The first recorded betting activity on cricket was in the 1600s when the wealthy elite would organise matches just so that they could bet on the outcome.
Sports betting has however come a long way since then and thanks to continued advancements in sports betting technology, there are plenty of cricket bets to choose from.
Here’s your guide to the most popular.
1. Match Betting
This is the simplest of all cricket wagers, making it perfect for beginners. Match betting involves placing a wager on which team you predict will be the winner of a specific match.
For example, if Australia is playing England in a one day international match, you would place a bet on which team you think will be victorious.
2. Series Winner Betting
A series of matches between two teams is a common component of cricket and an example of this is the Ashes series when 5 test matches are played between Australia and England.
A series bet will be a wager placed on which of the two teams will win the Ashes series.
3. Outright Winner Betting
Much like series winner betting, outright winner betting in cricket is a wager placed on any team participating in a major tournament, such as the ICC World Cup or the Indian Premier League, to win the tournament outright.
Outrights, or futures, are difficult to predict correctly owing to the large number of teams to choose from, but can be highly rewarding if successful. If this sounds too challenging, you could always just enjoy bingo Canada instead!
4. Tied Match Betting
Commonly offered during test matches as this form of cricket is the one most likely to end in a tie, tied match betting is a wager placed on whether you believe the match will end in a draw or not.
5. Proposition Betting
Proposition or prop betting in cricket are wagers placed on in-game events which may or may not affect the final outcome.
Examples include the total runs scored in a match, the total number of sixes scored in a match, and which team will win the toss at the start of the match.
6. Top Batsman Betting
Commonly placed on an innings, a single match, or even an entire series, a top batsman bet is a wager placed on which batsman will score the most runs.
The odds reflect the difficulty of correctly predicting a top batsman wager, but wagers of this type are therefore that much more rewarding.
7. Top Bowler Betting
Much like a top batsman wager, a top bowler bet is a wager placed on which player will take the most wickets during the course of an innings, a single match, or an entire series.
8. Batsman Contest Betting
Batsman contest betting involves pitting two batsmen against each other – either one from each team or two from the same team – in a contest where it must be correctly predicted which of the two batsmen will be victorious in a specific category.
Common categories are the most runs scored and the most sixes struck.