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By: Aaron Jones
We’ve all played cricket in different places, during different phases and in these while the cricket bat was given its due, the ball clearly wasn’t. From being made out of waste paper to using tennis balls we’ve done it all. However, in the serious game on the pitch unlike the cricket bat which is altered as per the batsman’s preference the ball is sacrosanct and made as per the guidelines set by International Cricket Council also known as ICC.

So while in galli cricket, the ball is ignored, in the official gentleman’s game the true blue cricket ball does have interesting tales to tell. Here are 3 of its most interesting facts that should grab your attention.

Anatomy: A cricket ball is made of cork which is then covered with tightly wound string, followed by a leather case. The outermost layer is highest quality leather which is cut into 4 pieces. Its seam has 6 stitches i.e. 3 stitches on either side which is rotated by 90 degrees to ensure a uniform shape. Even the weight is set between 5.5 ounces to 5.7 ounces while it’s never an absolute circle as its 224 mm on one side and 229 on the other side. Traditionally, only the red colored ball was used for all games but during the World Series Cricket in 1970, the white ball was introduced to combat the visibility problems of the red ball at night and against colored uniforms. While the basic anatomy is well defined, there is no specification about the brand of ball to be used which is why most countries use different brands like Kookaburra, SG and Duke.

Birthplace: While originally cricket balls were made in Kent in South East England by highly skilled craftsmen, slowly and steadily the gauntlet was passed to other subcontinents like India and Pakistan. Today, over 98% of the cricket balls used in cricket are manufactured in these two countries. Today, there are several different brands which manufacture cricket balls across the world like Kookaburra - an Australian brand which now also manufactures in Jalandhar and Meerut in India and in Pakistan. SG and Duke are two other prominent brands which are hand-made and are preferred by spinners thanks to their more pronounced seam.

Condition: The condition of the ball is closely regulated, so it can be dried, polished or cleaned of mud in a specific fashion but has to be allowed to ‘gradually deteriorate’ during the course of the game. If in case a ball is removed from a game because of tampering or because it’s too beat, the rules state that it has to be replaced with a ball which is in similar conditions though not as damaged. The rules of changing a ball though differ from ODIs to Test Matches and also based on the country here the game is being played.

Author Bio:

Aaron Jones is an all-rounder athlete in training, who takes part in different types of sports to stay fit. He also likes to blog about his different interests during his spare time. He has considerable information about cricket balls and wishes to share interesting facts about it to all those who are interested in the game of cricket.

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