Indoor Cricket Rules
The RulesThese 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 . . .
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.
SECTION 2 - AICF STANDARDS
SECTION 3 - MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES
SECTION 4 - VARIATIONS.
SECTION 5 - UMPIRE SIGNALS.
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