Custodians of the sport Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) have released the first ever Laws of Cricket app. If you want to know your cover point from your silly mid-off, here’s where it’s at.
It had to happen – from my perspective anyway – because listening to BBC’s Test Match Special and trying to imagine the field placings, or decipher some of the more arcane rules, without it is impossible. Well, not impossible, but this app does clear it up for armchair cricketers.
The MCC’s free app offers explanations of each law, images and animations, plus a quiz to test your knowledge. As the guardian of the laws and ‘spirit’ of cricket (a sense of fair play and conduct that pervades the game and is tested by feisty individuals), the MCC ensures its laws are updated regularly.
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All 42 laws are fully explained in eight sections, covering everything from how to set up a game to all the different ways to be dismissed. Stephen Fry voices 15 law animations in the app, including ‘Damaging the Pitch’ and ‘Obstructing the Field’.
There’s even a section covering the meanings of umpire signals for players, officials and fans alike. Finally, the quiz section has beginner, intermediate and advanced levels so you can become a cricket expert and share your scores via social media.
MCC Embraces Digital
Derek Brewer, MCC Chief Executive, described the app’s development as an example of the club’s commitment to investing in digital and to remain ahead of the curve in cricket. “As Guardians of the laws and spirit of cricket, it is vital that MCC embraces the new audiences that the sport has gained in recent years and makes the Laws of the game even more accessible.
“This app is the perfect introduction to the game for a new supporter,” he said. “There is also plenty within it that will appeal to players of all ages, officials, coaches and more traditional cricket supporters who want to brush up on their knowledge.”