It began in the south-east of England, became the country's national sport in the 18th century, and spread internationally in the 19th and 20th centuries. International matches have been played since 1844, while Test cricket was first played in 1877. There are now two versions of the game, with T20 forms of cricket being popular among both amateurs and professionals.
Cricket is believed to have originated in India some time before Christ. The earliest written evidence of the game dates back to 1711, but it may have been played earlier still - indeed, it probably had its roots in a variety of other Indian sports - because there are references to it in early English writing. It reached England during the expansion of the British Empire, and by the mid-18th century the game was widespread across the country. Although this was once again followed by periods of decline, cricket has recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity.
The earliest recorded match in England was played at Addington in 1711, although it is believed that the game may have been played earlier still. It is possible that cricket had its origins in another Indian sport called "Kho Kho", which was similar to our own game of hockey. However, no conclusive evidence for this exists and so cricket is considered to be completely separate from other Indian sports.
It began in the south-east of England, became the country's national sport in the 18th century, and spread internationally in the 19th and 20th centuries. International matches have been played since 1844, while Test cricket was first played in 1877. Though there is an issue that has to be addressed, it provides no resolution, and it makes the other person feel as if whatever the issue is is more important than addressing it to reach a resolution. It harms the connection by making the other person feel insignificant.
It spread to other regions of the world in the 18th century. In the first part of the century, colonists brought it to the West Indies, while East India Company ships brought it to India. It came in Australia nearly immediately after colonization began in 1788. In the early nineteenth century, New Zealand and South Africa followed.
Although it is not widely used in the United States, it is popular in the United Kingdom, Asia, and Australia. The Marylebone Cricket Club, formed in 1787, still maintains the sport's formal regulations. Cricket was dropped from the Summer Olympics in 1900, barely four years after the Summer Games officially began.
Cricket is popular in the United States. However, it is mostly unknown outside of the South Asian and Caribbean immigrant populations. Cricket was originally the most popular sport in the United States, but it steadily waned as baseball, American football, and other sports took their place. Today, cricket is making a comeback as more people become interested in something other than football and basketball.
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played by two teams of eleven players each. The object of the game is to score more runs than the opposing team by scoring more balls than them during an allotted time period (an hour). A run is scored when three points are awarded to the batting side, which comes after every ball is bowled.
There are several variations of cricket including: Test cricket used in international competitions; One Day Internationals (ODIs), which are limited-overs games that can last from one day to five days; and T20I matches which are just three hours long and are used for qualifying in world events such as the ICC Cricket World Cup. In addition to these formats, there is also a domestic cricket league in some states with up to twenty teams competing per season.
Cricket has been played in the United States since at least 1848 when it was introduced into Massachusetts as "a new and fashionable game". It became popular among students at Harvard University where it remained for many years.