Indoor Cricket World - Equipment

Playing equipment that should never be shared . .


Okay - you've got your court, your teams, an umpire, and a handful of friends and relatives to cheer you on. What else do you need?

Excluding the ball (which is covered elsewhere), the rules require two pieces of equipment. The first of these is the bat.

Because the ball is considerably lighter (and somewhat softer), Indoor-cricket bats need not be of the same quality (or cost) as outdoor bats. Most players seem to prefer a light bat, although many outdoor players use their outdoor bat for indoor cricket. It is obviously a matter of choice. Centres do provide cheap bats for players to use, but having your own allows you to get used to it and, in theory at least, make batting easier (I have a theory about theories, but that too is another story). The bat's dimensions are covered in the Rules section.

Outdoor-type batting gloves and bat are commonly used in Indoor Cricket

 

The next piece of equipment required by the rules is gloves.

Each batsman must have a glove on each hand when batting. They need only be light cotton gloves, and centres usually provide these on a communal-use basis. However, if you are facing good fast bowling, standard outdoor batting gloves are recommended. The fingers and knuckles on standard batting gloves are fully padded - a good idea against a fast, new ball. Good quality leather batting gloves can be bought quite cheaply and should last several years.

Wicket-keeping gloves are of course worn by the 'keeper, if they so desire. They are specialised gloves, and many indoor cricket wicket-keepers prefer to use their own - regardless, centres always supply them for less-fussy players' use.

Now, although the rules don't specify it, there is one other absolutely essential piece of equipment, especially (but not exclusively, I am reliably informed by many female players) for male players. Affectionately known as a "box", this handy little bit of plastic serves we males especially well by protecting that most puritanically vague euphemism, the "groin". More correctly (but no less vaguely) termed a "protector", it is also essential you buy your own. Never, never, NEVER lend or borrow a "box" - there are some things mates simply shouldn't share . . I'd probably add "never share your mouthguard either". A box will only cost a few very well spent dollars. NOTE: I have seen several instances of (look away Aunt Agnes) . . . split scrotum in indoor cricket due to players wearing very loose protectors . . okay, wearing loose protectors AND getting smacked thereabouts by the ball. I strongly recommend players wear tight jocks/undies to hold the protector in its proper place (many players wear two pairs of jocks/undies for that very purpose). It doesn't take too much imagination to think of the damage possible if a loose protector allows just a little bit of one half of those it is meant to protect to peep out the side . . . brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.

Knee-pads are a great idea, especially if you are the sort of player who dives around a lot. They are cheap and readily available, being used in several other sports (volleyball especially). While less common, some players also wear elbow-pads.

Mouth-guards are a very good idea too, although very few players seem to use them. In terms of the damage and dental bills they can prevent, the few dollars they cost is an astoundingly good investment.

Protective eye-wear is also available, of the sort designed for squash players. However, because the ball is so much larger than a squash ball, severe eye-injuries are far less common in indoor cricket than in squash. In all my years playing and umpiring indoor cricket, I have only known a handful of players who wore protective eye-wear. ... and I can only recall three players wearing goalie-type face-masks - two of them were wicket-keepers (one of whom went on to play 128 Tests and 244 ODIs for Australia), and the other one, with whom I played for many, many years, was just an old sook. So that's about it ... a bat, gloves, a box, and perhaps (strongly recommended) a mouth-guard and knee-pads. And if you used the equipment provided at the centre, you would only have to spend a few dollars protecting your "groin"..

 

 

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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