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How to Become a Cricket Player

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Introduction

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, at the center of which is a rectangular 20-meter (22-yard) pitch with a target at each end called the wicket.

Aim

The object of cricket is to score more runs than your opponent. There are three variations of the game (Test, One Day and Twenty 20) and each gives a certain timescale in which the game must be completed.

Skills

  • The ability to throw and catch a ball.
  • Good hand-eye coordination.
  • Good batting and bowling technique.
  • The ability to concentrate for sometimes long periods of time.
  • Healthy and active.

Cricket Player’s Education Requirements

  • Though there is no minimum education qualification for being a cricketer a graduate person will surely be able to deal with the others properly.
  • Candidate should be trained under a good cricket coaching club.
  • Candidate should have played under professional coach and players.
  • Candidate should be well-versed in the techniques and rules of cricket.
  • Candidate should have played county cricket or club cricket and performed well in order to be eligible for international matches.

Cricket Player’s Job Requirements

  • Applicant should be a professional cricketer and must have valid experience of representing a team
  • Applicant must be a good team player to be able to work with the entire team
  • Applicant must possess team spirit and work his/her way through the matches along with the team
  • Applicant should know how to deal with the media during public appearances.

Rules of Cricket

  1. Each team is made up of 11 players.
  2. The bowler must bowl 6 legal deliveries to constitute an over.
  3. A game must have two umpires stood at either end of the wicket. The umpires then must count the number of balls in the over, make decisions on whether the batsmen is out after an appeal and also check that the bowler has bowled a legal delivery.
  4. A batsmen can be given out by either being bowled ( the ball hitting their stumps), caught (fielder catches the ball without it bouncing), Leg Before Wicket (the ball hits the batsmen’s pads impeding its line into the stumps), stumped (the wicket keeper strikes the stumps with their gloves whilst the batsmen is outside of their crease with ball in hand), hit wicket (the batsmen hit their own wicket), Handled ball ( the batsmen handle the cricket ball on purpose), timed out (the player fails to reach the crease within 30 seconds of the previous batsmen leaving the field), hit ball twice (batsmen hit the cricket ball twice with their bat) and obstruction ( the batsmen purposely prevent the fielder from getting the ball).
  5. Test cricket is played over 5 days where each team has two innings (or two chances to bat).
  6. The scores are then cumulative and the team with the most runs after each innings is the winner.
  7. One Day cricket in played with 50 overs. Each team has 50 overs to bat and bowl before swapping and doing the previous discipline. The team with the most runs at the end of the game wins.
  8. The fielding team must have one designated wicket-keeper who is the only person allowed to wear pads and gloves on the field. The wicket-keeper stands behind the opposite end to the bowler to catch the ball.

Important points to become a successful cricketer

  1. Join a cricketing club or play with friends.

If you want to start your career in cricket than join a local cricket team hosted by your school or local community center. These teams will have the equipment, playing fields, and certified referees.

  1. Practice often.

The more you practice, the better you’ll get. The average professional cricket player only has five weeks off per year. That means that they’re training hard during the other forty-eight weeks of the year. If you want to be competitive, you have to train whenever you can. For example:

  • Spend your weekends playing cricket with your team or with friends.
  • Instead of watching TV when you get home from work, go for a run outside.
  • Throw a ball around with your co-workers during your lunch break.
  1. Do hard work with passion

It is true that life of a cricketer seems glamorous and lucrative. But, before making it to the large stage you have to do a lot of hard work. That means spending a lot of time far from family, friends or even studies. Long training sessions and lots of traveling to different parts require lots of hard work, patience, and stamina. Even playing for international matches you have to travel very much abroad.

  1. Get a coach.

Utilizing a coach is expensive and time-consuming. But a coach will be able to help you improve faster than you ever could on your own. The more time you spend one-on-one with a coach, the better your cricket game will be. So to find a coach you can try one of the given options:

  • Ask your friends if they know any good coaches.
  • Do an online search for trainers in your area.
  • Ask around at a cricket event.
  • Look for postings at your local cricket club.
  1. Talk to experienced players.

Make an effort to become friends with the most experienced members of your club or team. Ask them for advice on improving your cricket game. If you go see a cricket game, stick around after the match ends and try to meet the players. Ask the players if they have any tips for a budding cricket enthusiast. Please consider following points:

  • If an experienced player gives you advice, follow it. There’s no point in asking for advice if you’re not going to take it.
  • Don’t let your feelings get hurt. If an experienced player gives you harsh criticism, see it as an opportunity for improvement.

Procedure for selection

  1. If you started very young in your local club, you may have been noticed by regional under-13, under-15 or under-19 teams. These teams play against each other in local leagues within the same state. Eventually, the very best from that league are selected for state teams within an age range.
  2. The players for the open state team are selected from these clubs. This is the most common way to get into an Indian cricket team and work as a professional player in India.
  3. Even as an adult, with very hard practice and good performance you can go for city selection to be on the regional team. This is the second level in a cricket career: at this level, the competition becomes tougher. You have to continue the hard, deliberate practice and give a very good on-field performance.
  4. When you're looking for a local club, do some research and see if they keep in touch with a regional Cricket Association. The more contacts and chances to get noticed by an Indian cricket team, the better. If you are demonstrating a high performance, you may also be recruited for the National Cricket Academy, which will increase your chances of playing at a semi-professional level.
  5. If your performance is good and you stand out in a district and state-wide tournaments, then you can get selected for Ranji Trophy matches. If your performance is outstanding in the Ranji Trophy matches, then you have a chance in the Indian national cricket team.

 

Career in Cricket

1. Make sure you meet all the qualifications.

If you’re looking at schools far enough in advances, you can work hard to meet qualifications that you may not meet otherwise. For example, if the schools you like require a high-grade point average, work hard in all of your classes to raise your grades. For a list of applicant qualifications, look on the university website or talk to an admission counselor. Some other examples of qualifications include being involved in extracurricular activities at school and attending any university events to meet professors and show interest.

2. Make a list of universities to apply.

You can search online or talk to your school’s guidance counselor to decide which universities give you the best opportunity to play cricket. Additionally, look at the variety of academic programs offered by each school, the housing options, and the financial aid available. These criteria will help you narrow your choices down into a short list of four to five schools. Some schools have particular criteria for financial aid. Make sure you meet these criteria before choosing a school. Populate the list with four or five schools instead of just one to give yourself a range of options.

3. Talk to an admissions counselor.

Before you apply anywhere, talk to an admissions counselor from each university. Explain your desire to play on the cricket team and ask them if they have any advice for you. Follow any advice they give you as best you can.

These are some important points which are really beneficial for you if you want to grow your career in cricket.

 

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