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Have You Played Cricket Like this in Pakistan?

Posted on June 26, 2009
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Owais Mughal

Few days ago I was taking my ritual stroll after dinner. My thoughts were going astray. In one such senior moment the idea of writing this post came to me. The thought process in my head which resulted in this post below went something like this:

Well Owais mian, these days I am looking more and more like Inzamamul Haq. I need to walk more. OK so today I’ll do eleven walking rounds of our street instead of usual 10. I used to play cricket everywhere. wasn’t it fun? Hey, how about if I write a post about the cricket diversity of Pakistan. I am sure many of our readers will relate to it and they may share their own versions of cricket that they’ve played ….

So here is my non-exhaustive list below:

The photo above is courtesy of Raja Islam

1. Street Cricket

This is by far the most common form of cricket played in Pakistan. At ATP we’ve covered street in the past atleast two times. see here and here. It is usually played in the middle of the road. Wicket is usually made of old furniture e.g. an old chair for batting side and just a stone for the bowling end. Sometimes broken furniture is not available and then batting wicket is made by putting some bricks or stones together. One universal rule of street cricket is called the ‘house-out’. This happens when a hit directly goes into a neighborhood house. The background of this rule is the nuisance caused to fielding side which now has to press call bell of the house and retrieve their ball. After 3 to 5 such incidences the people living in these houses stop giving the ball. The trick to avoid this is by making sure the boys living in those houses are also part of your team.

Once upon a time our neighbors got so fed up by constant hitting in their home that they used a knife to cut our tennis ball into two and then threw the two pieces out on the street for us to take some ‘ibrat’. We just did a quick ‘chanda’ and bought a new ball.

2. Beach Cricket

This is another very famous form of cricket. The trick here is that team batting first always has a better chance to do well. The reason is soft sandy pitch on a beach becomes unplayable after few overs of rough handling. ‘Jharoo’ (sweep shot) batsmen are especially damaging for this type of cricket.


The photo of beach cricket above is courtesy of Qaisar Islam.

Let me also tell you another ‘patay ki baat’ (trade secret). Always try to bat first in an afternoon beach game. The high tide comes in very fast during monsoons. It is very likely that within few overs of game, high tide waves will reach the cricket pitch and the batting side will not have to do fielding as the pitch will get flooded. This is called “muffat (not muft) ki batting”. kiyoon hai na patay ki baat!

3. Cricket-At-Home

My all time favourite was an indoor game called “Cricket at Home”. This game is played on the floor or any other flat surface. I am not sure if it is available in market or not. It price until late 80s used to 25 ruppaiyyah only. I used to own 5 such sets and used to arrange whole World Cup tournaments, write down scores, keep statistics of my fantasy cricket teams in a special statistics register.

Those who have played ‘cricket at home’ know that the plastic bowler in this game has a rubber-band arm. It throws ball like a sling shot under tension. I used to use 4 rubber bands for a fast bowler, 2 for medium pacers and a really loose one for a spinner. By turning the hook in bowler’s arm I had mastered the art of swing and curved bowling on our home carpet. I used to make my own wooden bats by filing and chiseling them. I also used chalk balls which used to deteriorate after 40 overs. Thats how I simulated the concept of “New Ball”. To simulate different pitches, I used a 1 foot square of carpet piece( which simulated a turning wicket). If I pretended to be playing on Australian pitches, I used ‘Metal strips’ to simulate ‘hard-bouncy’ wickets and a wooden one to simulate dead batting wickets.

If you remember the Mechanical Tasbeeh then that used to be my digital scoreboard.

In every room of our house, I had built a stadium and named them after different stadiums of Cricketing world e.g. my bedroom was Karachi, our living room was Melbourne etc. By the time I reached 7th grade, I had started arranging Flood light day-night matches by putting four, 100Watt electric bulbs on wooden sticks around my stadiums on carpet.

Almost Everyday I used to have a fight with “maasi” who used to come for jharoo-poncha in our home and I would always resist her cleaning the room carpet, where my international matches were being played.

I had reserved few card board players to look like the real life players. e.g. I had made moustaches by using a black marker on my Javed Miandad, my Zaheer Abbas used to wear specs like the real Zaheer, Imran had curly hair, Salim Yousuf the wicket keeper had wicket-keeping pads drawn on his legs etc

Cricket at home was fun while it lasted and then I grew up.

