Blind cricket is a modified version of cricket which is designed to be played by blind and partially sighted athletes. The sport was invented in Australia in 1922. Today blind cricket is played in all cricket playing countries.
Major differences from regular cricket in terms of the equipment used are the ball and the stumps. The ball used is significantly larger than the regular cricket ball and is filled with ball bearings that provide audible cues about the whereabouts of the ball to visually challenged players. The stumps used are also much larger than regular cricket stumps.
There are some major modifications to bowling and ways in which players get out. There are also some minor differences in rules between totally blind and partially sighted people. While bowling, the bowler should shout out "Play" before delivering each ball, and the ball has to bounce at least twice for a totally blind batsman and at least once for a partially sighted batsman.
In terms of players getting out, a totally blind player cannot get out by stumping, will be declared as out only if they get LBW twice, and will be declared out if a totally blind player catches the ball on one bounce.
A world cup for ODI and a world cup for the T20 format are the two major competitions conducted for the sport.
- Cricket — a team sport played on a rectangular pitch in the middle of a large grass oval, two batters protect their wicket while the fielding team try to get them out.
- Torball — a team sport for the visually impaired with an inflated ball with bells inside. The aim is to throw the ball through the opponent's goal line.
- Goalball — a Paralympic sport for blind athletes using a ball with bells.