Beginner Guide

Cricket is played in many variations or formats –Test, One day and Twenty20. Test Cricket is a long and slow game and gradually becoming less popular. “One day” with 50 over matches and Twenty20 Cricket with only 20 over matches have gained popularity. As the games in cricket shrinks the importance of fall of wickets is going down. In “one day” format each side played 50 overs of 6 balls i.e. 300 balls for 10 wickets or about 30 balls per batsman. In Twenty20 format only 20 overs of 6 balls each equates to 12 balls for each batsman to face. Thus fall of wickets has lost its importance to a large extent. One way of correcting this deficiency is reducing the team size. However, in order to maintain the number of players on the field, the game may increase the number of teams to three instead of the normal two teams. However, when this happens, different rules have to be formulated to determine the superiority of one team over the other two. This becomes a challenging problem.


Tricket™ is a game played between three teams consisting of six players each. The game is played in a fashion somewhat similar to cricket, but there are specific methods and rules of play which are specifically devised for Tricket™. Each team bats once while the other two teams bowl and field. The aim of the batting team is to score runs while the aim of the fielding teams is to bowl the batting team out, and collect more runs for themselves. The team with the maximum number of runs wins. In Tricket™, batsmen have more incentives to bat aggressively and tactfully. Bowlers have more incentives to bowl tight and get wickets. The way field is being set and calls are made by the captain of the teams make a huge impact on the outcomes of the game. Depending on the circumstances of the game and their abilities, all teams may not get equal opportunity to bat and bowl. Also depending on the circumstances in the game the interests of the bowling and fielding teams may differ. This makes Tricket™ a tricky game where tact, technique and luck all play big roles.

Players and Teams

Tricket™ is a game played with three teams: Team A, Team B and Team C. Each team is made up of six players. Optionally, there may also be a reserve player called a "seventh man" who may be used, should one of players of the team be injured during play. The seventh player is not allowed to bat, bowl or  wicketkeep. He may act as a substitute fielder or to be a runner for a batsman who becomes unable to run. A runner completes the runs while the batsman continues batting. The seventh man may captain the team. The original player is free to return to the game as soon as he has recovered from his injury.


To make sure the rules are upheld throughout the game there are two umpires in place during games. Umpires are responsible for making decisions and notifying the scorers of these decisions. Two umpires are in place on the playing field while there may also be a third umpire off the field who is in charge of video (if any) decisions. This happens when the call is too close for the on-field umpires and they refer it to the third umpire who reviews slow motion video replays to make a decision.


Game Structure


Each team bats once while the other two teams bowl and field. The aim of the batting team is to score runs while the aim of the fielding teams is to bowl the batting team out and collect more runs for themselves. The team with the maximum number of runs wins.


The order of bowling and batting is preferably decided by the roll of a specially designed die as illustrated in Figure. Three colors are each placed on two adjacent sides of the die. Each team is assigned a color by the match official. These letters match the letters on the die which is rolled to decide the batting and bowling order. The team whose assigned color is on top (team A) will then bat while the other two teams will bowl and field. The team whose assigned color is on the bottom of the die (team C) will bowl the first over to team A while the team whose assigned color was only on sides (team B) will throw the second over. The teams will alternate the bowling thereafter as illustrated in figures below. Once the batting of the first team is finished, team B will bat while team A will bowl its first over and team C will bowl its second over, and then alternate thereafter. After team B is finished batting then team C will bat and team B will bowl the first over and team A will bowl second, and alternate thereafter. Thus the order in which teams play depends entirely on the way the die lands. Other face notations, such as use of colors red, blue and green, or even team names, can replace the letters.


During the game, fourteen players are on the field – two of the batting team hitting the ball with bat; one member of the bowling team throwing the ball towards the batsman; and eleven players (6 of the fielding team, 5 of bowling team) who field the ball. The batting team’s innings finishes when all but one of its batsmen are declared out by the umpires or all of the assigned ‘over’ quota for the team is finished. The over is a set of ten ball legally delivered by a single bowler in one direction. The quota is 10 overs. Therefore, each team has a maximum of 10 overs to bat and bowl in the whole game.

