Cricket, also known as Gentleman’s game, one of the most famous sports of the world. A die heart cricket fan always says that he knows everything about this game, such as, what is inswing or outswing or who is the best bowler, batsman or captain. Here is my question to the every Cricket fan – What are the different forms of cricket you know? Many would say there are three forms One-Day, T20 and Test, some people would also include List A cricket, Pro 40 cricket or Blind cricket. But what if I say there are other interesting types of cricket, which do exist. Over here effort has been made to cover these unpopular but interesting forms of cricket.
1. French Cricket
This is a really unusual form of cricket. Unlike real cricket, this form neither requires stumps nor pitch, but amazingly legs take the place of stumps. This game requires one batsman and any number of fieldsmen, they stand by surrounding the batsman. The batsman holds bat vertically in front of his legs and the person with the ball throws it towards him. Often, the batsman is allowed to move to face the next ball only when he is able to hit the previous ball, if he misses and not dismissed then he has to play the next ball from the same position in which he played the previous ball. Whoever gets the ball becomes next bowler and bowls from the position he receives the ball. The batsman gets out when caught or when the ball hits his legs. In other variations, a batsman can score runs. Alternatively, when the batsman hits the ball, he can make ‘runs’ by revolving the bat around himself with both hands. A batsman can take these runs until the ball is in the hands of a fielder and they call ‘ready’.
Samoa’s national sport, it never got the glamor of baseball but it is closely related to cricket. Most amazing thing is bat which is used to play, it has 3 edges and is much longer than normal cricket bats. Also, the ball which is used is made up of hard rubber wrapped with pandanus and is much softer than the normal cricket ball. Therefore, no protective gear is used. It is very similar to cricket in its rules, where one team bowl and fields, while two players of the other team bats, till all the players in a team are out. The ways in which a player is declared out is same as that of cricket. Two bowlers alternately bowl, one at each end of the pitch, accordingly there are two wicket keepers.
There is a catch here: if a batsman misses a ball and the wicket keeper catches it then he can immediately bowl at the batsman at the other end. This means that the batsman has to be on his toes on a perpetual basis.
Interestingly, there is no limit on number and age of players in a team.
New Zealand Kilikiti Association is working on to standardize the rules of the game and in 2001 it has organized international Kilikiti World Cup. Based on new rules, one team will bat for 30 minutes, and the other team will also bat for the exact number of balls, and the team with the most runs will be declared as the winner.
3. Kwik Cricket
It is a high-speed version of cricket which is mainly played to encourage children’s to take part in main sport. This game is played with plastic bat and ball, on the pitch of 16 yards. Each team consists of 10 players(both boys and girls). Each team plays for 8 overs. Batting side is divided into pairs, each pair bat for 2 overs. So, pairs change after 2nd, 4th, and 6th overs. Whenever a batsman gets out, 5 runs are deducted from total score and for every, no ball or wide ball 2 runs are added to the total score. There is no LBW until batter deliberately blocks the ball. Each player of fielding side bowl 1 over. Bowling will take place at one end only and fielders do not have to rotate fielding positions. Finally, the team with the highest score wins.
4. Single Wicket
Single Wicket refers not to the stumps(a common misconception) but to the fact that this form is played between two individuals, who take turns to bat and bowl against each other. The one bowling is assisted by a team of fielders, who remain as fielders at the change of innings. The winner is the one who scores more runs. This format was very popular in early 19th century.This game is played on a pitch of 22 yards. However, there is an additional marking on the field, “bounds“, which is used when there is less than five a side. Bounds are basically 22 yards long line stretched from the crease in the direction of square leg and point. The Batsman can only score from a shot that went in front of bounds. In addition to this batsman can not give bowler the charge, i.e., he has to keep his one foot behind the crease, otherwise, the umpire will call “No hit“. Interestingly, in order to score a run, the batsman not only had to get to the bowler’s end but back again as well. The time period for which one bat varies from unlimited overs to any fixed number of overs.
5. Ice Cricket
This is an exciting and intriguing form of cricket as this is played directly on the ice, i.e., no mat is laid down as a result game becomes more unpredictable. A composite plastic red ball is used to play the game. Each team has 6 players on the field and each player is allowed to bowl once. For wide balls, 2 runs are added to the score without bowling any extra delivery. Boundaries are either snow-banks or are patrolled by officials on ice skates and if any player strikes a skater then extra 6 runs are added to the total score. The Ice Cricket World Championship is annually held in the Estonian city of Tallinn, which has winter temperature of minus 10 to minus 25.
6. Tape Ball Cricket
A tape ball is tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape and is used in playing street cricket. This form of cricket is very popular in Pakistan and this is the reason of Pakistan‘s famous production of fast bowlers as children are brought up playing the game by using a tape ball in which various skills are developed. Due to this modification of tennis ball, it’s weight and traction are increased, which increases the speed and produces more bounce. Also, tape ball can also be used to mimic seaming ball by adding an extra layer of tape on its circumference. After 2005, London Cricket community association started organizing tape ball cricket teams for children of the areas where due to lack of playing field there is a decline in popularity of sport.
So, guys, these were some unpopular but interesting forms of cricket. I hope you enjoyed reading about them.
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