Cricket is an outdoor game played using a bat and ball. The game is played by two teams, each having eleven players. The decision on whether to bowl or bat first is made by the winning side’s captain. Batting is hitting the ball using a bat to score. The player batting during the match is called a batsman, batswoman or batter. Bowling is the act of moving or propelling the ball in the direction of the wicket, which the batsman defends.
Cricket has many playing formats, for example, Test Cricket and One Day Cricket which are the most popular. Despite the numerous playing styles, there games are governed by a set of rules which apply across the board. You could see these rules put to practice in various competitions such as the Big Bash 2021. Big Bash League (BBL)is an Australian Cricket Franchise established in 2011. It is sponsored by the fast food franchise KFC.
The most basic cricket rules a beginner should know are:
Every cricket match must have twenty-two players having eleven players on each side. The two teams play against each other, and one of these players must be the team’s captain. The captains ensure that all rules are followed during the matches.
• Every team should have a bowler who bowls the ball to the batsman, who will then hit the ball using a bat.
• The ruling of the umpire should be final. An umpire is an official who presides over a tennis, badminton or cricket game. If a player fails to follow the directions or rules of crickets during the game, he will be handed over to the team’s captain for disciplinary actions.
• The duration of the match is negotiated. The time the game will take should be planned before the beginning of the game. They can agree to play two or one innings according to the limit of the time negotiated. Innings is the period which one team takes to take a bat. A cricket game is always divided into innings.
• The batsman run with the bat for an over. An over consists of six successive deliveries that a cricket ball moves from one end of the cricket to the other. In cricket, the batman has the bat, and he runs with it between the wickets, unlike in baseball where the player tosses the bat he has aside, running from one place to the other.
• It’s an over for every six balls. Each over has six balls where the bowler hits the ball to the striker. A ball is regarded as complete regardless of whether the striker hits or misses the ball. A bowler is changed after one over, and another team member replaces him to throw the next over.
• There should be no wastage of time. A cricket game can run for days in test cricket format, while in one-day cricket, the match goes for a day. The rule in this sector says that if a batter takes longer than two minutes to get into the field in the given time, he should be disqualified for that game.
• Overthrowing the cricket ball can bring extra runs. The fielder collecting the ball after the batsman hits reduces the number of runs the batsman makes. If the fielder cannot throw back the cricket ball, then the batsman increases the number of runs when he’s running between the wickets.
• It is an option for a team to choose which field position to play from. Any team determines the field position that best suits them.
• Professional cricket matches are always fixed duration games. These cricket matches are played in a specific duration of time according to how they are planned for. For example, the test matches go for five consecutive days and are played for six hours in those five days.
• It is a four-run when the cricket ball hits the fence of the boundary. The batter is awarded four runs if he strikes the ball and hits the boundary directly. If the ball that has been hit goes beyond the boundary, then it’s a six-run for that player.