A circular cricket field is considered as the perfect field but generally a cricket pitch is slightly oval. Its diameter varies between 137m and 150m. The ICC Test Match Standard Playing Conditions (October 2014) Law 19.1 defines the playing area as a minimum of 137.16m from boundary to boundary square of the pitch, with the shorter of the two square boundaries a minimum of 59.43m. The straight boundary at both ends of the pitch is a minimum of 64m. Distances are measured from the centre of the pitch.

Boundaries are not to exceed 82.29m from the centre of the pitch. 

Boundary markings

All boundaries are marked by a rope or similar object as per the ICC rules. The rope has a required minimum distance of 2.74m inside the perimeter fencing or advertising signs. For grounds with a large playing area, the maximum length of boundary should be used before applying the minimum 3 yards (2.74m) between the boundary and the fence.

When marking a cricket playing field, buffer distances between cricket ground boundaries in relation to other park infrastructure including car parks, roadways, neighbouring properties and playgrounds need to be considered. Buffer distances of between 20m to 40m from boundaries are preferable to reduce risk of damage to park users and property.

Infield, outfield and close-infield

The infield, outfield and the close‑­infield are used to enforce field restrictions and/or safety zones for some game formats and age groups.

Two semi‑­circles with a radius of 27.43m are drawn in the field of play. The centre of these circles is the middle stump at either end of the pitch. The circles are marked by continuous painted white lines or dots at 4.57m intervals, each dot to covered by a white plastic or rubber disc measuring 18cm in diameter.

Two inner circles with a radius of 13.72m are also drawn on the field of play. The centre of the circles is the centre point of the popping crease at either end of the pitch. These areas are also marked with dots.



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