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
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
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 .