4. Roof Cricket

This is played on apartment building roofs. Uniqueness of this cricket is that a hit outside the boundary costs you a trip down 5 or 6 stories. A good chance is by the time somebody has climbed down to retrieve the ball, some street children may already have run away with the ball.

5. Class Room Cricket

This form of cricket is played in the 5 minute break between two periods or whenever a teacher is late showing up for a class. Tennis or table tennis balls are used. Broken chair pieces, “imtahaani gatta” (writing boards) or cylindircal drawing sheet holders are used as bats.

6. Living Room Cricket

This type of cricket is played only when parents are not home. The wicket is usually made of sofa cushions. Fielders are usually placed on top of furniture due to lack of space. Sometimes to keep a batsman in check, a one-tip-out rule is implemented. This means a batsman is out even if a fielder catches the shot even after one bounce. The batting technique to survive here is to press ball towards the ground as if it is being burried under ground.

7. Curved Street Cricket

Curved streets are very common in older localities of Pakistan. I’ve had honors of playing street cricket at Punjabi Club located in Kharadar, Karachi. The street pitch there is located at an inresection of 5 streets. The street straight ahead curves at angle of 60 degrees and then the cricket boundary is reached. The best way to score boundary (a 4 or a 6) here is to hit straight and then hope for a reflection at 60 degrees from a building wall. A direct hit to a building ahead and reflection of the ball at 60 degrees such that its first bounce on the ground happens outside the cricket boundary is still considered a sixer. This type of rules only happen in kharadar.

Curved Street cricket in Kharadar is played at night. During day time this place is so busy that a person born on one side of the road can never dream of crossing it to the other in his life time. In reality he just have to wait for the sunset though. But you got the message. old city localities are very busy during day time.

8. Verandah Cricket

This form of cricket is also played indoors but with a bit more room available than living room. Bat is usually made of a straight timber with handle made by wrapping a towel with electric tape. The straight timber is usually the ‘beading’ used as wooden window frames. Ball is usually the table tennis ball with electric tape wrapped on it for weight and swing.

9. Book Cricket

This form of cricket is played by opening a thick book repeatedly. The least significant digit of even-numbered pages is used as cricket scores with 0 being out and 8 being considered as a sixer. 2, 4 and 6 are noted down as 2, 4 and 6 runs.

The problem with this form of cricket are the bent pages in a book. After few tries a player figures out where to open the book to get same score. Fielding side i.e. the person not using the book has to vigilant abput such tricks from the batting side i.e. the person opening the book.

10. Board Cricket

This form of cricket is played as a board game with a dice. As your ‘goti’ moves on a board with every throw of dice, you are able to score runs as well as there is a chance of arriving in a box called ‘Out’. Two ‘gotis’ are used to simulate two batsmen. After every over or after an odd-run, the other batsmen (‘goti’) moves. Just like in real cricket.

11. Cricket with a Dice

This is the easiest form of cricket. It is played by throwing a dice. A Five is an out (b/c it is very rare that 5 runs are scored in cricket). All others faces of the dice are considered as runs.

12. Cricket with a ‘ganji’ tennis ball dipped in water

we used to put lotas full of water near the bowling end. bowlers used to dip the ball in these lotas before balling to the batsmen. These were pre- tape-tennis days. Once Pakistani moved onto playing tennis cricket by wrapping electric tape on it, ‘gnaji’ ball cricket died its death. The attraction of ‘gnaji’ ball dipped in water used to be its extra fast speed which was later achieved by using tape-ball and without splashing water all over one’s clothes.

13. Cricket on Red-Brick surface.

I used to play this tricky cricket whenever I travelled to up country. Especially in Punjab where red clay bricks are used to make ‘farsh’ (court yard) in a house. The tennis/tape-tennis ball turns unpredictably on bricked surface due to brick’s un-evenness. Batting is very tricky on a bricked surface.

14. choTee (Small) Cricket

This form of cricket is played inside a house especially where there is an extreme danger of breaking glass windows, electric bulbs etc.

This is called ‘choTee’ (small) cricket because ball is delivered as an under-arm throw and batting is done left-handed. All right handed batsmen have to play left-handed and vice versa. This is done to challenge and downgrade their batting skills and hence save the glass windows and electric bulbs.

15. Hill Cricket

The rules and consequences of long hitting are very similar to cricket on the roof version. We witnessed it first hand by playing on the plateau hills of Safari Park and Hill Park. Every long shot used to go below the hill. We had to place few people from batting side under the hill so they can throw hits from their comrades back up the hill.