However, depending on the fall of wickets, all teams may not get an equal opportunity to bowl. Each bowler can bowl only 4 overs in the whole game.


The captain of the team whose bowler is bowling the over arranges the field – where eleven players stand to field the ball. If any player refuses or does not comply with the captain’s instruction to field at a certain position, then he can be replaced by a substitute player from his team and his team penalized with 10 runs. There is no restriction on how players on the field can be arranged.


In Tricket™, runs are scored by batting, bowling and fielding. Runs scored by any means carry equal credit towards deciding the winner of the game. Following are the

rules for scoring.


Batting runs- For batsmen to score runs they must run to each other's end of the pitch (from one end to the other). In doing this, one run is scored. They may run multiple runs per shot. They can also score runs by hitting the ball to the boundary. Four runs are scored by hitting the ball to the boundary with at least one bump or touch to the ground

(hitting a four). If the ball is hit past the boundary on the full (before it hits the ground), this gets the batman six runs (hitting a six), and the runs he score from and up to next

legal delivery will also be added to the six runs for him. For example, if a batsman hits a six on the first delivery, and another six on the second delivery and a four on the third

delivery, then he will be credited with twelve runs for the first delivery (six plus six scored on the next delivery), Ten runs for the second delivery (six from the first delivery plus four from the next delivery) and four from the third delivery. If the next delivery is

a no ball or a wide ball (see below) then any run scored by batman (including the extra run credited to the batting side) along with runs scored from the next legal delivery will

be added to the six runs. If a six is hit on the last delivery of the over then batsman gets only six runs. Due to this rule, more than twelve runs can be scored off a single delivery.

These changes give extra incentive to batsman to hit ball aggressively and tactfully. The aggressive and tactful game by the batsman creates pressure on the bowler and the field. The batsman is able to score runs without hitting the ball with the bat. Such runs scored by the batsman includes no ball, wide ball, byes and leg byes.


No Ball- A ball can be a no ball for several reasons:

• if the bowler bowls from the wrong place; or

• if he straightens his elbow during the delivery; or

• if the bowling is dangerous; or

• if the ball bounces more than twice or rolls along the ground before reaching the

batsman; or

• if the fielders are standing in illegal places.

A no ball penalizes the bowler by having him bowl one additional delivery and adds one

run to the batting side.


Wide ball - An umpire calls a ball "wide" if, in his opinion, the batsman did not

have a reasonable opportunity to score off the ball. A ball is called wide when the bowler bowls a bouncer that goes over the head of the batsman or travels far from batsman. A wide ball penalizes bowler by having him bowl one additional delivery and adds one run to the batting side.


Bye and Leg Bye - If a ball passes the batsman and runs are scored, they are called byes. If a ball hits the batsman but not the bat and runs are scored, they are called leg-byes.


Bowling and Fielding Runs - for the bowler to score a run he has to get the batsman out (see rules of out) and let the batsman score a minimum number of runs.


For each batsman out, the bowling and fielding teams get 15 runs which are distributed according the role they played in getting the batsman out.

• If the batsman is bowled, leg before wicket, handle the ball, or hit their wicket, the bowler gets all 15 runs.

• If the batsman is caught in air then the bowler gets ten runs and the player that catches gets five runs.

• If the batsman is stumped then the bowler gets ten runs and the wicket keeper gets five runs.

• If the batsman gets run out then the bowler gets one run and the last two players who touch the ball after it was hit by batsman and before it hits the wickets get seven runs each. If only one player touches the ball as in case of a direct hit to the wickets by a fielder then he gets all 14 runs.

• If the batsman is given out for obstructing game then the bowling and fielding teams get seven runs each.


A player frequently may be in more than one role and will get the runs for all the roles that he plays. For example, in case of caught and bowled (where bowler takes the catch also) the bowler gets 10 runs for his role as a bowler and 5 runs for his catch thus getting all 15 runs.


