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Indoor Cricket World

Still (April 2021) rewriting the Indoor Cricket site, having now moved onto a mobile-friendly platform.

Please excuse any broken links you come across . . . we're working on it daily . . . but of course, you can tell us about it by dropping us a line via the Contact link above


Welcome to Indoor Cricket World. Here you'll find everything you need to know about the sport of Indoor Cricket, including an explanation of what the sport is; a comprehensive analysis and explanation of the Rules; a history of the sport in Australia; discussion on strategies for bowling, batting, fielding and wicket-keeping; discussion on essential playing equipment; interviews of some notable Indoor Cricket personalities; and of course, the two most popular Indoor Cricket related pages by far

How to become a TRULY GREAT Indoor Cricket umpire, and The Indoor Cricket Rules explained

 

Indoor Cricket Wicket Keeper about to throw to far end, with both batsmen well out of their creases. Typical scenario on "third ball" call.


 

Indoor Cricket Batsman holding his crease as non-striker reaches same end, with fielders scrambling to field ball after call of 'third ball'

Before we continue, there is something of not-insignificant importance we must draw to the attention of all visitors to our site:

The World Indoor Cricket Federation boldly rewrites the history of Indoor Cricket when it states on its website (as at March 2021) that Indoor Cricket started in Australia in 1984, after being brought there from Germany!!! What rubbish!! In this the age of "false news", that statement looks quite comfortable . . .

I umpired the National Indoor Cricket Championships in Perth in 1984 for goodness' sakes--one just has to ask Mark or Steve Waugh, they were both playing for NSW at that tournament: and ask them if they remember who umpired the Grand Final (nudge nudge wink wink)  . . . and I bet this is news to the great Dennis Lillee, who was running an indoor cricket centre in Perth in the late 1970s.

Come one, seriously, the WORLD Indoor Cricket Federation doesn't even know how, where and when the sport it apparently represents came into being? Seriously? I sure hope they didn't pay much for the information on their website . . .


So, here is the true story of the birth of Indoor Cricket in Australia: Indoor cricket was the brainchild of a couple of blokes (whom I shall name later, if they agree) from Perth (Western Australia), and the first games were played in the 1970s.

It did NOT come from Germany in 1984!

Indoor Cricket experienced rapid growth up until the early 1990s (the 1996 Sports Census showed indoor cricket to be the fifth most popular of all sports, in terms of total number of registered players, with 35% more registered players than outdoor cricket). Sad to say, at the grassroots level it has declined in participation rates since those heady days, although the international elite level of the game, manifest through the Indoor Cricket World Cup, has expanded to include exciting new teams like Singapore and India. That tournament is played around the world, but at the local suburban-centre level the game is wanting a tad in comparison to its earlier heady heights.

Like Indoor Cricket itself, this site is not mainly about the elite players and their competitions. Both experienced indoor cricket players and those unfamiliar with indoor cricket will find all they need to know in the coming pages: from descriptions and explanations of the game, through the setting up of playing courts and playing equipment used, to basic game strategies, and complete rules and tips for players and umpires. We also have interviews with established Indoor Cricket personalities. And we are particularly proud to feature the most extensive library of photographs of Indoor Cricket action to be found anywhere--and yes, we certainly do sell our photographs, email us for details.

Photographing Indoor Cricket

Batswoman stretching to reach crease, but still short as bails are removed

We do get a lot of enquiries about our photographs . . . mainly along the lines of "how?".

We're working on several articles for all you budding photographers out there. . .for the time being, suffice it to say that even though mobile phones have made everyone a photographer in this day and age, you do need just a tad more sophisticated gear for great indoor cricket photography . . . and I deliberately say "just a tad more sophisticated" . . . great photos can be taken with modestly priced gear . . . just . . . ummm . . . well, like I said, just a tad more sophisticated than a mobile phone .

More soon.

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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