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A Brief History of Cricket

The adult game of cricket has a known history dating back to the 16th century with records of people being arrested for playing cricket on a Sunday instead of going to Church. Well before that time the game was a popular children’s sport as a simple bat and ball game without wickets. Village cricket became a very popular team sport in the 17th century and a significant sport for gamblers who staked such large amounts of money on matches that after the Reformation in 1660, the ‘Cavalier’ parliament passed an act limiting bets to £100 (equivalent to around £14,200 in the present day). By the end of the 17th century news about high profile cricket matches was reported in the daily newspapers following the ‘freedom of the press’ act giving the latest team developments and predictions to punters interested in form and results just as they are today.

 

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How Cricket Became Organized

Informal English County cricket teams were formed towards the end of the 17th century by wealthy aristocrats who enjoyed betting on cricket and wanted to improve the quality of the game. They became patrons of county teams, investing money in the sport and employing experts from village teams to advise and form the county teams who played against each other providing great entertainment and excellent gambling opportunities. Organized County Cricket clubs were only established in the 19th century with the Sussex cricket club established in 1939 and many more following soon after. Legislation was passed about overarm bowling and the rules of the game were formalized. The 4 ball over became a 5 ball over in 1889 and after experimentation with 7 and 8 ball overs it was decided that the 6 ball over should be adopted in the laws of cricket.

 

Cricket Exported all over the Commonwealth

The game became popular in North America in the 17th century as people who migrated from England to establish the colonies took the knowledge of the game with them. It was played in North America before the game became known in the North of England as it was very much a ‘home counties’ sport played mainly in London, Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire with several clubs in each county. The most famous cricket club was and continues to be the ‘Lord’s Cricket Ground’ opened in 1787 in St John’s Wood in London. The game was taken by the colonists to Australia, India and South Africa making it a popular sport around the British Empire and giving rise to International Cricket.

National championships were soon established in several countries with the first official County Championships set up in 1890 in England, the Ranji Trophy in India, the Currie Cup in South Africa and the Plunkett Shield in New Zealand.

The 20th century was the centenary that saw the establishment of Test Cricket with England, Australia and South Africa the initial members of the Imperial Cricket Conference set up in 1909. Before the start of the 2nd World War New Zealand, the West Indies and India were declared ‘Test’ nations with Pakistan joining the ranks of the countries with the ‘highest level of standard’ in the game after the war ended. Zimbabwe, Sri-Lanka and Bangladesh were admitted towards the end of the 20th century and the game remains a unifying force on the Indian subcontinent despite the political difficulties.

 

The Arrival of One Day Matches

The 1960’s saw England introduce the ‘Limited Overs’ cricket matches which were specifically designed to shorten the duration of each match and attract people to the game who had limited leisure time. The match could finish in one day instead of dragging on for several days making it a game exclusively for people who were retired or had no working commitments. The first ‘Cricket World Cup’ with all test nations taking part was organized with great success by the International Cricket Council in 1975 and the sport has evolved very rapidly since then.

Technological developments which allowed cameras to be placed between the stumps and in various positions on the field made TV coverage possible backed up by graphical analysis and in depth statistics explaining to viewers why the umpires were taking decisions which had seemed bizarre up to that time. Cricket could now be explained to people who had no knowledge of the game and many new enthusiasts often of the younger generation took time to watch live and from home.

 

Today’s Top Rankings

The ICC introduced the ‘Test Championship table’ in 2001 and the ‘One-day International Championship table’ in 2002 ranking the test countries according to the performance of their teams. In 2015, Australia are at the top of the One day International rankings, South Africa hold the top position for the Test Cricket Ranking s and Sri-Lanka is in first position in the T20s rankings.