The Game

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a field, at the center of which is a rectangular 22 yard long pitch.

One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the runs scored by the batting team. A run is scored by the striking batsman hitting the ball with his bat, running to the opposite end of the pitch and touching the crease there without being dismissed. The teams switch between batting and fielding at the end of an innings. Read more...

 

History

The game itself is quite old. It has been traced in histroy with different names as a creckett, krick, criquet.

The game underwent major development in the 18th century and became the national sport of England. Betting played a major part in that development with rich patrons forming their own "select XIs". Cricket was prominent in London as early as 1707 and large crowds flocked to matches on the Artillery Ground in Finsbury. The single wicket form of the sport attracted huge crowds and wagers to match. Read more...


Modern Game

19th century saw some major changes in the game, new rules were devised and the game now was played in a number of coutries.

Due to british colonial impact the game was spread across colonies. The 19th century saw underarm bowling replaced by first roundarm and then overarm bowling. Both developments were controversial. Organisation of the game at county level led to the creation of the county clubs, starting with Sussex CCC in 1839, which ultimately formed the official County Championship in 1890. Meanwhile, the British Empire Read more... 

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