How To Play Test Matches : Fantasy Cricket Matches ™ the Live Cricket Strategy Game


1. Entering your Team

  1. Select the best 14 players to win the match!
    - You need a playing 11 and 3 substitutes.
    - There are no restrictions on your player selections.

  2. Players are available for selection from each innings in the test match. Example:
    V Kohli 1st Inn - 1st Innings score will count.
    V Kohli 2nd Inn - 2nd Innings score will count.

  3. You can use your own strategy and change the batting & bowling orders of your players.

  4. You can make unlimited changes to your team & orders until the scheduled start of Day 2 of the test match.

  5. * You can win multiple cash prizes in every test match. Free leagues and bonus tournament cash prizes are also offered.

2. How to Win?

  1. A cricket scorecard is created using the orders you assigned. The scorecard will be updated with your players' actual scores & bowling figures from the live match.

    Scorecard example batting order

  2. The 2 Basic rules of test cricket are followed in your in your scorecard, adding logic & strategy to the game::

    1. Your bowling innings ends once your bowlers take 10 wickets .
    After 10 wickets are taken, any runs given by players in your bowling order, will not be added to your bowlings innings total. Assign the best bowling order or use your substitutes to get the lowest total in your bowling innings!.

    2. Your batting innings ends once your declaration score is reached.
    After you declaration score is reached, any balls faced by players in your batting order will not be counted in your batting inning. So your bowlers will have more overs to get 10 wickets!
    ( If you do not set a declaration score , all runs and balls faced by your players will be counted in your batting innings )

  3. Winning your Fantasy Test Match ™ is simple:
    Your bowlers, should take 10 wickets within the overs available, while giving less runs than your batsmen have scored!

  4. Just like real test cricket the following 3 results are possible:

    1. A Win - your bowlers take 10 wickets within the overs available for less runs than your batsmen have scored

    2. A Loss - your bowlers give more runs than your batsmen have scored.

    3. A Draw - your bowlers give less runs than your batsmen have scored but they dont take 10 wickets within the overs available

3. Overs Available & declaring live

  1. The Overs Available for your Fantasy Test Match will be HALF of the actual overs played in the live match .
    example:
    The live match ends with just 200 overs played (because of rain, bad light or an early result), the Overs Available for your Fantasy Test Match will be half of 200 which is 100 overs.

  2. Just like real test cricket, each ball faced by your batsmen will be deducted from the Overs Available, your bowlers will have only the remaining overs to take 10 wickets.

    example: The Overs Available for your Fantasy Test Match is 100 overs. If your batsmen use up 75 overs, then your bowlers will only have the remaining 25 overs to take 10 wickets.

  3. Declaring Live

  4. You can use the Declare Now button in your scorecard to end your batting innings at any point during the match.
    If you have set a declaration score while submitting your team you can still use the Declare Now button to change your declaration score.
    The Declare Now button will use your real time batting innings total as the declaration score.

Using Substitutes

  1. You can use 2 of out your 3 substitutes after the live match is over, to help improve your ranking and win the cash prize. You can use your subs to replace a bowler who has given too many runs or even a batsmen who has batted too slowly.
    view example
  2. Access your scorecard to use your substitutes.
    1. Click on the substitution button in your scorecard to make a substitution. The substitute will replace the bowling & batting order of the player in your playing 11.
    2. Click on the undo button to reverse the substitution. You can try different combinations with both your substitutes to get the highest Net Run Rate possible in your match
    3. Click on the confirm button to finalize your substitution. This action cannot be undone and will effect your rankings.
  3. Only confirmed substitutions will be considered in the rankings, you have until 12:00PM IST ( 06:30AM GMT ) the day after the live match ends to confirm your substitutes.
  4. If your substitute has not played in the live match (DNP), he cannot be used.

