A Brief History of Cricket –
When was Cricket First Played?
- Cricket had started as a child’s game! This game’s origins can be traced to the 16th century. Cricket was first played in the sheep grazing lands of South East England.
A stick and a ball of sheep’s wool were the first play equipment in cricket.
- In 1611, two men had played cricket instead of attending church on Sunday morning and were impeached for that!
- The word cricket came from the Old English word “cryce” meaning crutch, and Middle Dutch work “rick” meaning stick.
- In 1788, the first official laws of cricket were written, and terms like middle stump and lbw were coined. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) was the first cricket team, and they played on the Lord’s field in England. In 1793, the first recorded game of cricket was played at the Lord’s ground.
- International games, or professional cricket matches, played by one country against another country; have been happening since 1844. Cricket was introduced to North America by the English colonies. The British India Company’s invasion over India had brought cricket to India and its neighboring countries.
- In 1853, the cricket bat was made using a cane handle covered with layers of rubber, and the main bat was made of willow wood. The bat was bent like a hockey stick initially, but was made straight later, to adapt to the way the ball is pitched.
Cricket World Cup
- In 1909, the International Cricket Association (ICC) was formed, with its members being South Africa, England and Australia. Later India, West Indies and other countries were added. The first World Cup was played in 1975.
- In 1971, the first limited overs or one day cricket match was played in Melbourne, Australia.
- A cricket match can end in a draw even after being played for 5 straight days! There is no fixed shape of a cricket ground but the pitch is always 22 yards.
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