16. Cricket on Commodore 64

When Commodore 64 computers came out in 80s, the game of cricket made headlines on it. I also got chance to play it. It was indeed a step forward in fantasy cricket. The game had some problem though as the team playing first always won the game. Does anybody remember this cricket game on commodore 64?

17. Playing circket in a flooded street after rains

I think following photo is enough to show the joy of playing cricket in a flooded street after rains. The playing area deliberately includes the flooded portion of the street. This adds to the challenge for a batsmen on how to play incoming balls. Clothes of batsmen invariably get marked with a wet spot every time a ball hits him. Bowlers also try to aim for batsmen’s clothes. This is done all in the good spirit of gamesman ship.

18. Playing Cricket in Dense Fog

Look at the following photo. It is from Lahore and taken in January 2010. While I’ve personally not played cricket in such dense fog, it must be fun. I say it must be fun because it adds a variable of uncertainty and reduced visibility among fielders. A shot that goes too high may disappear for a bit and fielders that are placed on boundary may have hard time seeing the game at the center. Voice communication like ‘lena…pakrana’ (take it…grab it) will be the key to success while fielding in such foggy conditions.

19. Cricket with a Laundry Beater

Do our readers of Pakistani descent remember this wooden laundry beater that I am talking about? It is a wooden stick in the shape of a mini cricket bat and is used to beat laundry during washing process. I played a lot of cricket with this laundry beater because it resembled a mini cricket bat.

20. Cricket with a Frying Pan

Shown to the left is our experiment of playing indoor cricket with a frying pan. My son and I did this experiment with an old frying pan which we were about to throw. It indeed has much better stroke than a willow bat. ‘aazmaaish shart hai’ plus for indoor cricket it gives much better chance to a batsman to hit the ball.

I’ve listed 20 forms of cricket above but there are several more which are coming to my mind. I’ll write about them some other time. As a hint I can tell that they include (20) Playing cricket in a car parking. (21) Playing cricket on a walk-way in a park. (22) Playing cricket with a tennis racquet. (23) Playing cricket with a base-ball bat. (24) Plating cricket in a basket ball court/tennis court etc.

Do you have any other form of cricket to share with us? Please do so. We’d like to hear about the places and types of cricket you’ve played.

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43 Comments on “Have You Played Cricket Like this in Pakistan?”

  1. Agahi says:
    June 26th, 2009 3:11 am

    Lovely post. It reminds me of sehri cricket matches in my mohalla, where all boys whether they fast or not, gathered after sehri and played cricket till 7 a.m. or so.

  2. June 26th, 2009 3:13 am

    Nice post owais.

  3. Umar Shah says:
    June 26th, 2009 3:27 am

    Owais you just reminded me of my version of roof cricket in which we used a squash ball with a seam (courtesy of the local mochi), a sawed off bat (1/2 size) and an “aam ki peti”. The boundary was a 2 & 1/2 foot wall. Retrieving the over the boundary ball sometimes involved climbing down drain pipes running on the sides of the house and running across the masjid courtyard before the mullahs caught us. Alas, that roof is no more.

  4. Shah Zeb says:
    June 26th, 2009 3:29 am

    nice one, i remember playing cricket with a hockey as a bat and a football instead of a ball.

  5. Jibreel says:
    June 26th, 2009 3:59 am

    uhave forgotten one type of cricket that was one tip out and body out cricket that was a fun to still at some places where there is less place people do play ths type tht is awsme but the post is really nice remind me of my old days :) cherrs man

  6. June 26th, 2009 5:58 am

    Good Owais…..it creates nostalgia.

  7. Sajjad says:
    June 26th, 2009 6:11 am

    Yes Owais, I had Commodore 64 back in 1992. There was cassette player which had games stored in. Cricket was the last program in it and we had to wait for the cricket program to load. I was not fimiliar with tape counter in those days, later we discovered that we can jump to our favourite programs using the count number on the tape device.
    well, If i remember correctly , this was not always that team battign first won the match. i think it was happening most the times but not always. “Medium” ball , (the left on joystick) was worst to handle, later me and brother mutually agreed that we will not use “Medium” ball. crowd was made of “Zero and Os”. on every six, 4 or out, these zeros and Os use to flash. Caught behind was something that was randomly offered by the program, player had no conrol on it.

