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Indoor Cricket
Indoor cricket is quite similar to traditional cricket, the major difference being that it is played indoors. Indoor cricket was first played in Perth, Australia in the 1970s and has slowly gained a lot of popularity. Nowadays, even an indoor cricket World Cup is held which sees participation from many international teams.

Indoor cricket cannot be played on big stadiums, as there is a shortage of big indoor stadiums the world over. As a result of this the matches are held indoors and the playing area is much smaller. This makes indoor cricket a much quicker game than traditional cricket.



The rules differ greatly from cricket though. While a game of cricket is played with eleven players per side, indoor cricket is played between two teams of eight players each. Every member of the fielding side has to bowl at least two overs. The batsmen don't have to run the whole distance to complete a run. While the striker runs the whole distance from one wicket to the other, the non striker has to only run half way down the crease.

Indoor cricket is played on artificial mat surfaces. The wicket is designed to spring up on its own once tumbled over by a ball. The balls are also different in constitution and are softer than the conventional cricket ball. They are also yellow in color.

A batsman can continue batting even after he is dismissed, but after getting out, five runs are deducted from the score. In indoor cricket a lot of runs are scored in the form of bonus runs. Bonus runs are collected when the ball hits the net that surrounds the playing area.

Indoor cricket is very popular in Australia. However, other countries have also taken an interest in indoor cricket and New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Sri Lanka and of late India have participated in international tournaments.

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