Mumbai, Dec 20: Law 20 (Lost Ball) was introduced during the New Zealand-Sri Lanka Test in Hamilton.
On Saturday, during New Zealand's first innings, the ball was lost (76th over) somewhere in the trees and an another ball with similar wear and tear was introduced following Neil Wagner's huge six off Dushmantha Chameera.
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) -owned laws, which are universally accepted, has a provision to replace the lost ball.
The relevant portion of Law 20 says :
1. Fielder to call Lost ball
If a ball in play cannot be found or recovered, any fielder may call Lost ball. The ball shall then become dead.
2. Ball to be replaced
The umpires shall replace the ball with one which has had wear comparable with that which the previous ball had received before it was lost or became irrecoverable.
A ball getting lost in the international match may be uncommon but not rare, according to Rodger McHarg, the former Kiwi umpire, who is now a manager for umpires in New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
Speaking exclusively over telephone from New Zealand, he said, "(I am) not sure (how often it has happened in Tests) - but no different to a ball being hit out of the stadium in any other match- it happens quite frequently around the world with T20 & ODI cricket".
"The distance between the center of pitch and boundary is about 65-67 meters", the umpire said.
"I am not sure whether the ball was recovered after the day's play, and if so, whether it would be preserved in the museum", the umpire-manager signed off.