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cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two Bail (cricket), bai ...

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, a beamer (less commonly beam ball) is a type of
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in which the ball, without bouncing, passes above the batsman's waist height. Such a ball is often dangerously close to the
batsman In cricket, batting is the act or skill of hitting the cricket ball, ball with a cricket bat, bat to score runs (cricket), runs and prevent the dismissal (cricket), loss of one's wicket. Any player who is currently batting is denoted as a batsm ...
's head, due to the lack of control a bowler has over high
full toss A full toss is a type of delivery (cricket), delivery in the sport of cricket. It describes any delivery that reaches the batsman without bouncing on the cricket pitch, pitch first. A full toss which reaches the batsman above the waist is called ...

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es. Worse, the batsman is expecting the ball to pitch on the wicket and therefore may not pick up the flight of the ball and may be struck by it. This type of delivery can result in injuries to the batsman, and the penalty is an immediate
no-ball In cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two Bail ...
and, in Twenty20 and one-day matches, a
free hitIn cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two Bail (cricket), ...
. The use of beamers is governed under Law 41.7. The bowler is then given a warning by the umpire for dangerous bowling. Repeated or deliberate cases may result in the bowler being barred from bowling again for the remainder of the
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(or
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), as happened with
Waqar Younis ; born 16 November 1967) is a Pakistani cricket coach, commentator and former cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a ...

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in the
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. Fast bowlers, particularly younger players yet to fully refine their techniques, are likely to bowl such deliveries more often than other bowlers, albeit accidentally. A beamer may not necessarily be bowled with intent. It may be due to sweaty hands or a wet ball, causing a slipped release from the hand. It is also possible that the bowler attempts to bowl a
yorker In cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two Bail ...
which goes askew."What is a beamer in cricket? .. Why does it happen?"
Shubham Khare,
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A bowler can legally target the batsman with a ball aimed at his head that bounces, called a bouncer. These are easier to play or avoid than beamers. Abdur Rehman, a spin bowler, bowled three consecutive beamers in the
2014 Asia Cup The 2014 Asia Cup (also known as Arise Asia Cup) was the twelfth edition of the Asia Cup cricket tournament. The tournament was held in Bangladesh from 25 February to 8 March 2014. Pakistan Pakistan, . Pronounced variably in English langu ...
against
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, and was banned from the match without actually bowling a single legitimate ball, despite giving away 8 runs. This was the first time this happened in the history of cricket.


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Full toss A full toss is a type of delivery (cricket), delivery in the sport of cricket. It describes any delivery that reaches the batsman without bouncing on the cricket pitch, pitch first. A full toss which reaches the batsman above the waist is called ...

Full toss
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Beanball "Beanball" is a colloquialism used in baseball, for a Baseball, ball thrown at an opposing player with the intention of striking them such as to cause harm, often connoting a throw at the player's head (or "bean" in old-fashioned slang). A pitcher ...
– the baseball equivalent of a beamer *
Bodyline Bodyline, also known as fast leg theory bowling, was a cricket Cricket is a bat-and-ball gameBat-and-ball may refer to: *Bat-and-ball games Bat-and-ball games (or safe haven games) are field games played by two opposing teams, in whic ...

Bodyline


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