With an idea to promote sports, especially cricket, among those who are unable to play the game due to their daily busy schedule, Decathlon, a sporting goods retailer, is organising FLX Box Cricket for the first time in its premises at Azara here on January 4.
Organized by Sportscraft Management, supported by VibesMojo and Amul, the five-a-side event saw participation of overall six teams coming from across the state.
In a single game, two batsmen, one bowler and four fielders take the space, including two umpires. However, the main difference lies in the rules, which even allow a batsman to score even 12 runs in one go. There are also some designated spaces where a batsman can earn runs in the small enclosure. The match is a five-over game making it a very fast-paced game.
Speaking to VibesMojo, co-founder of Sportscraft Management, Kaustav Chakraborti, said, “This is the first time we are organising Box Cricket, which is a very new and unique concept. The game is played by five players in five overs. It is more like a shorter version of T20,” he added.
Participants from various places of Assam came to Decathlon to take part in the tournament, which has prize money of Rs 10,000 for winners and Rs 5,000 for the first runner’s up.
“This is my first experience in playing Box-Cricket. The rules and regulations are different and I liked playing it. We planned to take singles and twos and then we have to hit sixes,” said Soumit, a participant for Box Cricket. He added, “Here you don’t have to hit big, you just strike good and your timing must be good to score ones and twos.”
A total of six teams participated in the event among which Tru CC lifted the champions trophy against Skydivers CC. On top of that Rishi Das of Tru CC clinched the best bowler award.
Debashish, a participant, said that it was a strategy game and their strategy was to hit more runs. “It is a very good initiative by Decathlon and Sportscraft Management and hopefully, this event will grow in the near future,” he added.