Just about anything can make cricket more exciting now. And even given that truism, here's something far more engaging than anything at Ireland will be.
The 7th Senior National Indoor Cricket Championships for the Purkinje Cup will be held at the M L Jaisimha Cricket 365 Academy, from 27th to 30th June. 18 teams from all over the country are participating in this league-cum-knockout tournament sponsored by Purkinje.
The participating teams, namely defending champion Pondicherry, last year's runners-up Hyderabad, and Haryana, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Mumbai, Manipur, Delhi, Assam, Chandigarh, Kerala, Chattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, are divided into four groups. The top teams of the groups clash in the semifinals on 29th June, and the winners play the finals on 30th June.
Players representing India to take part in the 6th Indoor Cricket World Cup to be held from 20th to 30th September, at the Action Indoor Sports Stadium, Bristol, will be selected during this tournament. The rules of the indoor cricket game are different from those of conventional cricket.
Each team will consist of eight players, and each innings will have 16 six-ball overs. A player can bowl a maximum of 2 overs, and a bowler cannot bowl two consecutive overs. Each dismissal results in the batting side losing 5 runs, each innings is divided into 4 sections or partnerships of 4 overs each, and the batting pairs change after every 4 overs. A batsman has to bat for the entire 4 overs whether or not he is dismissed.
Runs will be awarded if a batsman strikes the ball and runs successfully towards the non-striker end. Bonus runs of 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 will be given if the ball touches specific zone nets (A, B, C or D). Wides and no-balls are given 2 runs each, in addition to the runs a batsman scores off those balls.
Please contact Vidyuth Jaisimha at 98663-55154 or Col. Anil Malhotra on 93463-89015 for further details.