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In cricket, how is it decided from which end to start the match?

In cricket, how is it decided from which end to start the match? Is this a per-ground convention, a decision of the umpires, or either of the captains? Is each innings necessarily started from the ...
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Would a catch that rebounded off a flying bird be a fair catch in Cricket?

Lets say a batsman hits a shot and in midway it hits a bird in the air and then as soon as it hits the bird, the ball starts falling down and is caught by a fielder, will the batsman be given out? I ...
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Can a batsman be given out if a ball deflected by a helmet or pad is caught?

I have had this question for a long time: Will a batsman be given out if the ball hits the pad or a helmet of a wicket keeper and the catch is taken by another fielder?
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Number of OUTs in Cricket

Recently I attended an interview, in which the interviewer asked me how many types of OUT are there in cricket. I counted on my fingers and said 6. He said it was wrong and told me that there are a ...
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Cricket Bat Specifications

Are there any restrictions for the height and width of the blade and handle of a cricket bat. I noticed that some players are using bats with short blades(Mongoose).
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Why is Cricket called Cricket? [closed]

My daughter and I were playing softball and on the next field were a bunch of guys playing cricket. She asked me Why is Cricket called Cricket? I had no idea and figured this was a good place to ...
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Who keeps the record of each international cricket match?

There are lot of websites (like ESPN or Yahoo) that mention the statistics and records of all the international / domestic cricket matches. But, is there any international reputed agency that keeps ...
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Technology behind the 'rev counter' for spin bowlers?

Watching the 2013 Australia Vs England Test series ("The Ashes"), I have seen for the first time an interesting piece of technology which shows the rotation speed of the ball. This is used when ...
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Does the batsman get runs on No ball when the team requires only 1 run to win?

Suppose, A batsman is on strike with 98 runs. The scores are level so the batting team requires only 1 run to win. Now suppose in the next ball, the bowler bowls a No ball and the batsman hits FOUR or ...
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What is the difference between balls in Test and ODI Cricket?

In Test Cricket, the red colored ball is used while in ODI and T20I, the white colored ball is used. What is the difference between these balls(apart from color)? Why are different balls used in ...
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Can a fielder deliberately kick the ball over the boundary rope to keep a batsman on strike?

In this potential situation the batting team has a recognized batsman and a tail ender at the crease, the recognized batsman is facing the last ball of the over and the fielding team therefore would ...
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Ball touching the ground during a catch in cricket

If a fielder takes a catch and the ball touches the ground (ball is in hand only, but it’s touching the ground at the same time), is it considered as out?
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What will happen when the batsman or bowler gets injured in super-over?

Three players from the batting side will be selected to bat in the super-over. If the batting side loses two wickets, their innings will end. One player from the fielding team will be selected ...
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The 100 mph barrier

How many bowlers have broken the 100 mile an hour barrier when bowling in international cricket (ODI and Tests only)?
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How are IPL players paid?

In the Indian Premier League, the players are auctioned to the different teams and their salaries depends on the auction amount. But who pays them, does the IPL administration pay them or do the team ...
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Match lost because of Umpire's obstruction

Imagine a situation where the batting team needs a boundary to win last ball. If the batsman hits it straight where no fielder is present and it got obstructed by the umpire, what will be in favor of ...
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What is seedings in grouping the teams in cricket?

I've noticed in the T20 World Cup 2012, that India, Pakistan, Australia and South Africa were placed in the same group for the Super8 stage. All these teams have won all the league matches in the ...
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Is it permissible to wear hand gloves while fielding in cricket?

Is it permissible for a fielder to wear hand gloves while fielding in cricket due to some climate conditions or infections? we can see the football players wearing hand gloves while playing(but they ...
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When is the new ball due for all forms of cricket?

Is there a standard time fixed in Test, ODI and T20 formats of Cricket, when a fielding side captain can ask for a new ball? If the captain of the fielding side doesn't ask for a new ball, will he be ...
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Cricket bat with bent handle?

About 10 years ago, I read an article in (possibly) the now defunct Cricket Talk magazine, about a guy in Australia who built cricket bats with bent handles. The bent handle helped keep the ball down ...
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Origin of the term “Heavy Ball”?

I have often heard commentators describe particular bowlers as having a "heavy ball". By context, this seems to refer to a fast bowler being able to bowl a delivery that seems to impact the bat with ...
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Two dismissals off a single ball

Is it possible to dismiss both batsmen off the same delivery (i.e., by a catch and a run out)? If the ball touched the lower end of the bat, edged up and touched the bat again, will it be given out? ...
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Why are 5 runs awarded if the ball hits the helmet? [closed]

Why are 5 runs awarded if the ball hits the helmet behind the wicket-keeper?
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Are there any rules regarding the position of the Wicket Keeper?

After watching an IPL match I had this doubt. In the match the wicket keeper stood close to the 30 yard circle and the umpire Simon Tauffel came up to the wicket keeper and asked him to move forward. ...
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Why are left arm spinners called differently?

