I often see a thing in the cricket match broadcast, that the captains are on the pitch with a match official(commentator) and the toss would be done. Then the two captains will talk about the pitch condition, weather and mainly about playing eleven(who are all in and out).

Then the playing 11 from the squad will be listed.(As I saw in the match television broadcast).

I want to know,

  • When should the playing 11 be decided in a cricket match?
  • Is it possible to make any changes in the playing eleven after the toss?

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From Law 1 (The Players)

2. Nomination of players

Each captain shall nominate his players in writing to one of the umpires before the toss. No player may be changed after the nomination without the consent of the opposing captain.

So the captain has to decide the playing eleven before the toss. Normally the playing eleven is not changed once it is nominated in writing. But in exception case if a caption wants to change the playing eleven he has to take consent of the opposing captain before the toss.

From Wikipedia - Toss (cricket):

Half an hour before the start of play, the two captains convene and exchange team selection sheets. These list the composition of each side, which cannot be changed for the duration of the match.

Now the match includes the toss too*. So the playing XI can not be changed after the toss.

*From Wikipedia: If the match is abandoned at any time after the toss, it stands as a match played. If a match is abandoned before the toss, it is not considered to have been played at all.

  • Substitutions are allowed in the case of injury, right?
    – Ben Miller
    Nov 28, 2013 at 6:44
  • @BenMiller - Absolutely allowed with the permission of the umpire.
    – Himanshu
    Nov 28, 2013 at 6:46
  • if a caption wants to change the playing eleven he has to take consent of the opposing captain, when? after the match started? just for clearing the doubt :) Nov 28, 2013 at 7:25
  • @SportsFan - No. Before the match is started. After the match is started they can use substitutes only. They can't replace the player.
    – Himanshu
    Nov 28, 2013 at 7:26
  • After the toss, the playing eleven can be changed with the consent of the opposing captain, Is it? Nov 28, 2013 at 7:29

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