Lighting Design of Cricket Field

Cricket, also known as cricket, is a “gentleman’s game” that advocates sportsmanship and “fair play”. Cricket originated in the UK and is popular in Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and other countries. CIE defines cricket as a Class C sport because of its breakneck speed. The ball can reach a speed of 160 km/h, so special attention needs to be paid to the lighting quality of the goal. Sufficient vertical illumination should be provided to see the ball in the air. Since the game is played in both directions, the lighting solution should be symmetrical, and to prevent the batsman or bowler from looking directly at the light source, an unlit area should be set behind the goal. As with all other sports that need to be broadcast on television, illumination should be provided in the direction of the camera.

Lighting for cricket is similar to that for baseball, except that, whereas baseball only reaches the batsman from one direction, cricket is pitched alternately from both ends of the field. Cricket is a team sport played on an oval or circular field of grass that is approximately 90 to 150 meters (295 to 492 feet) wide. There is a drawn boundary line in the center of the field that separates the infield from the outfield. Since most of the action of the sport takes place in the infield area, the lighting in this area is higher on average.

Cricket pitches need to provide adequate lighting levels to ensure that players and umpires can clearly see the ball and the field. The pitch should be divided into the following areas to provide a practical lighting solution: Wicket area; Inner field; Outfield and boundary. According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), the average illumination of a cricket pitch should reach 500 lux (lx), while the illumination of key areas such as the pitching area, batting area, and boundary line should reach 1000 lux. The following figure is the illumination level standard recommended by IES for your reference.

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