One credit run will be awarded to the player that demonstrated the best fielding in each over. The player eligible for the run should have demonstrated a superior piece of fielding that has not resulted in the fall of the wicket. The captains of fielding teams must register the fielding act with the umpire before the start of the next delivery by showing a “thumbs up” sign or any other decided signal. Each captain can only register two acts at most. The umpire decides which player demonstrated better fielding skill in the four acts registered. Umpires’ decisions are final and need to be given at end of each over, before the next over starts.


Two bowlers who allow the batsman to score runs the minimum runs in their over are given credit runs at the end of each teams batting. To be eligible for the credit the over has to be completed; i.e. all ten balls delivered and batsman did not score a boundary. The two bowlers who allow batsmen to score the least number of runs will be credited 10 runs. Possibly, a single bowler may receive credit runs for both overs. And if more than one bowler is eligible for the credit then the credit runs are divided equally between the bowlers and rounded off to the nearest whole number (no fraction runs).


The runs scored by bowling and fielding are unique to Tricket™ and are very important to reward the better bowling and fielding team. This aspect of the game makes the game possible with three teams.


Rules of Out (the ways the batsmen can be given an out)

When a bowler gets a batsman out, it is said that the bowler gets a "wicket". Following are the different ways a batsman can be given out:

• Bowled - If the ball is bowled and hits the striking batsman's wickets, the batsman is given out (as long as at least one bail is removed by the ball). It does not matter whether the ball has touched the batsman's bat, gloves, body or any other part of the batsman. However the ball is not allowed to have touched another player or umpire before hitting the wickets.

• Caught - If a batsman hits the ball or touches the ball with his bat or hand/glove holding the bat then the batsman can be caught out. If a fielder, wicket keeper or bowler catches the ball on the full (before it bounces or touches the ground) the batsman is declared out.

• Leg Before Wicket (LBW) - If the ball is bowled and it hits the batsman first without the bat hitting it then an LBW decision can be considered by the umpire. For declaring the batsman out, he must first look at some of the factors. The first thing the umpire needs to decide is would the ball have hit the wickets if the batsman was not there. If his answer to this is yes and the ball was not pitched on the leg side of the wicket he can safely give the batsman out. However if the ball hits the batsman outside the line of off stump while he was attempting to play a stroke then he is not out.

• Stumped - A batsman can be given out when the wicketkeeper puts down his wicket while he is out of his crease and not attempting a run (if he is attempting a run it would be a run-out).

• Run Out - A batsman is out if no part of his bat or body is grounded behind the popping crease while the ball is in play and the wicket is fairly put down by the

fielding side.

• Handled The Ball - A batsman can be given out if he willingly handles the ball with the hand that is not touching the bat without the consent of the opposition.

• Hit the Ball Twice - If a batsman hits a ball for second time when out of crease or for the purpose of protecting his wicket or preventing catch or run out. Batsman may hit ball twice if at least one foot is within crease and ball is being hit for second time for the purpose of scoring more runs and not to prevent a catch, run out or fall of his wicket. The ability to hit ball twice with some restrictions will make the batsman play a wider variety of shots.

• Obstructing The Field of Play- A batsman is out if he willingly obstructs the opposition by word or action or is not ready to play for more than three minutes without approval of the opposing sides or umpire.


Score keeping- Any way of score keeping can be devised as suits the purpose. A method to collect scores on cards is shown in Fig. 3. A score for each over is collected on a single card and all the cards in the game are tallied at end of the game. Scores of the teams are constantly changing. Teams batting second and third are not chasing a fixed score from first team.


Winner- Side with maximum numbers of runs will be declared the winner, except in event of tie.


Tie - In an event when two or more teams have scored an equal number of runs, then the team with the higher number overhead boundaries (six runs) will win. If it is still a tie and does not resolve, then the team with more credits from dismissal of the batsman will win. If the tie still does not resolve then the team higher number of fours will be considered winner. If it is still a tie and does not resolve, then the team with more credits for ‘lowest run scored in an over’ will win. If the tie still does not resolve then the team with lesser wickets lost will win. If the tie still does not resolve then the team with the higher number of superior fielding acts will be considered winner.