RULE 5. PLAYING
Bats must be made of wood, and be no larger than 96.5 cm in length
and 10.8 cm in width. They must have a suitable bat grip. If an umpire
is not satisfied with the suitability of a bat or bat grip, they should
not allow it to be used. Note: Bat grips must be of a non-slip material
and in good order - most centres offer new bat grips for sale, and
will put them on on-site.
Gloves: A batting glove must completely cover the hands, up to the
wrist. A glove must be worn on both hands by each batter. An umpire
must not allow play to continue until 2 gloves are worn. Time will
be given for any batsman to put on suitable gloves.
Gloves: The wicket keeper may wear none, 1 or 2 suitable gloves. They
may be regular wicket- keeping or batting gloves, or a combination
of both. Baseball style gloves etc are a concession to not being able
to properly catch a ball, and are of course not permitted. The gloves
in question may only be worn by the wicket keeper in the approved
Rule 9D - Wicket Keeper].
Protection: Players may wear protective equipment when fielding. Elbow
and knee pads, sporting helmets, face-guards, groin protectors and
safety glasses are all permissible. Note: The "official"
rules of the AICF seem to indicate fielders may wear gloves by including
them in their list of permissible protective equipment. This is wrong
- the wicket-keeper is the only fielder allowed to wear gloves.
However, if a fielder had a compelling medical reason to wear
some form of protective glove, the centre management would have to
be approached before the game for approval, to avoid dissent amongst
the players during the game.
All centres supply recognised Indoor Cricket balls for each match.
Teams or players cannot of course supply their own. Any person or
team found substituting, "roughing-up", picking at the seam,
or attempting to reshape the ball in any way will be penalised 10
runs for ball tampering. Shining the ball on clothing is the only
acceptable "tampering" allowed.
not in immediate use (eg. gloves, elbow pads and protectors) must
be placed outside the court until required - for example, some players
put their box behind the non-striker's stumps as they prepare to bowl,
and some wicket-keepers discard one glove and throw it into the corner
of the court. This is not allowed. Players will be warned to remove
unused protective equipment immediately. Should they refuse to do
so (and I can think of no reason why they would refuse), they are
to be penalised 5 runs.
Australia, the Stumps
are all "Wilkins" style collapsible stumps. They are either
free-standing (almost universally) or bolted to the floor (which I
think would be extremely dangerous). The base plate is considered
to be part of the stumps, so a ball hitting the base plate, which
results in the bails falling off, counts as a hit to the stumps.
are wooden or plastic and are tied to the stumps, mainly to protect
wicket-keepers from being hit in the face.
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