It would be hard for the author
of this home page to give a full description of the game without
getting into the technicalities and jargon. For this reason, he
has compiled here the following document which has been based on
frequently asked questions put to him by the public on blind
cricket. As new questions are asked, they will be added along
with their answers. Please feel free to ask questions of your own
People who are totally blind or partially sighted (legally blind) can play the game.
For domestic competition this can vary from state to state. However, for national and international games, the team usually comprises eleven players which break down to four totally blind players and seven partially sighted players.
We use conventional cricket bat. The wickets are of conventional dimensions but are made of aluminium or otherwise metal materials. The pitch we play on is concrete and 22 yards in length. The boundaries are 30 to 40 yards. Our blind cricket ball is made of nylon tubing woven around a wire mould and contains lead pieces to give it weight and bottle tops for sound. It is slightly larger than the ball used in the sighted version of the game. Accessories such as cricket pads and gloves are optional and the same as those used by our sighted counterparts.
Again this varies from state to state for domestic competition games. Matches can be played over one or two days but their duration is typically of 90 to 100 or so overs.
All bowling and fielding must be performed under-arm. Methods of dismissal parallel the sighted game with the exception of catching, though this may change in future. Unlike the conventional game however, there are currently no sundries other than deliveries classified as "no balls" or "wides". For a delivery to be judged legal, the ball must touch both halves of the pitch before reaching the batting crease.
In domestic competition, again this can vary. However for most participating states it would be true to say that players can face a maximum of 8 overs or 40 runs, whichever is reached first. Totally blind players, on the other hand, can face a maximum of 16 overs for an unlimited number of runs.
There is no restriction on bowling provided that the bowler is bowling to a batsman of higher or equal sight classification. However a captain must bat all their totally blind players before they can declare their first innings closed.
No, they are required to have a runner as it is felt that it would be unsafe for not only the blind player but also for his fellow fielders. The running is usually done by a partially sighted team-mate of the blind player.
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