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Ahmed_B
January 28, 2005, 12:26 AM
Interesting new style of Cricket has been introduced by local sports clubs & sponsored by a Steel Mill Co. in a rather remote district of Jhalakathi. The core-concept of the whole arrangement is to discourage lofted over-boundary shots and fully encourage groundshots which reach the boundary! (Source:see today's Ittefaq.)
:cool:
Game Rules
7 players per side
12 overs per innings
Only scoring option: hit boundary by ground-shots (4)
No running (no 1ís/2ís/3ís)
If you hit over-boundary(6) you r ĎOutí!
*1 Bowler can bowl 3 overs max on a side.
**27 local teams r participating in knock-out league pattern.
:D
The Idea probably emerged from the tendency of our current top level players to try to loft the balls too very often without reason! However, the tournament was inaugurated by the local DC and in the opening day 2 matches were played while the arrangement turned out to be a huge success, keeping good number of people in the local stadium till 11Pm at night!!

The sole organizer eventually was a local coach who was trained in BCB.
I would say very much contextual & enthusiastic thing to watch!
:up: INTERESTING INVENSION! :up:

DJ Sahastra
January 28, 2005, 12:37 AM
In my hometown Bombay (Mumbai), we play "Box Cricket".

Essentially, the box has the dimension of the pitch. Any aerial shot that flies out of the box is an OUT.

The bolwing is under-arm (under-arm spin).

Pundit
January 28, 2005, 12:43 AM
Awesome stuff. Improvised cricket at its best. How about carpet cricket - learning how to cope against fast and tremendous spin off a carpet from an under-arm delivery.

My School captain once had me over at his place where I practiced that on tennis balls. An amazing improvement it brought to reflexes and ability to negate very close range fielders. I was n.o. the next day in our match where there were 2 back-up spinners from Bro Union to contend with.

Nasif
January 28, 2005, 12:55 AM
:up:
Now let our national players join this tournament and see how long they survive!

howzatt!
January 28, 2005, 01:16 AM
ashraful should be given break from nat'l squad for a few months so that he can play in that tournament.

Ahmed_B
January 28, 2005, 04:22 AM
It shows another great thing as well... and that is how far deep-rooted has Cricket got into the country!

High enthusiasms even in the farthest parts of the nation all-over...:flag:

Sam
January 28, 2005, 05:40 AM
This is very much encouraging effort from the Coach. This will surely help to build up the habit of positive hitting. But by practicing this way they should not forget about the picking up of 1s, 2s and 3s.

ibnul
January 28, 2005, 06:16 AM
Jhalkathi, one of the southernmost tip in Bangladesh. If they can master 27 teams to start this great format, I have hope the day is not far when we would cheer our team around the globe.
Keep it up, if one coach can achieve this think 64 coaches in all those districts and people we have.
I had a discussion about the potential of our cricket with one of my collegue who happens to be an Aussie, and told him we got 140 million people to choose our team, He told me that China have a billion but that does not mean they can play cricket. Hope our boys would learn to play in the right way from the early life.

Hasib
January 28, 2005, 09:09 AM
the idea is good but with some problems... Sam points out... no 1s, 2s or 3s... the rule shud be... if it is in the air... its out... but u r aloud to take those runs (this is how Bradman played... he kept the ball on the ground)

AsifTheManRahman
January 28, 2005, 10:13 AM
yeah, they might forget the whole art of rotating the strike :)

i remember playing under similar rules a lot as a kid - both in school and at home. we were allowed to take singles though. the sole reason why big hitting was discouraged was the unavailability of balls (the fear that we may have to stop playing if it gets lost, and the owner may have to lose 20 bucks). Good old days....*sigh*

Ahmed_B
January 28, 2005, 11:08 AM
naa.. it doesn't sound that bad!

sounds like 20-20 cricket or something... where encouraging strokeplays seems to be the mood.

Only difference-play groundshots!.. thats even better, when BD suicidal batting is concerned! :)

but there can be another form of this same game... where 1's/2's/3's will be the only way of scoring.. that will also be interesting practice!

Sam
January 28, 2005, 01:17 PM
It could be a combination of both boundaries and singles(1, 2 & 3), provided the ball should be dropped within an oval , surrounding the pitch and very closer to it. That will make the game competitive and worthy for real cricket.