Let’s Play Box Cricket

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IPL is popular only because it made cricket faster. But there is another version of cricket that is more popular among the masses. It is called Box Cricket and it has been developed to enjoy cricket in streets and smaller grounds. A team contains up to 8 players and it could be a mix of both male and female cricketers.

In Box Cricket, a team gets a certain number of overs to play and rules are so made that it becomes mandatory for players to make runs on every ball. Or it will be better to say that every ball, shot, and moment is made enjoyable in this version of cricket.

What Is Box Cricket?

It is an indoor game played inside a box-type setting made with a net. The net covers the ground from all sides including the roof so the ball doesn’t go outside the boundary. It makes a safe indoor stadium for playing cricket where there is little space for playing first-class cricket.

The game is played on a ground measuring 20-30m long and 10.5-12m wide. The height of the roof is kept at 4-4.5m. The length of the pitch is 20mx1.8m. Artificial turn covers the pitch to make a level playing field and give the necessary bounce to bowlers. A flexible net makes the boundaries and prevents the ball from jumping out of the box stadium. 

Box Cricket has an advantage that it makes the game more convenient and enjoyable. Since it consumes little time, it can even be played on weekdays. Also, it doesn’t require heavy cricket accessories. Things you need for Box Cricket are as follows:

Spring-back stumps: These stumps come with a firm base that keeps them glued to the ground. Also, the stumps jump back to their original position when knocked over.

Modified ball: The ball used has a softer center that makes it safer for batsmen and fielders. A colored ball can be used for night matches.

Batting gear: Bats used for playing are lighter in weight. Also, the gloves and pads used are made of lightweight cotton because there is little need for added protection in this game.

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Box Cricket Team

A team could have from 6-8 cricketers and depending on the availability of players. You can even make a mixed-gender team but make sure that both teams have a similar number of women cricketers.

Bowling Rules

The rules say that each player gets two overs to bowl. If a team has 6 players, an inning should be 12 overs. The number of overs increases to 16 if a team has 8 players. But an inning could be reduced to 14 or 10 overs depending on time.

Batting Rules

Box Cricket is known for its speed. Here the rules are so bent that it becomes mandatory for batsmen to score runs. If they don’t, they are sent to the benches. In this format of cricket, there is no place for dot balls as it could cost you dearly. But batsmen provided an opportunity to score double runs in jackpot balls.

Dot Ball: In Box Cricket, every ball is valuable because a team gets only a few overs to make runs. Here there is no room for dot balls and if a batsman fails to make even a single run in three consecutive balls, the cricketer is sent to the benches. This rule could scare you but it is made to keep the score moving.

Jackpot Ball: The last ball of each inning is called Jackpot Ball because it provides batsmen an opportunity to make double runs. If you hit a four, you get eight runs. Also, if the ball hits certain places like the scoreboard, the runs scored in the over will be doubled.

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Dismissal & Deductions

Box Cricket has an advantage in that it keeps bowlers and batsmen on equal footing. In other words, here no one has any added advantage. For example, if batsmen are provided Jackpot Ball, teams also lose runs on losing wickets.

The Dot Ball rule says that a batsman will be considered out if no runs are made in three consecutive balls. Also, a certain number of runs will be deducted from the batting team. The rule is to deduct 5 runs from the overall score of the batting team.

If a batsman is out on a Jackpot Ball, the batting team will lose double the runs determined for dismissals. For example, if 5 runs are deducted on each dismissal, the batting team will lose 10 runs on losing a wicket on the Jackpot Ball.

If a fielder catches a power shot rebounding from the net, the batsman will be considered out. But the condition is that the ball shouldn’t touch the ground or the scoreboard. Also, the batsman will be out, if the ball goes out of the net. This rule is made to discourage batsmen from playing power shots.


Batsmen can take runs by running across the pitch or hit fours and sixes. They can even make 8 or 10 runs by hitting strategic positions. But the most amazing thing is that these runs can be doubled if they are made on Jackpot Balls. In Box Cricket, you can easily win a match with 10 runs to make on the Jackpot Ball. You only need to hit the ball for a sixer to win the match.

Variations In Rules

In Box Cricket, you will find variations in rules from one place to another. It is so because the players are allowed to amend the rules according to their playing conditions.

For example, in many places, balls hitting the roof of the net are considered dead balls with no runs given to batsmen or dismissals. But at some places, balls rebounding directly from the roof could result in dismissal. 


Box Cricket is becoming more and more popular because of its fast pace and flexibility in rules. Box Cricket League Punjab tournament is the biggest example of its popularity. It is an annual event in which teams from various cities in Punjab participate.