Cricket balls are made in 10 steps to ensure their quality and performance on the field.
1: Selecting the Leather High-quality leather is chosen for the cricket ball, typically sourced from cows. The leather should be durable and have the right thickness.
Cutting the Leather The leather is cut into specific shapes using a die cutter. The size and shape depend on the type of ball being made, whether it's a red or white ball, and its intended use (Test match, limited-overs, etc.).
Stitching Two pieces of leather are stitched together using a waxed thread. Skilled craftsmen stitch the leather, ensuring a strong and tight seam.
4: Adding the Core A cork and rubber core is placed inside the stitched leather. The core provides the weight and bounce to the ball.
5: Binding A layer of tightly bound twine is wrapped around the stitched leather and core. This binding adds strength and stability to the ball.
6: Applying the Layer A layer of dyed leather is added on top of the binding. This layer improves the ball's appearance and helps it retain its shape during play.
7: Polishing The ball is polished with a high-grade wax to enhance its shine and reduce friction when in contact with the cricket pitch.
8: Adding the Seams Seams are added to the ball by stitching the leather along the circumference. The shape and size of the seam can affect the ball's movement in the air.
9: Testing Quality control experts test the ball to ensure it meets the required weight, size, and shape standards. The ball's bounce and hardness are also checked.
10: Packaging Once the ball passes all the tests, it is packaged and prepared for distribution. The packaging may include branding, labels, and information about the ball's specifications.
By following these 10 steps, cricket ball manufacturers produce high-quality balls that are used in matches worldwide.