Monday, August 16, 2010

Asian-style soft ball cricket for English schoolkids

If we want English schoolboys to both enjoy cricket and display flair, they should be playing with a soft ball. In other words, English school-kids should be allowed to play like Asians.

Instead of a traditional leather and cork ball, many Asians are brought-up on 'tape ball' cricket - perhaps using a tennis ball wrapped in gaffer tape. This encourages attacking, wristy batsmanship and unorthodox spin and swing.

Of course, there are plenty of good soft cricket balls commercially available with a raised seam, without English schoolboys needing to resort to a tape ball.

The hard ball means danger of injury, hand-jarring and help from the pitch. A softer ball means less fear, more scope for risk-taking, and bowlers who need to try something special.

So, let the ECB recommend *not* to use a hard ball in under 16 cricket, and encourage creativity and adventure from English schoolboys (and, with a soft ball and reduced chance of trauma, maybe more girls too).


Blogger AndrewB62 said...

I do agree - I work with the coaches at my local cricket club, and the hard ball is always a challenge for the youngsters. We use soft ball games to get them used to hitting and catching.

But away from the direct influence of organised cricket clubs, tape ball cricket is being introduced, exactly as you suggest.

See, for example the Cricket4Change initiative:

The Essex County Cricket Board are running Street20 sessions:

As is Sussex County Cricket Club, through their Junior Sharks set-up:

9:04 AM  
Blogger sanam arzoo said...

I do agree - I work with the coaches at my native cricket ball, and also the laborious ball is often a challenge for the kids. we tend to use soft ball games to urge them wont to touching and catching.

10:41 PM  

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