Cricket Equipment & Facilities
- The cricket field is a large oval-shaped grassy ground of varying size. There is no standard measurement, though its diameter is usually between 450 feet (137 m) and 500 feet (150 m).
- The cricket pitch is 22 yards (20.12 m) long and 10 feet (3 m) wide, stretching between two sets of cricket stumps which are 28 inches (71 cm) high and 9 inches (about 23 cm) wide.
- The popping crease is 4 ft (1.22 m) in front of the bowling crease.
- Red Balls - Test match cricket is played with a red ball, achieved in the manufacture process by dying the leather in a paraffin wax.
- White Balls - White balls are used in one-day and 20-20 cricket matches. The white is 'painted' onto the balls, and therefore the ball has different properties than the traditional red balls. The white balls are much more visible than the traditional red-dyed ball against the backdrop of players' colored clothing, however they are tend to discolor and deteriorate more quickly.
- Pink Balls! The ICC is trialing the use of pink balls for the possible use in day/night Test matches. Bangladesh and England were set to appear in the first-ever day-night Test during a series in England in May-June 2010, but this may be delayed there are reservations about the ball and teams have not been keen to test out the newly developed pink ball. The main concerns with the pink ball include whether the ball retains its color or needs to be changed more frequently due to discoloration or wear and tear, and to what extent batting, bowling and fielding conditions vary with a different ball. In the early 1990's, an orange ball was experimented with, but apparently that did not work out well.