Blind Cricket Rules

The Team & Players

A match will be played between two teams of 11 players’, comprising:

  • A minimum of 4 totally blind players (B1)
  • 3 partially blind players (B2)
  • A maximum of 4 partially sighted players (B3)
  • A 12th man from each sight category

SIGHT CLASSIFICATION

B1 Players (Totally Blind) – No light perception in either eye up to light perception, but inability to recognise shape of a handat any distance or in any direction.

B2 Players (Partially Blind) – From ability to recognize the shape of the hand up to a visual acuity of 2/60 or visual field of lessthan five degrees in the better eye after correction.

B3 Players (Partially Sighted) – From visual acuity above 2/60 up to visual acuity of 6/60 or a visual field of less that 20 degrees in better eye after correction.

IDENTIFYING CLASSIFICATION ON THE FIELD OF PLAY

B1 players will be distinguished on the field of play by a white wrist band to be worn on the right wrist or by one white stripe on the right upper arm of the playing shirt.

B2 players will be distinguished on the field of play by a red wrist band to be worn on the right wrist or by two white stripes on the right upper arm of the playing shirt.

B3 players will be distinguished on the field of play by a blue wrist band to be worn on the right wrist or by three white stripes on the right upper arm of the playing shirt.      

The Team and Players

The match is played between two teams of 11 players each

  • Minimum 4 totally blind players (B1)
  • Minimum 3 partially blind players (B2)
  • Maximum of 4 partially sighted players (B3)

Player Identification

  • B1 players wear a white wrist band or one strip on the upper arm may also be used
  • B2 players wear a red wrist band or two strips on the upper arm may also be used
  • B3 players wear a blue wrist band or three stripes on the upper arm may also be used

The Game

  • Bowling is underarm and the ball has to pitch once before the mid pitch and also one pitch before the batsman
  • The bowler gives an audio clue before bowling and the batsman gives an audio clue when he is ready
  • The boundaries are between 45 and 50 yards from the pitch

The Ball

  • The ball that is approved by the World Blind Cricket Ltd. (WBC) shall be used in all international matches. An audio ball made of hard plastic and filled with tiny ball bearing is used

The Bat

  • The regular cricket bat to be used with standard specifications

The Pitch

  • All intrenational matches will be played on a surface mutually agreeable to the participating teams. Preference of the WBC is always turf or synthetic grass surfaces

The Wickets

  • Each wicket shall consist of three tubular stumps made of hollow metal pipe. The colour of the wickets shall be flourescent orange or yellow

Bowling

  • Minimum 40% of the overs should be bowled by the B1 players (totally blind)

Scoring

  • All runs scored off the bat by a B1 batsman shall be boubled and will be credited to the batsman

Caught

  • A ‘one bounce’ catch by a B1 player will result in the batsman being given out

The Fieldsman

  • No fielder shall dive, or lie down untill the batsman has played a stroke or the ball has passed the batsman
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