Everything There Is To Know About Cricket Field Size

By Measurement Of TeamILast update - Jun 19, 2024I9 Min Read
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Cricket, often dubbed a gentleman's game, is a sport millions adore. And one important part of this game is the size of the cricket field. What are its dimensions? Or how big is a cricket pitch? Let's refresh what we know just before the T20 World Cup 2024 starts!

Common Terms In Cricket

Before we dive into the specifics of cricket field size, let's brush up on some common terms used in the sport. Here, we just mention the terms relevant to the field size.

Cricket Field

The entire area where the game is played comprises of the playing field and boundary line. It includes the pitch, infield, outfield, boundary line and beyond it.


The perimeter of the playing area. Think of it as the edge of the cricket field. The boundary rope will be at least 3 yards distant from the first solid object such as the advertising boards, reporters, camera persons etc.

Cricket Pitch

Right in the middle of the cricket field, there's a rectangular strip area called the cricket pitch. This is where the bowler bowls, and the batsman stands to hit the ball.

While most pitches are covered with grass, some use artificial surfaces. If you're wondering, "How big is a cricket pitch?" we have that covered in the later section, along with its different parts.


The grassy area beyond the pitch and surrounded by the outfield. It is usually an oval marked area. It extends upto 90 ft on both sides of the pitch (along its length) for men's cricket. This inner circle is 75.25 feet for women's cricket.


The grassy area beyond the infield is the outfield. It surrounds the pitch and extends to the boundary line.


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This consists of three vertical sticks called "stumps" and two smaller sticks called "bails" resting on them. They are positioned at each end of the pitch. It is the target for the bowler to hit and for the batsman to protect. The stumps are a little over 2 feet tall, 28 inches to be exact. Here are a few 2 feet long objects.

The distance between wickets in cricket is 22 yards (or 20.12 meters).

There are two other definitions when you ask, "What is a cricket wicket."

  • The wicket is another name for the area used for batting and bowling. 
  • Taking a wicket is another term used when a batsman is removed from the game.

Major Tournaments

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Major tournaments in international cricket, such as the ODI World Cup, T20 World Cup, and ICC World Test Championship, are hosted in different venues.

The ODI World Cup, held every four years, demands cricket grounds that can accommodate the intensity of one-day cricket. Similarly, the T20 World Cup, held every two years, stadiums are arranged to suit the quick action of T20 cricket.

Additionally, the ICC World Test Championship final takes place every two years. This has a league format where the matches are played on different grounds of different countries over the two years. The final match is considered an ICC event whereas the other match rights lie with the hosting country.

Standard Cricket Field Size

While the shape of cricket grounds is usually circular or oval, they don't have a fixed size. It can vary, mostly based on factors like international standards, gender, and age groups. There are standard sizes set by MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club).

The standard sizes of cricket fields follow the rules and laws of cricket by MCC. On average, the field's diameter or length of cricket ground is usually between 330 to 540 feet (about 300 to 495 meters).

However, for international matches, the ICC (International Cricket Council) has set rules about how big the field should be.

According to the ICC-Playing-Handbook-2019-2020:

  • No boundary in International cricket, which is the edge of the field, should be longer than 90 yards (82.30 meters) for men or 65 yards (59.44 meters) for women from the pitch's center.
  • And it shouldn't be shorter than 65 yards (59.44 meters) from the pitch's center (where the bowler bowls the ball) for men. For women's international cricket it is 55 yards (50.29 meters).

Size Of Cricket Ground For Men

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The cricket ground is slightly larger for men's cricket. The field's diameter, which is the distance across it, is usually between 450 and 500 feet (137.16-152.4 meters). This means that the length of a cricket ground for men's matches ranges between 150 and 165 yards.

As per the ICC rules, the size should fall between 130 to 180 yards. The standard field length for international cricket should be between 390 to 540 feet (118.87 - 164.59 meters).

Cricket Field Size For Women

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For women's cricket, the length of a cricket ground is a bit smaller. It ranges from 330 feet (110 yards) to 390 feet (130 yards). So the cricket field size for international women's cricket in meters is to meters 100.58-164.59 meters.