    Thanks Owais, for a moment i got back to my childhood.

  8. Javed Ghouri says:
    June 26th, 2009 6:41 am

    What, no post on Michael Jacksons death!

  9. shahran says:
    June 26th, 2009 7:04 am

    A very nice piece on Cricket.

    Cricket on the hill was interesting. I know we had played a number of times in Safari Park where they used to have a small OVAL ground with small walls. We used to call it “Oval ka ground” and played cricket there.

    Another type of cricket was played during the rain. All the mohalla kids and guys would come out and would use to play with a tennis ball while the fielders and batsmen were submerged in two to three inches of water.If you were batting then you would not just receive the delivery but also receive a splash of muddy water right on your face as soon as the ball hits the bat.
    I am sure most of us do remember the taste of that water :)

    Cricket in forest: Be it Changa Manga, the forests of Swat,or even our very own Pir Sohawa Jabri’s small forest preserve,cricket has always been the major activities of picnic.

  10. June 26th, 2009 7:54 am

    I’d never had thought somebody would do this much detailed coverage of the forms of cricket played in the homeland. Man you covered everything. A very nice & thourough post indeed. It opened a window back into past while sitting at my desk in office in London :)

    I have some extensive experience with Roof Cricket and I would like to add one more aspect to your already detailed description, that apart from being played on tall buildings, its also played on house roofs, and the rules are quite strict. A ball off the roof is obviously out, but if you have a walled roof, a ball caught after hitting the wall is still considered as caught provided that the fielder caught it one handed, and batsman is out. This rule sometimes was also applied to a ball that you caught with one tip only, obv single handedly

    Also its not just 4 or 6, considered as boundaries, rather if you hit the wall on leg side or off side, you get 2 runs if it went flying and 1 run otherwise. This is because, normally, leg & off side on roofs are nearer as compared to straight. Yes the boundary at straight comes with a 4 or a 6 accordingly.

    One more rule was if you miss 3 balls in 1 over, you were declared out, as you were not there to play test cricket anyway :) So you have to hit the ball. And sometimes this rule was extended as to you have to hit 1 or 2 *shots* in 1 over. As some guys would start playing *stop* game. The definition of a *shot* as compared to a *stop* was always subjective, and created heated debates :)

    Also Book Cricket was, normally, also played in Classroom as it would be no fun playing with non-Course books.

    Aahh, it seems I got carried away … :)

  11. Germane? (Jackson) says:
    June 26th, 2009 10:30 am

    @Javed

    And Michael Jackson is relevant to Pakistaniat, how?

  12. Sufian says:
    June 26th, 2009 10:45 am

    What an amazingly enjoyable article!! Absolutely loved it. Thank you for sharing this. I’m a British born Pakistani who has only lived about 2 years of his life in Pakistan but very fondly remember the street cricket, especially your NO.3 “Cricket-at-Home”! I used to own one of these games!

  13. AbuMaleeha says:
    June 26th, 2009 11:04 am

    Woh Kagaz ki Kashti Woh Barish Ka Pani…

    A house in our Mohalla on the edge of the boundary would usually receive a sixer in case the batsman didnt hit it straight enough. With no hope of getting the ball from the owners, we used to climb to the top of the roof from the outside…dangerous yes, but a tennis ball at that time cost, i thiknk, Rs 13 or 18, cant remember, and was it WIN ke ball or someother brand.?
    In school, BVS, we used to play hand cricket, a ball made of lots of socks, wound up tight…
    Sigh…those were the days..

  14. MH says:
    June 26th, 2009 11:43 am

    I was hoping to see the tennis court version in the detailed list, we had to do that here in college & back home too. I remember ‘shaving’ the tennis ball & putting on a thick layer of electric tape. We used a chair for a wicket & if you nicked the ball & it hit the fence behind you, that was an out. Out of the fence was an out as well since people were playing tennis in other courts…..all this under flood lights (after taraweeh in some cases) AHH those fun times.

  15. June 26th, 2009 12:48 pm

    I used to play Cricket-At-Home with my late father.

    Deja vu.

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  17. Desi says:
    June 26th, 2009 1:09 pm

    Wow! Wow!

    Cool article!

    Man, you certainly know how to take us back to those beautiful days!!!

  18. Rehan says:
    June 26th, 2009 3:33 pm

    A larger Book or notebook as a bat with table tennis ball. Sometimes in school brake with some non marking hard seeds/fruits of some trees as ball.

