Tape Ball Cricket Association of India

We Play For Pleasure, We Play With Passion!!

Fast Growing Fun-packed Sport


Our Vision

TBCAI aims to foster and promote the spirit of Tape ball cricket across the nation, providing a platform for everyone. Our vision is to create a thriving community where players of all backgrounds can come together, celebrate their love for the sport, and showcase their skills in a competitive and inclusive environment. We strive to elevate the popularity and recognition of Tape ball cricket in India, emphasizing its unique blend of excitement, camaraderie, and grassroots participation. Through our efforts, we envision tape ball cricket becoming a recognized and cherished part of the Indian sporting landscape, inspiring and empowering individuals to embrace the joy and values of the game.

Our Managing Committee

Dr. Anthony Fernandes (Chairman)
Mr. Rajan Deorukhakar (Vice Chairman)
Dr. Alwin Roland Timothy (Vice Chairman)
Mr. Arvin Quadros (General Secretary)
Dr. Rekha Gour (Secretary)
Mr. Sanjay Kumar (Organising Secretary)
Mr. Uday Sawant (Treasurer)
Mrs. Anita Singh (Accountant)
Mr. Prasad Raorane (Planning Director)
Mr. Sandeep Sakhale (Technical Director)
Mr. Shanawaz Khan (PRO)

“Our aim is to support all members of the society and give an equal opportunity to all tape ball enthusiasts, regardless of their gender, age, caste or color. We believe that India’s strength not only lies in its economy and military, but also in the health and vitality of its people. We encourage all sports and are avid supporters of ‘Khelo India’ movement. Jai Hind!.”

Dr. Anthony Fernandes – President – TBCAI

History of Tape Ball Cricket

The practice of modifying tennis balls using electrical tape originated in Karachi street cricket during the 1960s, gaining popularity in neighborhoods such as Nazimabad and the Federal B. Area. This innovation was an improvement upon previous unsuccessful attempts by local bowlers, who would wet shaved tennis balls to increase their weight and skidding potential after bouncing. The introduction of tape ball cricket aimed to include individuals who lacked access to proper pitches and protective equipment while also addressing the challenges posed by skilled bowlers extracting significant spin from tennis balls.

Notably, former first-class cricketer Nadeem Moosa played a key role in developing tape ball techniques, using a unique grip by squeezing the ball between his middle finger and thumb before releasing it. However, the glossy surface of a tape ball made it difficult to maintain this unorthodox, carrom-like grip, favoring bowlers who focused on speed rather than spin. This new style of play instilled determination and resilience in emerging batsmen like Javed Miandad, who was involved in the early tape ball scene in Gazdarabad, enabling them to face even the fastest bowlers.

During the 1980s, organized tape ball cricket circuits began to emerge across Pakistan, featuring competitive games with several hundred spectators and formal rules. Tournaments such as the ‘K2 Brother Cricket Tournament’ specified the number of players, overs per side, and the use of high-quality tape from the Japanese manufacturer Netto. Hitting the ball into a house was deemed an immediate dismissal in this tournament.

The tape ball trend expanded to affluent areas such as Defence and Clifton during this period, attracting players from lower and upper classes alike. Professional tape ball players emerged, highly skilled cricketers who were hired to play for different teams in exchange for modest payments. Notably, Wasim Akram started his career as a professional tape ball player in Lahore in 1983, a year before making his test match debut.

By the early 1990s, tape ball cricket had gained popularity in nearly every city, with many of Pakistan’s national cricket team members having grown up playing the sport. The 1992 World Cup victory further fueled interest in the game, particularly among a new generation of fans who were inspired by their country’s achievement. Participating in amateur tape ball tournaments brought non-pecuniary rewards, including community respect and personal pride. Successful players were celebrated with garlands, gunfire salutes, and parades to the grounds on horseback.

Tape ball games became entrenched in Pakistan’s sporting culture, spreading to slums, mountains, and even battlefields, becoming a widespread phenomenon by the end of the 20th century. Ramzan tape ball cricket tournaments became annual celebrations held during the holy month of Ramadan. These informal tournaments, lasting from 5 to 25 overs, were often played late into the evenings, providing a brief period of recreation before daily fasting and morning prayers commenced. In 1999, Tariq Ali noted that “the gulli-danda days are over,” referring to a previously ubiquitous sport, highlighting the enduring popularity of tape ball cricket.

Why Join TBCAI?


TBCAI members are a passionate and dedicated group of people from varied backgrounds and experiences. We bring specific skills and knowledge together.


We are a professionally-run and registered organisation. All our information and details are publicaly accessible.


TBCAI provides full support to all its members, teams and participants. We are also supported by various organizations and agencies.

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