The special kind of game played at the Cricket on Ice tournament demands quite a lot from the players. Fast reactions, both physical and mental, are required for each match, which lasts approximately 3 hours. Exciting shots, fast-bowled cricket balls which fly as quick as arrows and spectacular leaps in order to catch the ball , combined with an almost acrobatic use of the bat... This is Cricket on Ice!
On Lake St. Moritz, the game is slightly different. The ball is made of hard rubber, because traditional leather would easily get wet, heavy and unpredictable in the snow. Also the ball travels further in the air because of the altitude.
The pitch is made of artificial grass. Under the weathered hard and soft snow, the ice cracks! In summer, players tread the meticulously prepared grass with an eerie silence. Every step makes crunching sounds on Lake St. Moritz. Whether the players score their runs enthusiastically or with nonchalance, their performance can't be overheard accoustically.