Right arm spinners are either off spinners or leg spinners. But left arm spinners are refered to as chinaman and orthodox. They are never refered to as off spinners or leg spinners. Why are left arm ...
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Positioning of fielders in cricket

In a test match is there any rule that minimum number of fielders should be present on the off side or the leg side.
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What is the difference between googly and doosra spin?

I can see some of the spin bowlers bowl googly and some bowl doosra in international cricket matches. What is the basic difference between googly and doosra spin? How they differ from each other?
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Rain fall a full day in big matches

What will happen if the rain stops play for the whole day in big matches such as finals played for World Cup or Asia cup or currently being played Champions Trophy. Does the match will be played ...
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Which team has gotten the most punishments for slow over rate?

We know that slow over rate is an issue of the fielding team that can be punished by ICC. In June 2012 Misbah ul-Haq got punished (banned for one match) but their players didn't get that. But in May ...
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Is it possible to change playing styles in cricket?

Can a player playing as a right hand batsman for a few overs switch to his left hand for rest of his innings? Can a player bowling spin for 2 or 3 balls in a over switch to being a fast bowler in the ...
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Why Mumbai is considered as a state in Ranji Trophy(Indian Domestic Cricket)

I know Railway, Services play as a state in Ranji Trophy. But why Mumbai is considered as an individual team or state though Maharashtra plays in Ranji Trophy?
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On what basis players and teams are ranked by ICC?

I have noticed that ICC rankings for all forms of cricket are given based on points and rating. How are these points and rating given? I assume that for each and every match, teams and players get ...
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On a no ball, can both batsmen carry the stumps and run forever?

When a bowler oversteps (or in rare cases, has the back foot touching the return crease) during the delivery stride, the umpire usually calls a no ball while the ball is still in play. On hearing this ...
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what about a switch bowling action

In the current era of cricket, we see batsmen using switch hits to play a ball. That is, while playing a ball they change their batting side (left to right handed and vice versa) just before the ball ...
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Change of strike in case of batsman is bowled?

Our bowler banged it in short of length, in line with the off stump, and the batsman swings across the line sending the ball straight up over the pitch. Both batsmen immediately set off for the run ...
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How can you find your correct size of cricket bat?

What is the best way to determine what cricket bat size to use? This is a general question but my specific case is for my 8 year old son.
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Are there any notable cricketing baseballers or baseball-playing cricketers?

Are there any attempts (in history or today) of top-level baseball players (cricketers) having a shot at "higher-level" cricket (baseball) (and perhaps succeeding in some sort of way)? I do not mean ...
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What is the difference between swing and seam bowling?

I could not understand the difference between these two. What is the difference between swing bowling and seam bowling? How does both differ? Can a swing bowler do seam bowling too?
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Timed out in cricket

I've learned that Timed out means the batsman takes over 3 minutes to enter the field of play after a wicket falls. Which batsman will be given out for this?(ie, whether the batting team had any ...
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Bowling tactics for a medium pace bowler in Indoor Cricket?

I have played regular cricket for a number of years but am now not able to spend the many hours required on weekends to play. I have instead taken up indoor cricket. To be specific, this is the ...
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Calculations of bat speed and pace of a delivery

I have two questions: How is the bat speed of batsmen calculated? (I believe it is from change in position of bat in each frame divided by time) Does the nature of the pitch affect the pace of a ...
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Is there any limitations for the team sqaud count for international cricket match series?

I often see the cricket team squads for a tournament/series contain 15 players. From those 15, playing eleven would be sorted for each match. But, for the India's tour of South Africa 2013, Indian ...
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Calculation of bowling strike rate

Batting strike rate is calculated as (No. of runs / No. of balls faced) * 100. How is bowling strike rate calculated?
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Man of the Match award for two players

Is it possible to give player of the match award to more than one player, when the stats and performances of more than one player (from the same team) equals the same? If yes, any history for the ...
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Yellow card and red card in cricket

Yellow and red cards are given in some team sports like rugby,football etc. Is there a practice of issuing these cards in cricket? I heard that Billy Bowden gave yellow card for shane warne, and ...
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Is it unlawful or not-done to field between bowler and sight screen?

In cricket, play usually stops temporarily when spectators or personnel walk or stand in front of the (live) sight screen. What about fielders? Should they move elsewhere on request?
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How does Retired Hurt and Absent Hurt affect career average

If a batsman has retired hurt while batting, will this innings be added as an innings in his statistics (Does it affect his career batting average)? What about the innings count in the case of Absent ...
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When can a team gain a bonus point in the Asia Cup?

Pakistan gained a bonus point after defeating Afghanistan by 72 runs. They had mentioned during the match that Pakistan could earn a bonus point if they stop Afghanistan to score 198 runs. - ...
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Who is out if both batsmen end up at the same end and at the other end fielders hit the stumps?

Consider the following situation, Batsmen A and B are playing, A is facing the ball and hits the ball inside the ground. Both of them running between the wickets and meet at the centre of the pitch, ...
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Do batting scores in abandoned matches still count for your career stats?

In the most recent T20I between England and New Zealand, only two balls were bowled before the match was called off. However, in that time, Lumb scored two runs, and then was caught behind. Does ...