Indoor Cricket World - the Rules

An analysis and explanation (where possible) of the Rules of Indoor Cricket

August, 2019. We are still revamping the layout and content of the site, and have moved it to a mobile-friendly platform. And we are doing all the recoding etc ourselves . . . so please ignore all obselete references to the defunct Australian Indoor Cricket Federation (AICF), such anomolies will be corrected as we work our way through the site. Thank you . . . now, back to the rules . . .

These are the rules as once promoted by the Australian Indoor Cricket Federation, and now largely the ones in use around Australia, most affiliated (with the World Indoor Cricket Federation . . . cough . . . ) countries, and officially sanctioned internation matches and tournaments.

UPDATE January 2011: it did for a while, here in Australia, look like Cricket Australia appeared to have plans to change all this . . . the introduction of Twenty20 rules foremost of their kooky ideas. Who knows, perhaps we'll have half-naked dancing girls (usually with one token male) and jets of fire every wicket. Hey, we could even wire up players so commentators can annoy them during a game. Enough . . . back to the rules . . .

A lot of the rules are irrelevant to someone wanting to learn the sport. Rules concerning how many points a centre is to allocate for a win etc are of little interest to most players and umpires. Those interested in all these "extra" rules should contact the Australian Indoor Cricket Federation site, or, if they play, their local centre. The rules presented here are those directly relevant to players, umpires, and those seeking to inform themselves of the sport.

All the rules below are included in the "official" AICF rulebook. For cross-referencing ease, I have arranged and numbered the rules below to match the AICF rule-book. However, to help fully explain them, they are all in my own words. That is, they are my interpretation only, and the attached comments and tips are also my interpretation only. I have clearly identified where I believe my interpretation differs from the "official" one. I should add I am an AICF-trained and qualified Level 4 umpire, having officiated over National Open championships and international matches. I am also AICF-qualified to train umpires up to Level 4.

Note: a couple of terms which will crop up often in the following pages may need explanation.

"Off" side and "On" side - definitely not to be confused with the football terms.
The ON, or Leg side (not to be confused with leg-side wides either) is the side of the pitch behind the batsman when the batsman is standing ready to receive the bowled ball. That is, if a right-handed batsman looks down the pitch toward the bowler, the Leg or On side is the half of the court to the batsman's left of the pitch.
The Off side is the other side of the court.
So a batswoman playing a shot "to leg" or "to the On side" is hitting the ball into the left side of the court. If she plays an "Off" drive, she has hit the ball to the right side. For left-handed batswomen, the reverse applies.

And one other little point - indoor cricket is played by both males and females. Therefore the term batsman as a general term is inaccurate. However, "batters" play softball and baseball, and I'm talking about cricket. Therefore, I ask the female reader's indulgence and tolerance when I use the male form when describing aspects of the game. "He/she" is clumsy, "batters" just plain wrong, and "batspeople" too silly for words. As part of the revamp of the site, I am going through and making some examples relevant to male players (he does this, the batsmen do this) and some relevant to females (she does this, the batswomen do that). But until then, indulge and tolerate? .... thank you.




About Sheldon

Played since the earliest years, and began umpiring in the late 1970s.

Represented Western Australia for over 10 years in National Masters and Vets championships, honours include Captaining Western Australia and winning the Player of the National Championships in 1987.

Umpired State, National and international matches, held the post of Umpire Coordinator in Western Australia for the now defunct Australia Indoor Cricket Federation (AICF).

invited to officially photograph the Indoor Cricket World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand in 2002

invited to officially photograph the Indoor Cricket Masters and Under 18 World Cups in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2003

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