boundary

In addition it later states:

a catch shall be considered fair if .... (f) the ball is caught off an obstruction within the boundary that has not been designated a boundary by the umpires before the toss.

The umpires are not going to designate a temporary phenomenan such as a bird to be a boundary so this would clearly be a fair catch, and the batsman would be out.

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I assume this is also why you sometimes see fielders jump in the air outside the boundary, knock the ball back into the air, jump back inside and catch it. A legal catch. –  ChrisH Jul 27 '12 at 22:26
    
@ChrisH - yes, exactly, or even if they don't catch they might turn a 6 into 4 or fewer runs. –  iandotkelly Jul 27 '12 at 23:09

The rule for all indoor stadiums having roofs are that if the roof is closed and the ball hits the roof, then it is considered a dead ball.

Hussey hits the roof with a monstrous shot.

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How does this help answer the question in any way? A bird is completely different to a roof. –  Ticky Dec 23 '12 at 22:28
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Yes, I agree that a bird is completely different from a roof. However, as far as cricket goes, the ball hitting anything in the air, irrespective of if it is a bird or a roof, the rules remain the same. The video clip shows an example of how, in this scenario, the umpire has to call it a dead ball as the ball hit the roof. –  Orangecrush Dec 24 '12 at 2:47
    
The same rules also apply to a spider-cam, which is not a grounded object. "Henriques to bowl his third over. And the crowd and the viewers just witnesses a rare incident! Henriques fired a short ball and Karthik smashed that towards midwicket that found the spider cam! As per the rules, it was declared as a dead ball" bit.ly/Ut8nmS –  Orangecrush Dec 30 '12 at 4:38

I believe the first answer is incorrect.

If the ball hit a flying bird it would probably be called a dead ball, as I believe it has to go directly to a human fielder without touching anything else to be considered out caught.

In the same way that if the ball hit a helmet on the ground, bounced up and someone caught it, it would be a dead ball and 5 penalty points awarded to the batting side.

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If you believe an answer is incorrect, please include a comment for the answer stating why so the user may improve upon it. Also, "first" may be relative if each answer has the same number of votes. –  edmastermind29 Dec 19 '12 at 14:21
    
I would read all of Law 32 .... I think your interpretation is incorrect. Clause f deals with bounces off obstructions - and states they are still fair catches. At no point does it state it needs to go directly to a fielder. A catch that bounces off another player is still a catch if it doesn't hit the ground or something grounded beyond the boundary for example. –  iandotkelly Nov 23 '13 at 2:58

If bird is in the boundaries flying in not touch the grounground caught fair opposite things caught not allowed

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Sorry I didn't get you. Can you please explain a little bit more? –  hims056 Feb 15 at 7:55

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