Some common questions about blind cricket.

Q: Who can play Blind Cricket?
A: People who are totally blind or partially sighted (legally blind) can play the game.

Q: How many players in a team?
A: For domestic competition this can vary from state to state. However, for national and international games, the team usually comprises eleven players which break down to four totally blind players and seven partially sighted players.

Q: What equipment is used?
A: We use a conventional cricket bat. The wickets are of conventional dimensions but are made of aluminium or otherwise metal materials. The pitch we play on is  22 yards in length, and can be artificial or turf. The boundaries are 30 to 40 yards. Our blind cricket ball is made of plastic and contains metal washers to give it weight and sound. It is slightly larger than the ball used in the sighted version of the game. Accessories such as cricket pads and gloves are optional and the same as those used by our sighted counterparts.

Q: How long does a Blind Cricket game usually last?
A: Again this varies from state to state for domestic competition games. Matches can be anything from 20 to 50 overs per side in duration.

Q: How is the game played?
A: All bowling must be performed under arm. Methods of dismissal parallel the sighted game with the exception of catching, where limits are placed on down-category catching. Unlike the conventional game however, there are currently no sundries other than deliveries classified as “no balls” or “wides”. For a delivery to be judged legal, the ball must touch both halves of the pitch before reaching the batting crease.

Q: How many runs can be made?
A: In domestic competition, again this can vary. All players can score 49 runs, plus the next score they make off the bat, then retire. If they are on 49 and hit a six they finish with 55. Totally blind players receive double runs (2 runs per shot) but must also retire at 49 plus. There is not limit on the number of overs that a batsman can face.

Q: Do all players have to bat and bowl?
A: The only restriction on bowling is that you cannot bowl more than 10 overs in a 50 overs game. Totally blind bowlers must bowl at least 20% of the overs. Anybody can bowl to anyone else, but a bowler in a higher category has to make the ball bounce at least twice before the half way point on the pitch to a player in a lower category.

Q: Are totally blind players required to run for themselves when batting?
A: No, they are required to have a runner as it would be unsafe, not only the blind player but also for his fellow fielders. The running is usually done by a partially sighted team-mate of the blind player.