Cricket is one of the most popular games in the world, with billions of fans in the Subcontinent, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and many other countries.
Acquire equipment. Cricket requires a few pieces of specialized equipment to play properly. At the bare minimum, six stumps, four bails, two cricket bats and a ball are required. Most teams also have uniforms, and safety gear for the wicket-keeper.
Learn about the cricket field. Cricket is played on a large, oval-shaped field. The field has a rectangular strip in the center, which is called the pitch. A boundary line should be clearly marked all around the outside edge of the field.
- The pitch is where the bowler (pitcher) bowls the ball to the other team's striker (batter). Regulation play has the pitch at 22 yards (20.1 m) long by 10 feet (3.0 m) wide.
Set up wickets. A wicket is a structure made from three stakes, called stumps, driven into the ground, with two crosspieces called bails set on grooves between each pair of them (left-center and center-right). In most cases, a batsman whose wicket loses a bail from being struck with the ball, is out, so defending the wickets is an important part of offensive play.
Learn the basics of gameplay.
Each team in cricket is comprised of 11 players. (An alternate 12th player may be held in reserve in case of injury, but is not otherwise used for anything.) At any given time, the fielding team has all 11 players on the field, whereas the batting team has two, called the batsmen. The batsmen try to hit the ball after it is bowled by the bowler for the fielding team, and then switch positions without getting an out to score points.
- All of the positions on the pitch have official names. The person who bowls the ball is the bowler, and the batsman who is facing the bowler is called the striker. The other batsman, who stands near the bowler at the far side of the pitch from the striker, is called the non-striker. Finally, the fielding team member who stands behind the wickets at the striker's end of the field is called the wicket-keeper.
- 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 18 inches above the ground.
- Hoops (6). Internal diameter 3 3/4 inches, height 12 inches above ground and painted white.
- Balls.(4) Coloured Blue, black, red and yellow. Diameter 3 5/8 inches. Weight 1 lb.
- Clips. (4). Colored the same as the balls.
- Mallets. Must have parallel and identical end-faces made of wood or any other nonmetallic material.
How to play.-
Croquet can be played by two or four players. The object of the game is to hit your ball(s) through the course of six hoops in the right sequence in each direction and finish by hitting them against the centre peg. The side which completes the course first with both balls wins.
Each side has two balls, blue and black versus red and yellow. In singles play each player has two balls. In doubles the partners on each side must each play only their own ball. The game starts with all four balls being played on to the court in the first four turns from anywhere along either baulk line.