London: Cage cricket, a new form of cricket aimed at youngsters, has been launched in England by former captain Ian Botham.
Played in a “cage” with coloured zones for scoring and positioning each game takes 30 overs to complete with just six players involved.
Cage cricket is the brainchild of former Hampshire cricketer Lawrence Prittipaul, and is the result of four years of trial and development.
“It is a fresh new approach to the game and something that is fun, exciting and competitive,” a newspaper quoted Botham, as saying.
“If a lad can go from beach cricket to playing for the West Indies, then why can’t we have a vehicle that does the same in our urban areas? I think cage cricket is it,” he added.
According to Cage cricket’s official website, it is a “unique combination of social enterprise and sporting entertainment, designed to create much needed participation opportunities for young people and adults, as well as presenting our national summer sport in a new and exciting format.”