Box cricket is a form of cricket that is almost always played indoors in a covered box-shaped space. This format of the game is highly popular in metro cities like Mumbai and Delhi, where space is a constraint. Box tournaments are also a common occurrence with several teams participating in the event. Playing on artificial box grounds in malls and clubs is also a common practice.
Now let's get into how to play this format of cricket so you can rule the box like a boss!
Let us first understand the rules of box cricket so that you know what to do and what not to do. It will also help you in focusing on specific aspects of your game and strategize accordingly.
The rules for playing the form of cricket are simple and it could vary from place to place. But overall you can assume the following rules will be omnipresent.
- The number of players in box cricket will not be 11 as compared to a traditional format of cricket played in a big field. The match will generally have six or eight players in the team. In case you have a mixed-gender match then, there must be six males and two females in each team.
- Each match will have only 3 to 12 overs.
- The total bowling overs’ quota for bowlers in box cricket is different. Each bowler can only bowl 1/4th of the entire match, i.e. 3 overs in case the total match consists of 12 overs.
- For a batsman, the runs scored by them is valid only if he/she bats with one leg inside the crease before the ball is delivered.
- Box cricket has scoring boards that are placed at various levels. The highest placed boards being the 8-run boards on the field with which the batting team can score a total of 8 runs. The highest score here is usually 8 runs as compared with the actual cricket where 6 is the highest run scored. This may vary as not all box cricket tournaments will have this 8 run board. Some box cricket spaces have the highest placed boards as 10 runs as well, with a lower placed 8 run boards. Batting teams also take the 4 run if the ball hits the boundary line.
- For bowlers, underarm bowling is necessary depending on whether female players are present in the team.
- 3-Dot Ball – If this rule is applied, then the batsman/woman is declared out if they miss three consecutive deliveries. This rule is applied so that there is no place for defensive batting or dot balls. This again will vary based on the venue.
- Jackpot ball- The rule for jackpot ball may differ from place to place. Under this rule, a batsman can score double runs on his/her last ball for each inning. The runs scored by the batsman can be doubled under this rule.
- Mode of dismissals- Compared to the normal mode of dismissals in cricket, there are few additions of rules for the mode of dismissals in a box cricket. The common mode of dismissal is the ball going directly out of the box without touching or bouncing anyone inside the box. The batsman here needs to be careful with the power-hitting.
- The ball hitting the roof of the net- Even this rule can vary from place to place. The ball is considered a dead ball if it hits the roof of the net.
Box cricket is a superbly fun game that has emerged in India and played at all levels right from schools to corporates. It is also an easily enjoyable game for the whole family because it's faster and played in a smaller setting, with simple rules compared to a traditional game of cricket.
If you are playing box cricket, you should consider selecting a cricket bat that is not too heavy as the game is not played on an actual cricket field and the game is not about huge shots. You should pick a lightweight bat that helps you play well-balanced shots. Agility will be more important than power while playing box cricket.