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Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players each on a field at the center of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes its turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. The batting team continues batting until ten batsmen are out, or a specified number of overs of six balls have been bowled, at which point the teams switch roles and the fielding team comes in to bat.

High School Cricket Ball is 9 Inches in Circumference

A cricket ball is resting on top of a cricket bat these are the regulated cricket ball and bat

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players each on a field at the center of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes its turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) governs cricket play in the United States.  At the high school level, USACA works in conjunction with the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) in organizing a league for high school aged players.  The PSAL bases its Cricket Rules and Regulations on the MCC Laws of Cricket and the ICC playing conditions for One Day International matches.

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International Cricket Council Adopts MCC Rules for Ball’s Physical Specifications

girl about to hit cricket ball she is wearing all the cricket gear for protection regulated equipment ball bat and protective wear

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the international governing body for the game of cricket, with 104 member countries as of their 2008 – 2009 roster.  The ICC plays by the MCC Laws of Cricket with certain exceptions stated in ICC Playing Conditions.  The three types of contests governed by the ICC are Test Matches, One Day Internationals, and Twenty20 Matches.  The changes below are the ICC exceptions to the MCC Laws of Cricket.

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Cricket Ball Physical Specifications Rooted in MCC’s Laws of Cricket

pile of regulated cricket balls this is what the ball equipment looks like for cricket

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)has been the custodian of the Laws of Cricket since the Club’s formation in 1787.  As such, the MCC will publish 2000 Code 3rd Edition – 2008 which will become effective 1 October 2008.  This version of the Laws of Cricket remains unchanged regarding the specifications for the ball.  Other cricket councils may issue rule changes based on this primary source.

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