Cricket Rules – Basic Rules of cricket

Basic rules of cricket

Welcome to the greatest game of all – Cricket. This site will help explain to an absolute beginner some of the basic rules of cricket.

Although there are many more cricket rules in cricket than in many other sports, cricket rules is well worth your time learning them as it is a most rewarding sport.

Whether you are looking to play in the backyard with a mate or join a club Rules of cricket will help you learn the basics and begin to enjoy one of the most popular sports in the world.

The rules of cricket displayed on this page here are for the traditional form of cricket which is called “Test Cricket”.However there are other formats of the game eg. 50 over matches, Twenty20 Cricket etc where the rules differ slightly.

10 Cricket Rules You Need to Know

1. Two teams, 22 players: A cricket match is little more than two teams facing off against each other. Each team has 11 players on the field. One of a team’s 11 players is the team captain.

2. Umpires’ rulings are final:   umpire is the final authority in play decisions.

3. Six balls equal one over: The bowler bowls the cricket ball to the striker. If the latter hits it and misses, the ball is considered completed

4. Game duration is negotiated: Teams may agree to play two innings and limit the number of hours they will be on the field. In the alternative, the teams may opt to only play one innings but do so by agreeing on the number of overs ahead of time.

5. Professional-level cricket matches are limited duration games: Even so, these games — usually referred to as test matches — last six hours per day and continue for five days

6. Batsmen do not have to run: American audiences are familiar with baseball players tossing aside their bats and running from base to base. In cricket, the batsmen carry their bats with them as they run and use them to touch the ground marking their progress.

7. Boundary fence hit equals four runs: Cricket recognizes that a batsman’s ability to hit the fence with a bowled ball should equal four runs

8. Overthrows allow for additional runs: Should fielders neglect to throw the ball back, the batsmen will continue taking runs. If the ball rolls to the boundary of the field, the runs already completed are added to the automatic four-run score a boundary hit earns.

9. Time wasting is penalized: It is well known that cricket games can go on for days. In order to curtail time wasting, a new batsman is out of the game if it takes him longer than two minutes to take the field after a wicket fall.

10. Field placement is optional:
The team captain may choose to place team members in a number of field positions. Each captain uses this strategy to the advantage of the team and to throw off the strategy of the opposing team

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1. Review

Review is new rule given by the ICC to the player and bowler power as well. Both of the teams keeps one review in each of the inning. For example, if any of the players got out on any ball of the over, then he can claim for the review to recheck the ball if it is no ball or there is some mistake in the decision of the umpire. However, the third empire checks ball through camera footage and confirm whether it is out or not. The same thing bolwer can do and ask for the umpire to recheck if out or not, in case umpire does not give out.

2. Free hit

Free hit gives a lot of runs and can be beneficial, if other team do no ball in the last moments of the match. Free hit given to batting team when bowler does no ball. Then free hit given to the batsman, if anyone does catch on fire hit, it will not be considered as out.

3. Power play

On the power play only 3 players allowed to stand outside of the first bounder so that batting team could make good runs and give a huge target to the other team.

4. D/L method

If match become spoil due to weather and other conditions, then D/L method would be applied and runs and over would be deducted from the original target.

5. Bowl with jerk

The umpire can give no ball if bowler does bowl with a jerk. It is not allowed in the bowling and follow only standard instructions while doing bowling.

6. If no ball

When a bowler does no ball and someone does catch of the player then it will not be out because of the no ball.

7. New ball

When an inning would start, the new ball given to bowling side, even if the ball become completely damaged in this case, old ball but in good condition given to bowling team.

8. Biting to the ball

It is not allowed in cricket to take a bit of balls to make a hole in the ball of swinging the ball.

9. Balling action should be 90 degrees

If any of the bowler does not do ball with 90 degree angle, then his bowling action could be banned and he as to change the action.

If the player does not accept the umpire’s decision and do misbehave with umpire then player could be given plenty of money or matches as well.


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