Cricket is a rising sport in Europe, with matches from new, tiny leagues being televised live across the world. Cricket is not a traditional sport in much of Europe, but it is gaining popularity because to a mix of committed organizers and immigrants from the Indian subcontinent, where the sport is most popular.
In 2015, an Indian restaurant in Amsterdam started offering special dishes based on the cuisine of different countries. The Pakistani option included items such as pakoras (Indian fried snacks) and samosas (savory pies). Although neither India nor Pakistan has ever won the World Cup, many Indians and Pakistanis living in the Netherlands make an effort to eat at the restaurant at least once a week.
In Germany, several hundred people play cricket, and ten clubs are registered with the national association. The country's first cricket stadium will open in Leipzig in 2016.
In Britain, cricket is growing faster than any other sports activity. There are now more than one million players in England, and that number is increasing by about 100,000 each year. The sport is especially popular among young men; Eton College, one of Britain's leading private schools, has a team called the Eton Cricketers.
Cricket is played worldwide, but it is most popular in England, Australia, and South Africa.
Cricket is a very popular sport in England, Australia, India, and many other British Commonwealth nations, and it is a way of life for many people. Cricket, which is said to have begun in the 13th century, has a lengthy history and a literacy of its own. The game itself is based on simple rules that have remained largely unchanged since its inception.
England is the most successful nation in cricket. It has won the World Cup out of four attempts, and has been the only country to do so. The England team is also the only side to have retained the urn after being beaten by another side in the final. In fact, they have never been defeated in an official international match by another national side.
Australia is the second-most successful nation in cricket. Like England, it has won the World Cup out of four attempts. However, unlike England, which has always used the same team, Australia has used several different sides over the years. The current squad is dominated by players from India, but includes several Australian natives too. In 2007, Australia became the first country to be eliminated from the tournament after losing all their matches.
India is the third-most successful nation in cricket. India has won the World Cup three times - in 1947, 1975, and 1983 - and has been the runner-up on five other occasions.
Cricket is now mostly played in the United States by those having ancestors from places where the game is popular, such as Indian Americans. Despite their lack of appeal, clubs with a lengthy history and a pedigree stretching back to the early twentieth century are not rare. There are currently about 500 registered players across thirty-one states, including one club in Canada.
Cricket has been played in the United States since at least 1839 when it was introduced to Boston by English immigrants. It quickly spread around the country as American settlers brought the sport with them when they went abroad. In 1845, the first written reference to cricket being played in the state of New York appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. By 1849, cricket was being played in Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont. In 1857, the first recorded match took place between teams from Philadelphia and Baltimore. This was followed by more games throughout the country until 1863 when military regulations prohibiting sports activities were put into effect during Civil War. After war ended, cricket resumed its pace and by 1866, there were reports of matches being played in many parts of the country.
In 1877, the first national championship was held with the New York Club claiming the title. From then on, annual championships were held by various clubs all over the country.
Cricket is a popular sport in Africa, particularly in South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Cricket, like other sports, has grown in popularity and esteem across the continent. Only white people were permitted to play cricket in South Africa a few decades ago, as part of the Apartheid doctrine. But now all races can play it.
There are about 5 million people playing cricket worldwide. Of these, about 1 million are registered players in England and Wales. The other 4 million or so are spread across the rest of the world.
Only two countries have been recognized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as having a full membership: India and Pakistan. However, several other countries have provisional or limited memberships. These include Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In addition, Afghanistan has been given a license to play international cricket, but no funds have yet been made available by the ICC for them to do so.
Africa has a small population compared with some other parts of the world, so its influence on the game might not be significant yet. But as the continent develops, we expect to see more people involved in the game.
The largest national team is probably South Africa, who have played test cricket since 1991. They also take part in one-day internationals and T20 matches. Kenya and Tanzania also play test cricket, while Uganda plays only one-day matches.
Cricket is popular in Australia. Cricket is one of Australia's most popular sports on an international, domestic, and local level. Cricket Australia is Australia's governing organization for both professional and amateur cricket. It is a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The national team has won the Cricket World Cup once in 2000 and also has appeared in the final four other times but has never been victorious.
The first recorded match played in Australia was in 1823. The sport that would come to be known as Australian rules football was introduced to Sydney at this time by English immigrants. This early form of the game is not related to the modern sport called American football. The term "football" was originally used by English people to describe any form of soccer played outside the UK. In fact, the word "soccer" is derived from the name "association football".
The first Test match was played between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground, now known as MCG, in 1877 - it is still played annually between the two countries today. The only other country to have competed in all Tests is India, which can therefore be called the leading Test nation. However, when you include limited-overs matches, India is currently the top team in terms of total runs scored and victories with 52 wins out of 120 matches played.