International Institute of Cricket Umpiring & Scoring
Captain, skipperAccording to the Laws, a cricket side consist of eleven players, one of whom must take the role of captain - or skipper. In fact the Laws are so insistent on the importance of the role of a captain that they mandate that a deputy must act for the captain at all times if the captain himself is not available.
Captaining a cricket side involves far more than merely deciding the order in which the players will bat, or the positions in which they will field. Under the Laws and the Preamble - the Spirit of Cricket - that is part of them, the captain is responsible for ensuring that both he and his team play within the spirit and traditions of the game, not just within the letter of its Laws. Together with the umpires, the captains set the tone for the conduct of a match.
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