are the rules as promoted by the Australian Indoor Cricket Federation,
and as such are the rules under which almost every game of indoor cricket
in Australia is played. Officially sanctioned International matches are
also played under these rules. UPDATE January 2011: however, here
in Australia, Cricket Australia appear 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 . . .
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.
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 batsman playing a shot "to leg" or "to the On
side" is hitting the ball into the left side of the court. If
he plays an "Off" drive, he has hit the ball to the right
side. For left-handed batsmen, 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. If this is
too much to bear, I will seriously consider, when I have a little
more time, 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
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1. - FIELDING A TEAM
2. - THE GAME
3. - UNIFORMS
4. - THE TOSS
5. - PLAYING EQUIPMENT.
6. - THE UMPIRE
7. - ARRIVAL/LATE PLAYER(S)
8. - PLAYER SHORT / SUBSTITUTES
9. - FIELD PLACEMENT.
10. - PLAY BALL/LIVE BALL/DEAD BALL.
11. - SCORING.
12. - NO BALL.
13. - WIDE AND LEG SIDE WIDE BALLS.
14. - BOWLER CHANGING DIRECTION/STYLE.
15. - BALL LEAVING THE PLAYING AREA.
16. - APPEALS FOR DISMISSALS.
17. - DISMISSALS.
18. - INTERFERENCE.
19. - MISCONDUCT.
20. - ORDER OFF.
21. - ILLEGAL COURT ENTRY/EXIT.
22. - RUNNERS.
23. - END OF GAME.
24. - MIXED GAMES.
2 - AICF STANDARDS
3 - MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES
AND BONUS POINTS.
4 - VARIATIONS.
5 - UMPIRE SIGNALS.
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