  19. Owais Mughal says:
    June 26th, 2009 6:17 pm

    @Sajjad: You are probably right but somehow my experience with commodore 64 Cricket was always the side batting first won the match. may be I was not playing it right :) which is very much possible.

    @umar: I remember the wickets made out of ‘aam ki peti’. The bowlers used to have competition that who will be able to break the ‘peti’ into pieces with their bowling. With tape ball the petis were easily broken.

  20. Owais Mughal says:
    June 26th, 2009 6:22 pm

    @Shahran, Yes I remember playing in flooded streets and the splash of water that came to the batsman alongwith the ball. Thanks for the recall.

    About Safari Park: In university days, we used to play in the car parking. During school days I remember playing at top of the hill and that is when we had to fetch ball from the bottom of the hill everytime somebody had a long hit.

  21. Owais Mughal says:
    June 26th, 2009 6:25 pm

    @ M Shoaib. Good recall. I enjoyed reading your experience. Yes I totally forgot to mention about the rules of
    ‘dukki’ (2 run shots).

    the ‘shot’ vs ‘stop’ rule sounds very interesting. I never got chance to play with that rule but I can imagine the controversies that would’ve resulted out of it :)

  22. Owais Mughal says:
    June 26th, 2009 6:28 pm

    @ A Maleeha. Enjoyed your comment. Yes, retrieving balls from the roofs and ‘chajjas’ of an un-cooperating neighbor’s house was a universal phenomena of street cricket. In our street we used to have two or three children who were very trained in retrieving balls from roofs by climbing off the pipes. We used to call them commandoes :)

  23. Owais Mughal says:
    June 26th, 2009 6:31 pm

    @MH. thanks for your comment. Yes i forgot to mention about the rule of automatic ‘caught behind’ or ‘nick’ out. This was used usually when we played with ‘numbering’ and the rule allowed batsmen to get out quicker.

  24. Razi says:
    June 26th, 2009 6:39 pm

    Gali cricket in my part of PECHS Block II started on the dot at 5pm. As we congregated, someone would start picking numbers of the batting order. Then it would be 3-4 bowlers tormenting you with anything that can be bowled with a tennis ball. Besides getting out the usual way of being bowled or caught…you were also deemed out if you hit the ball inside any house or if you were hit thrice on the leg (a gentle version of LBW). Of course there was a number of sessions abandoned as soon as the Tableeghi Jamaat group was seen approaching :)

  25. Uneeb Walayat says:
    June 26th, 2009 11:52 pm

    What a lovely post, Owais bhai. It took me into my childhood when I, along with my brothers, used to play cricket in our drawing room. A carpet brush was used to be our bat :) and we played with a hard ball :) because it did not get too much bounce on a carpet. Sixers were not allowed, Sofas were our fielders and only two men (bowler and batsman) were allowed to play at a time. To get a boundry, we had to place our shots between the sofas placed in different positions. We have played different tournaments like World Cup, Sharjah Cup etc on that ground.

    When I was writing this comment, I was singing a song of M. Ali Shehki ‘ Mere Bachpan Ke Din Kitne Ache Thay Din’.

    Kya yaad dila diya Owais Bhai… :)

  26. sirjee sain says:
    June 27th, 2009 1:13 am

    Hi,
    You have not mentioned French Cricket
    I am sure a lot of your readers must be aware of this form, specially those who are cramped up for space

  27. Owais Mughal says:
    June 27th, 2009 1:24 am

    Sirjee Sain. I thought French Cricket was played at the beach. I must admit that I don’t know much about it. Would you like to share some rules and how is it played with us.

  28. Owais Mughal says:
    June 27th, 2009 11:06 am

    Sirjee Sain, does French cricket mean a batsman stands in the middle and fielders around him in a circle. Any one of the fielders could throw a ball at the batsman and try to hit batsman’s body (with soft tennis ball ofcourse) and the batsman has to defend himself with the bat. I have some vague memories of playing such game at the beach and even more vague memory of somebody calling it the French Cricket. Am I right or wrong in my recall of French Cricket?

  29. Mohsin Irshad says:
    June 27th, 2009 8:40 pm

    Lovely post Owais!

  30. Aqil says:
    June 29th, 2009 2:13 pm

    Owais:

    You really brought back some fond memories. Especially cricket at home. I used to play that a lot and like you, I would hold matches between different cricket teams and keep the scores of all the players. I was limited to my own room, but my parents gave me the freedom to use chalk on the carpet and fortunately I had a very good quality green carpet that could take a lot of abuse.

