A turf pitch is 20.12m long and 3.05m wide with a minimum of 1.22m behind the stumps to accommodate the return crease and bowler approach area, while the length of the synthetic cricket pitch ranges from 25m to 28m long and 2.4m to 2.8m wide.
While there is no defined shape or size of the cricket pitch, ICC (International Cricket Council) has set a Standard size of the cricket ground to not more than 150 yards.
Cricket Pitch State
A pitch that is more moist than usual or has longer grass naturally is known as a green pitch. This pitch acts in favor of the batsman as they can make the ball behave erratically. This type of pitch is used in clubs and social cricket.
Conditions Of The Cricket Pitch
International Cricket Council (ICC) has issued some guidelines to ensure that the pitch is perfect for the game of cricket.
If the captains from both the sides and the particular umpires find that the pitch is unfit for the game they can make a call to abandon or reschedule a specific cricket match.
The nature of the pitch plays a vital role in the actual game. Also, the behavior and nature of a cricket pitch can be different from one another. Thus ICC has set certain conditions to ensure that a pitch is fit and safe to play.
Elements Of a Cricket Pitch
A cricket pitch is a rectangular area in the middle of a cricket ground that has the following visible elements:-
Crease:- The cricket pitch is marked with white lines which are known as creases.
- Bowling Crease
- Popping Crease
- Return Crease
Wickets:- A wicket in cricket is described as a set of 3 stamps and 2 bails.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Is a Cricket Pitch 22 Yards Long?
The idea behind 22 yards of the cricket pitch was defined in the “Code of 1744”. The motive was to keep the distance between the bowling and the batting crease to 46 inches. And since then this rule is being followed.
Is Cricket Pitch 66 Feet?
The length of the Cricket Pitch is 22 yards (20.12 meters or 66 feet) while the width is 10 feet (3.05 meters). This distance of the cricket pitch is from wicket to wicket on either end of the Pitch.
Why Is The Cricket Pitch, Brown?
The brown surfaces assist slower bowlers more than pacers as these surfaces lack grass and moisture. However, this is insignificant. As the friction between the ground and ball is more the leather ball grips better and turns sharper making spinners a handful for the batsmen.