Rankings & Prizes

Free League Match Ranking
  1. You can play for free and win cash prizes in every match on cricketinc.com
  2. You are ranked based on your Net Run Rate (NRR) in the match.
    (Net Run Rate = Your Batting runrate - Your Bowling runrate).
    The higher your N.R.R the more users you will beat and the higher your ranking will be!
    You can win the cash even if you lose the match, as long as your N.R.R is higher than other users in the league!
  3. You will be competing against an unlimited number of users in a free league
  4. Free league match results are not included in the tournament rankings
Paid League Match Ranking
  1. You have the option of winning more cash in every match by joining a paid league.
  2. Joining paid leagues allows you to compete for the bonus Tournament cash prizes
  3. You can choose the size of the league and the value of the winning prize which will correspond to an entry fee.
  4. You are ranked based on your Net Run Rate (NRR) in the match.
    (Net Run Rate = Your Batting runrate - Your Bowling runrate).
    The higher your N.R.R the more users you will beat and the higher your ranking will be!
    You can win the cash even if you lose the match, as long as your N.R.R is higher than other users in the league!
  5. Only the user with the best NRR in the league wins the prize, in case of ties the prize is shared equally.
  6. If the league is not full before the match starts, your entry fee will be refunded, no prize will be paid and the result will not be counted in the tournament rankings.
  7. You can join multiple leagues for each match, using the same team or with different players. Only your best result will be counted in the tournament rankings
Tournament Rankings
  1. You will be ranked according to the number of matches you win, followed by net run rate.
    Only your best match results + the must win games* will be considered in the tournament rankings, so don't panic if you lose or have missed a few matches!
    *Finals, Semis, or the last match in a series will be must win games. All users will bowl first in must win games and bat first in all other games. Please visit the Prizes page of the tournament you are playing to find out how much you can win.
  2. Time of entry will be used as a tie-breaker for teams that have won the same number of matches and have the same tournament Net Run Rate
    View Example
  3. Only the best result of each match from FULL paid leagues will be considered in the tournament rankings

Collecting Prizes

  1. Match prizes are added to your account after the substitution deadline at 13:00 IST the day after the live match.
  2. Bonus tournament prizes are added to your account at 13:00 IST the day after the LAST match in the tournament
  3. You can use your winnings to enter more leagues or use the WITHDRAW link to recieve your winnings via Bank Transfer (Indian only) within 48 hours.
  4. We reserve the right to request a scanned copy of valid photo ID to verify your registration details . Prizes will be forfeited if the details on the ID do not match your registered information.
  5. Creating or Accessing more than one team name is strictly prohibited and will result in all associated accounts being blocked, any prizes won will be paid to the next legitimate user in the rankings

FAQ's

  1. What are rounds?
    In multi-team tournaments like the world cup IPL and Big bash you can also enter a team for each round in the tournament. Rounds will use scores from all the teams in the tournament over multiple days, so you can select players from any team for each round.
    Rounds are logically numbered; Round 1, Round 2, Semi-Finals round etc.
    - For the 1st round, player scores from each team's First match will be used
    - For the 2nd round, player scores from each team's Second match will be used
    - For the Semi Finals round, player scores from each team's semi final match will be used
  2. What is the difference between batting first and bowling first in a Fantasy Cricket Match ™?
    It's Just like real cricket
    When Batting First, if the total runs scored by your batsmen is more than the total runs given by your bowlers, you win the fantasy match! Example - Your batsmen score a total of 160 runs, if your bowlers give a total of 140 runs, you win the match by 20 runs!
    When Bowling First, if the total runs scored by your batsmen is 1 run more than the total runs given by your bowlers, you win the fantasy match! Example - Your bowlers concede a total of 120 runs, if your batsmen score 121 runs, you win the match!
  3. What happens when one of my bowlers causes my team to take more than 10 wickets ?
    The bowlers figures will be reduced using his average and economy in the match to make sure your team does not take more than 10 wickets. Remaining bowlers in your bowling order will be ignored.
    View T20 Example
    Pollard's bowling figures have been reduced in the fantasy column to 2 overs for 15 runs taking 2 wickets, because the bowlers above him had already taken 8 wickets so only 2 more wickets were required! His bowling average and economy rate in the live match were used to calulate how many overs he would bowl and runs he would give to take 2 wickets.
  4. What happens when one of my batsmen causes my team to bat more than the allowed overs (20 or 50) ?
    The bastmen's score and balls faced will be reduced using his strike rate in the match to make sure your team does not bat more than the allowed overs. Remaining batsmen in your batting order will be ignored.
    View T20 Example
    Pollard's score has been reduced in the fantasy column becuase only 15 balls were available for him to bat in the Fantasy Cricket Match™ ( 105 balls were used up by the batsmen above him in the batting order), his strike rate from the live match was used to determine how many runs he would score in 15 balls.
  5. What is the difference between batting first and bowling first in a Fantasy Cricket Match™?
    Just as in a real cricket match, when batting first your team will bat till it has used up all the overs or it is all out. When bowling your first, your batsmen must score just 1 more run than your bowlers have given!
  6. What happens if the live match is abandoned or the overs are reduced ?
    A fantasy cricket match is abandoned if the average number of overs bowled by all the live teams is less than 20 for ODIs or 5 for T20s . NO prizes will be offered for abandoned fantasy cricket matches and any match fees will be refunded.
    If rain shortens any of the live games involved in a fantasy cricket match, then the fantasy cricket match is reduced to the average number of allotted overs in the included live matches.
    Consider the following example where the match length is reduced for both teams:
    Fantasy Cricket Match 1- includes the following live games, Aus V Ind ODI and Pak v Eng ODI
    Aus v Ind - Reduced to 20 over game
    Pak v Eng - Reduced to 10 over game
    Fantasy Cricket Match 1 will be reduced to a 15 over game (average overs allotted per innings and rounded up)
    Consider the following example where the D/L method is used in the first live match and the second live match is abandoned due to rain:
    Fantasy Cricket Match 1- includes the following live games, Aus V Ind ODI and Pak v Eng ODI
    Aus v Ind - Aus gets to bat 30 overs and Ind only gets 20 overs
    Pak v Eng - Pak gets to bat 20 overs and Eng gets 0 overs
    Fantasy Cricket Match 1 will be reduced to a 18 over game (average overs allotted per innings and rounded up)