    I never got the hang of the rubber thing of the bowler that came in the original game, but I got pretty good at bowling with my left hand. So I would bat with the right hand and bowl with the left. Over time, I developed a few different techniques for spinning the ball, which became the different deliveries that bowlers can ball, such as leg break, off break, left arm spinner’s deliveries (both chinaman and left arm orthodox), inswinger etc. Not each one of these deliveries turned out to be as good a replication of the real one, but the system was still pretty elaborate and some of the deliveries worked out very well.

    Somehow I never succeeded in bowling properly with my right hand and batting with the left hand. So if a left hander was batting, it would get awkward. In order to avoid this, I would also bat for the lefties with my right hand and bowl with the left hand. However, I would take care to change the angle so that if a right arm bowler was coming over the wicket to a left handed batsmen, I would bowl from the left side of the wicket like a left arm bowler going over the wicket to a right hander.

    The red balls that came with cricket at home itself were too light for my liking and would travel too easily to the boundary. The bat was also not of great quality. However, there were bat key chains available in the market which were of the same size and these were very good. By the time these bats finally broke, the key chains were no longer available in the market. That’s where my mother’s creativity came in and made a bat by cutting a wooden ruler. A good ball that behaved more like the real one came in the form of a birthday present. There was this game which came with several metallic balls. These were a bit smaller than the original cricket at home balls, but heavier and would therefore travel relatively less easily. While these were silver in colour, I would pretend that they were white.

    There was this other problem of replicating running between the wickets and fielders taking or dropping catches. Also that of fielders stopping the ball by running around or diving. For this, I made some rules. For each fielder, I placed two additional blocks which represented his diving save area. I had fixed the distance between the crease at both ends of the pitch to be about 2 giths (yes, that desi unit of length). Since a hit to a boundary fielder usually results in a single, I decided that a boundary fielder would be able to run two giths on either side. On both sides of a boundary fielder at a distance of two giths, I would place his diving blocks. That is, he would be able to run up to two giths and stop the ball, but beyond that, he would have to dive. For fielders in the inner circle, I placed their diving blocks right next to them since infielders usually don’t have much time to run and stop a good shot. For a shot that went into a gap but stopped before reaching the boundary, I would measure the distance from the nearest fielder in giths to determine how much the batsmen would be able to run between the wickets.

    For catches, I used a small plastic piece taken from a set of blocks. Holding this piece in one hand, I would throw the ball at it with my other hand. If it caught the ball, the catch was taken. Over time, I learned too adjust the speed and difficulty level to make it as realistic as I could.

    At some stage, I also started washing the carpet with water for shading the ground. So I would wash the infield but leave out the pitch and the outfield. This way the pitch was lighter green (a very grassy looking pitch I admit) and the outfield was also lighter green, but the inner circle was darker.

    But then, all good things must come to an end. So it did. Very abruptly in my case, but it was fun as long as it lasted.

  31. Owais Mughal says:
    June 29th, 2009 2:52 pm

    Aqil do I know you from previous life :) I also had very similar rules as yours. My bedroom carpet was also green color but i never got permission to use chalk. I had to use thread or other boundary markers.

    I also used to hold bowler with left hand and bat with the right hand. To simulate left handed batsmen, i would just tilt the bat bottom towards right (you have to imagine this to get the right picture :))

    I also had fixed fielders reach by roughly ‘ek baalisht’ in all directions for boundary fielders and a bit less for closer ones.

    I used to make my own cricket bats by filing piece of wood. I never knew there were bat key chains available. That would’ve saved me a lot of labor

    My big thing was flood light matches by using electric bulbs on 4 wooden sticks and turning the room light off :) :) These matches however proved quite expensive on our electricity bill. 4 bulbls roughly conumed 250 Watts of power :)

  32. Aqil says:
    June 29th, 2009 11:39 pm

    Owais:

    I also experimented with holding the bat’s bottom tilted towards the right or using a backhand grip (if you know what I mean) to similate left handed batsmen but it didn’t really work out for me. These grips felt too unnatural and I could not play strokes on the off side. And what’s a left handed batsman without a good cut shot and cover drive to the ball angling away from him? So I ended up batting right handed and pretending that this was a lefty batsman. Were you able to somehow similate these shots effectively with that tilted angle of the bat?

