Heavy tennis ball cricket is a popular form of the sport played primarily in the streets, parks, and recreational areas. It is an informal and amateur version of cricket that is often played by enthusiasts who may not have access to proper cricket equipment, such as a hard leather ball and protective gear.
The term "heavy tennis ball" refers to a specific type of tennis ball that is heavier than a standard tennis ball and is often used in this informal version of cricket. The heavy tennis ball allows players to replicate some aspects of hard-ball cricket, such as bounce and swing, while still being relatively safe to play without full protective gear.
In heavy tennis ball cricket, the rules are generally adapted to the available space and resources. Often, the game is played in smaller areas, and the number of players on each team may vary. The pitch may be shorter than a standard cricket pitch, and the boundaries are typically much closer.
This form of cricket is popular among amateurs and young players, and it serves as a stepping stone for many who eventually transition to playing with a hard cricket ball in more formal settings.