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Fantasy Cricket is a part of the Fantasy Sports genre. It is an online game where you create a virtual team of real cricket players and score points depending on how your chosen players perform in real life matches. To win a tournament, you must work towards attaining the maximum points and the No. 1 rank on the leader-board. Like any other fantasy sport, the main purpose is to give the users a simulated experience of the game. There are many variations to the game.
One of the new variation is real-time fantasy, where instead of picking a team before a match starts, you make predictions on how many runs will be scored in the next over or how many runs a batsman scores etc. and give points for correct predictions. Matchup Cricket (Android link) is a great example of Real-time Fantasy Cricket games.
Fantasy sports gaming is considered to be a game of skill and is not related to sports betting or gambling in any manner since no user picks one team, but rather users / sports fans need to use their skill and sports knowledge to determine which athletes / players to choose to build the highest scoring team. So on fantasy games sites, users are NOT betting or gambling on any outcome of any match, an action that requires no skill. Instead users are choosing players that represent the user's own sports team, and competing against the teams of other sports fans to determine who has the highest skill and knowledge about which players will score the most points in a game.
Every cricket enthusiast looks for various ways and means to be connected with the game. Fantasy Cricket provides users an interactive medium to connect with their favourite sport. The game usually appeals to people who are avid cricket fans. Since the game requires sound knowledge of which cricketers are in form and knowledge of how they will perform in match conditions. Basically you are given the experience of an actual Cricket team selector with you having to choose your team from the best players on offer.
A Fantasy Match is based on batting and bowling orders which are the most debated part of cricketing strategy. A little change in the order can change the course of the game. The concept involves selecting a team of 11 players and 3 substitutes from the pool of players who will play the match. There are no budget caps and player selection is not limited to a particular number of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders. A fantasy team can have any type of players. There is no budget cap so all the big names can be chosen, too. The main aim in a Fantasy Cricket Match is to out-score the opposition by as big margin as possible. Fantasy cricket matches can be played in all 3 international forms: ODIs, Twenty20 and Test Cricket. The limited over matches, namely ODIs and T20s, are played in 2 interesting formats- Daily Game and Round Game.
Fantasy Cricket in India
Fantasy Cricket is at the hub of three dynamic industry spokes, namely, Internet, Gaming and Cricket. In India, where cricket is almost the only sport enjoyed by its population of over 1 billion people and with industry projections putting Internet penetration at an encouraging $300mn and online gaming at $200mn by 2010, Fantasy Cricket in the country has great potential.
Sites that cater to the daily fantasy cricket user are popping up regularly. These sites allow users to play head to head or in a league to win cash and other prizes.
According to law, it is completely legal to play fantasy cricket in India and it is not classified as a gambling activity
Fantasy Cricket Leagues
A fantasy cricket league is a group which you can join and invite friends too. Each one can register individual teams and then compete against each other to see who wins the maximum fantasy cricket points and thereby the league. These leagues are very popular during major T20 events such as IPL and T20 World Cup. A fantasy cricket league can be further classified as a private league or public league.
Private Fantasy Cricket League
A private league is a league which a user/administrator creates and invites his friends or associates to participate in. Entry is strictly restricted to invitation only. People can join a league, create a team and follow the progress of their team and teams created by friends.
Public Fantasy Cricket League
A public league is a league generally created by an administrator of the website for a particular tournament and anyone is free to join by paying an initial fee. The fee is only applicable for a paid league. For a free league, there is no initial payment needed. Such kind of free leagues are very popular during big ticket international cricket events such as ODI World cup, ICC T20 world cup and other high profile series such as the Ashes