    I find your idea of taking a chalk ball’s deterioration as the ball getting older very interesting. I never thought of this. I briefly tried using a chalk piece as a ball before I got cricket at home itself(I used toothpicks as stumps then), but was never happy with it. Getting it in a proper spherical shape was difficult and it deteriorated too quickly (may be you found better quality chalk :) ). Secondly the chalk ball was too light for my taste. Once I also played with a ball made of a piece of soap (which was again my mothers creation). It was pretty decent and did not lose shape as quickly as chalk. But its deterioration was still more than what I was ok with. The metal ball was the only one I really felt happy with, but yes, it didn’t similate the ball getting older.

    How did you similate catches?

  33. Owais Mughal says:
    June 30th, 2009 12:20 am

    Aqil, chalk ball had advantages of its condition getting changed with passing overs but the disadvantage was that its diameter also reduced b/c of wear and tear. After 30+ overs it used to become so small that it could pass through the hook of bowler’s arm, so I had to take a new ball every 30 overs and after a while it became too much work and I reverted to plastic balls.

    I never tried metal ball. That must’v been interesting.

    I was not creative with catches. I considered a catch only if a ball directly hit the fielder i.e. without bouncing off the ground. So this was not very realistic as I assumed fielders remained static for catches. It however kept the rules simpler for me.

  34. mrizvi says:
    July 1st, 2009 12:05 pm

    Wonderful post Owais. Dil dukhi sa ho gia!

  35. Memoona Saqlain says:
    July 4th, 2009 9:09 am

    Ur article has reminded me of those blissful days when we (My siblings and I) were used to play cricket in the living room of our apartment,why? because our ammi jan didn’t allow us to play outside. We also played badminton there!!!!!!

  36. July 11th, 2009 8:06 am

    Check out the newest Pakistan Cricket blog at www wellfielded com.

    Owais bhai, would you be kind enough to write a guest post on our blog as well? Pls. do have a read at the first couple of posts we have done and your feedback will be highly appreciated!

    Your blog doesn’t have a trackback option, but we have linked this article on it as well.

    Rgds!

  37. Owais Mughal says:
    July 15th, 2009 12:20 am

    # 18: ‘playing cricket on a flooded street after rains’, added to the list along with a relevant photo

  38. Amit says:
    November 23rd, 2009 6:16 am

    Oh god I can so identify with this post (I’m from your eastern neighbour that must not be named). My favorite is book cricket (though we count 8 as one run). But some forms are unique to Pakistan

  39. Owais Mughal says:
    January 28th, 2010 2:28 pm

    The 19th type of cricket i.e. playing in dense fog conditions added to the post today – along with a photo of such type being played in Lahore few days ago.

  40. February 5th, 2010 7:27 am

    no doubt its a true. I feel I am pakistan when I see such kind of activities which only happend in Pakistan

  41. Owais Mughal says:
    February 12th, 2010 10:31 pm

    Playing cricket with a frying pan added at #20 in the post above. We tried this form of cricket few days ago.

  42. February 13th, 2010 2:19 pm

    Dear Adil/Owais,

    I have recently launched http://www.Urduathome.com to promote Urdu learning among the expatriate Pakistani children living outside Pakistan. I have been working on this subject for over 5 years now and it is my third website. I know its not the policy of Pakistaniat to promote one website or other; but since it is an effort to promote Urdu language in the next generation of Pakistanis combined by the fact the it is jointly developed by a Pakistani and an Indian IT professional, I think it deserves some sort of recognition from our community. I am not asking for much but do feel a little frustrated on the lack of support from the community in large. I have contacted pretty much everyone across the board in the news media but haven’t got much luck.

    We are getting good reviews from the parents who have joined us but we are unable to bring our message out to a much larger audience because of lack of funds.

    Kindly check out our website and if you feel it offers some substance than please help us in spreading word. You will also find my interview with “The Post” and also couple of my blogs http://urduathome.blogspot.com/

    Respects
    Hassan

  43. Asif says:
    June 21st, 2011 6:20 pm

    One type of cricket i used to play was throwing ball at wall and when its back hittign the ball i use cloth beater (bat) to hit it.

    Since cricket at street and garden was not possible all the time and i was so addict of cricket that i used above form of cricket to entertain my self.

    A slightly varied form as to take a start like fast bowler and throw ball at wall (not underarm just like full fast bowler).

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