The World of Cricket

The World of Cricket

Forms of cricket

In cricket, other than Test matches, One-day International matches and First class matches, other forms of the sport do exist They are:

Short form cricket

Cricket is also played in several different shortened forms, designed to pack as much action as possible into an hour or two. Such forms have evolved since the 1990s, and take cricket an additional step beyond one-day cricket.

See short form cricket for details about specific types of short form cricket.

List A cricket

List A cricket is to one-day cricket as first-class is to Tests. Most cricketing nations have some form of domestic List A competition. The over limits range from forty to sixty. The categorization of "List A" was only endorsed by the ICC in 2006; the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians created it for the purpose of providing a parallel to first-class cricket in their record books.

Club cricket

Club cricket is amateur, but still formal, cricket. The games are sometimes limited-overs, with each innings usually lasting between thirty and fifty overs. Other matches are played to time restrictions. Club cricket is played extensively in cricketing nations, and also by immigrants from cricketing nations. Club cricket often takes place on an artificial turf pitch, though the rest of actual field may be natural grass.


Other forms of cricket

Indoor cricket is a variation of the game designed for indoor play.

Kwik cricket is a high-speed version of the game, aimed mainly at encouraging youngsters to take part.

Backyard cricket, Beach cricket, Garden cricket and Street cricket are terms applied to informal amateur cricket. The rules are often ad hoc, and the subtle and complex laws of cricket, such as those involving leg before wicket, penalty runs, and others, are ignored or modified. In India and Pakistan is called Gully cricket; 'Gully' in Hindi means 'street'. It should not be confused with Gully, which is a fielding position in cricket.

French cricket is a game in which the ball is bowled at the legs of the batsman, with the batsman's legs forming the wicket. It is often played by children. A tennis ball is often used rather than the harder cricket ball. Much like beach cricket, the rules may vary wildly.

Tennis Ball Cricket This type of cricket is popular in the South Asian sub continent, USA and Canada. In this game a harder version of tennis ball is used. The number of overs in the game varies from 6 to 25 overs. Considering that the ball is not as hard as the professional cricket ball, the use of protective gear like gloves, pads and helmets are optional. As the tennis ball cricket games are shorter versions when compared to the conventional version, it suits the US and Canadian lifestyle where you would see a large amount of people participating. Where cricket pitches are not available, a part of baseball diamond is used as a pitch in most parts of USA and Canada.

Tape Ball Cricket This type of cricket is very famous in Pakistan. In this game a tennis ball is covered with insulating tape. This result in heavier ball and fast bowler can have extra swing in both directions while spinners can have turn by using “finger”. Game is usually limited over match with 4-12 overs. In Karachi and Lahore regular tournaments are held among teams and especially in Ramadan (fasting month) night matches are common.

Catchy Shubby Cricket is a form of the game developed in Jamaica where roles are changed rapidly, so that all players can have a turn in a short time.

Kilikiti, also known as or kirikiti, or Samoan Cricket, is the national game of Samoa and is especially popular in New Zealand. The game is descended from the cricket brought to Samoa by English missionaries; teams of unlimited size follow rules opaque to outside observers in a game/dance/feast event that can last several days.

Non-Stop (or Continuous) Cricket is a game involving one batsman, who, on hitting the ball, must run to a marker square to the wicket. The bowler may bowl as soon as the ball is returned, regardless of whether or not the batsman is still running.

Over 60s cricket founded in Australia, is for those over 60 years of age with slightly modified from standard rules.

Single Wicket — An elimination tournament for individuals. Players are matched up against each other. One bowls to the other for a fixed number of balls, or until the batsman is out, and then roles are reversed. The remaining tournament players act as fielders until it is their turn to bat or bowl. The winner is the one with the most runs, and that player moves to the next round to play the winner from another pair.

Armchair Cricket is a card game based on cricket.

Common room cricket is a simple version of the game contested within 6th form common rooms.

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