Entering your Team

  1. Select the best 11 players!
  2. You must select 1 keeper, 5 bowlers and 5 batsmen . All rounders can be selected instead of bowlers or batsmen.
  3. You can select a maximum of 7 players from 1 team in the tournament.
  4. Your players will score points for your team based on their real-life performances in the match.

Scoring Points

  1. The scoring system is designed to reward batting and bowling performances equally so you can focus on picking a balanced team with the best players. All key elements of cricket are cosidered including economy rate and strike rate.

    Bowling Points
    +250 pts per wicket
    +2 pts per ball bowled -1pt for each run conceded x overs bowled
    Example
    R Ashwin 4-20-3
    750pts + 112pts = 862 Bowling pts

    Batting Points
    +1 pt per Run x Scoring Rate per OVER
    Example
    Chris Gayle 100 (50)
    100 runs x 12 (scoring rate per over) = 1200 Batting pts

    Fielding Points
    +100 pts for a run out ( only the fielder who dislodges the bails gets the run out)
    +50 pts per stumping
    +25 pts per catch

Rankings & Prizes

Tournaments have upto 4 separate rankings where you can win cash prizes.

  1. Free Match Ranking
  2. League Match Ranking
  3. Tournament Ranking
  4. MVP Ranking
Free Match Ranking & Prizes
  1. You can play for free and win cash prizes in every match on cricketinc.com
  2. You are ranked based on the total points scored by your players in the match! The top ranked users win the cash !
    (Please see the Format & Prize page of the tournament you are playing for exact prize values)
    View Example
  3. Time of entry will be used as a tie-breaker for teams that have the same number of points in a match
  4. You will be competing against an unlimited number of users for the free match prizes
  5. Free game results are not included in the tournament and mvp rankings
League Match Rankings & Prizes
  1. You have the option of winning more cash in every match by joining a league.
  2. Joining a league give you a chance to win 2 Bonus prizes in the Tournament and MVP rankings
  3. You can choose the size of the league and the value of the winning prize which will correspond to an entry fee.
  4. Only the top ranked user in the league wins the prize, incase of ties, the prize is shared equally.
  5. If the league is not full before the match starts, your entry fee will be refunded and no prize will be paid.
  6. You can join multiple leagues for each match, using the same team or with different players.
  7. League prize winners will have their cricketinc accounts credited with thier winnings, within 1hour of the match substitution deadline.
Bonus Tournament Rankings & Prizes
  1. You will be ranked according to the total number of points scored.
    Only your higest scoring matches + the must win games (Finals, Semis, or the last match in a series.) will be considered in the tournament rankings. So don't panic if you have some poor results or have missed a few matches!
    (Please see the Format & Prize page of the tournament you are playing for exact prize values & details)
  2. Time of entry will be used as a tie-breaker for teams that have the same number of points
    View Example
  3. Only the best result of each match from FULL leagues will be considered in the tournament rankings
Bonus MVP Rankings & Prizes
  1. You will be ranked according to the total number of points scored.
    All matches in the tournament will be considered in the MVP Rankings.
    (Please see the Format & Prize page of the tournament you are playing for exact prize values & details)
  2. Time of entry will be used as a tie-breaker for teams that have the same number of points
    View Example
  3. Only the best result of each match from FULL leagues will be considered in the MVP rankings

Collecting Prizes

  1. Match prizes are added to your account within 1 hour after the match ends.
  2. Bonus tournament and MVP prizes are added to your account whithin 1 hour after the LAST match in the tournament ends.
  3. You can use your winnings to enter more leagues or use the COLLECT link to recieve your winnings via Bank Transfer (Indian only) within 48 hours.
  4. We reserve the right to request a scanned copy of valid photo ID to verify your registration details . Prizes will be forfeited if the details on the ID do not match your registered information.
  5. Creating or Accessing more than one team name is strictly prohibited and will result in all associated accounts being blocked, any prizes won will be paid to the next legitimate user in the rankings.