Cricket is a sport that could rival football’s popularity. If the rules are not complex and could easily be followed by non-fans, perhaps cricket’s influence could even surpass football’s fame. Still, this sport which in other parts of the world is considered an essential part of their daily lives, it already has a comprehensive impact in the arts, popular culture and even on other sports.
But before jumping into the bandwagon, there are things you need to purchase before playing the sport to truly feel how it is to be a cricketer. Looking the part will make you feel good and boost your morale on the field. You would be playing your best game when you are comfortable and stylish.
When choosing clothing, be sure to abide by the laws of cricket. The playing shirt must be with a collar and plain white or cream coloured. Colour is only permitted on the piping (only at the border of the shirt’s collar, cuffs and seams) and only one colour is allowed. Zippers, buttons andVelcro are not allowed from the bottom of the shirt until the chest part. To be worn with a long-sleeved or sleeveless playing sweater.Similar to the playing shirt, the trousers should also be plain white or cream and the piping (if coloured) should be the same as the shirt.
When it comes to headgear, the cricket capand sunhat is worn. These could be coloured, it does not have to be white although it is always an option. The player’s initials could also be displayed on the cap.
The abdominal guard is for batsmen and wicketkeepers and is also put in the jockstrap, a pocket underwear that is used to protect the crotch from impact from the ball. The materials used for the abdominal guard or “box” or “cup” or “ABDO guard” as they are also called are from high density plastic, but the edges are padded to avoid cuts.
The helmet is worn by batsmen to protect their heads, usually with a visor. Also worn by fielders who are close to the batsmen. Leg pads are worn to guard the shin bone against effect from the ball. Also worn by batsmen and wicket keepers. Fielders also wear leg pads but are different from that of the batsmen. Gloves for batsmen and wicketkeepersare a bit different since the gloves for the batsmen is thickly padded while the gloves for the wicketkeepers are webbed between the index finger and the thumb.
The ball used in Cricket has a circumference of 9.1 inches and is wrapped in twine and covered in leather. The size varies if it is for a children’s match.
The bat is similar to baseball, a wooden
bat is also used though the bat used for
cricket is wider and flat fronted in contrast to baseball’s club. A cricket bat
is made from the wood of English willow tree while a baseball bat could also be
made from metal.
There is other equipment you will need such as stumps (wooden poles that form the wicket), bails (wooden crosspieces positioned on top of the stumps), sightscreen (placed at the boundary) and boundary (ropes determining the field’s perimeter) but these are already put together in the cricket field.
Clothing, protective gear and equipment might be expensive but don’t let this hinder you from playing the sport. Once you have tried it, you will soon see and understand why cricketers devote their lives to the sport and why fans are rabid about it.