In other way, the boundary should be between 55 and 65 yards (50.29 and 58.44 meters) from the center of the pitch.

Boundary Size For Different Age Groups

As players grow and develop their skills, the dimensions of the playing area may vary. With that said, younger players typically play on smaller fields with shorter boundaries.

Table For Different Boundary Size Based On Age Groups

Age groupBoundary Size (in yards)Boundary size (in meters)
Under 1960 - 7054.86 - 64.01
Under 1760 - 7054.86 - 64.01
Under 1555 - 6050.29 - 54.86
Under 1350 - 5545.72 - 50.29
Under 1145 - 5041.15 - 45.72

Cricket Pitch Measurements

As we've mentioned, the cricket pitch is the rectangular area right in the middle of the cricket ground. Now it's time for cricket pitch lengths. So, how long is the cricket pitch?

The pitch of cricket is a rectangular strip of clay with short grass. It would be 22 yards in length and 3.34 yards in width. If you're measuring cricket pitch length in yards. If you are measuring in meters then, 20.12 meters and 3.05 meters in width.

So the cricket pitch length in feet is 66 ft and its width is 10 feet. Here are some common 10 feet references for easy correlation in real life.

The dimensions of the non-turf pitch of cricket, used in both professional and amateur games, differ. These pitches are shorter, measuring 17.68 meters in length and 1.83 meters in width. So this is a little over 19 yards long and about 2 yards wide.

If you want to know more about the cricket pitch other than its length and width, read this article on the subject matter.

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When we talk about the cricket pitch, we can't forget about the cricket ball. It interacts closely with the pitch during the game.

When bowled, it bounces off the pitch, which can affect its trajectory and speed. The pitch condition also influences how the ball behaves, with factors like grass, cracks, and moisture playing a role.

Made of cork, twine, and leather, cricket balls are usually 22 centimeters around.

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Cricket Ground Markings

Markings on the cricket ground are very important in ensuring fair play. These lines and symbols also help in guiding the umpires in making decisions during the game.

One of the fundamental markings on the cricket ground are the creases. Three types of creases include the popping crease, the return crease, and the bowling crease.

Bowling Crease

This horizontal line on each end delineate the cricket pitch. It is 2.64 meters (8.66 feet) long. The stumps are placed at the center of this line. The distance between the two bowling crease is equal to the pitch length i.e. 22 yards.

Popping Crease

This is the line that marks the edge of the batsman's safe zone, where they need to be within to avoid being stumped or run out. This is also where the bowler delivers the ball. It's like their starting line, indicating where they need to release the ball for a legal delivery. 

Popping crease is about 3.66 meters or 12 feet in length. It should be 4 feet in front of the bowling crease on both ends of the pitch. Use our meter to feet converter for easy conversions.

Return Crease

These lines  run at right angle to the bowling crease and extend 4 feet from on either side of it. Therefore these have a total length of 8 feet. These vertical lines help umpires determine if a bowler has legally bowled a delivery.

In addition to the creases, there are other markings like boundary lines and circles on the field. They are drawn around creases.

The boundary lines mark the edge of the field, indicating where the ball needs to cross to score 4 runs or 6 runs.


Knowing about cricket field size is a must for everyone who loves the game. Whether the pitch or boundary sizes, larger fields for men or the smaller ones for women, every detail matters.


FAQ1: What is the minimum size of a cricket field?

The minimum size of a cricket field can vary. For international matches, the length to the boundary form the centre of the pitch typically ranges between 110 to 130 yards (100.58 meters to 118.87 meters or 330 ft to 390 ft) for women's cricket and 130 to 180 yards (118.87 meters to 164.59 meters or 390 ft to 540 ft) for men's. So the minimum

FAQ2: Which country has the largest cricket field?

Melbourne Cricket Ground (measuring 86.23 meters square boundary).

FAQ3: Which country has the smallest cricket field?

India's Arun Jaitley Stadium (measuring 56 meters on the square boundary).


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