May 24, 2024
Cricket History

Cricket History

The exact history of when and where cricket first started is unknown. However, going through all the old records related to cricket, the existence of cricket can be found around 1550. Sources published in 1598 indicate that before 1550 cricket was played in the counties of Kent, Sussex and Surrey in southeastern England.

Especially in the weald. Like football, there are different opinions about who is the father of cricket. According to most opinions, England is the birthplace of cricket. But some facts and figures say otherwise. The practice of cricket started in the area called ‘Doab’ in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. A game similar to cricket was played in the area in the 7th century.

The game spread to Persia by the eighth century or so. The history of the game in Europe is that, before the 10th century, the ‘Nomadic Gypsies’ who lived in the ancient Indian deserts traveled to Europe via Turkey and played this popular game there. Seeing them, the game spread and became popular among Europeans.

Exploring Cricket History: Possibly unknown to someone

However, because the game of cricket is long, Europeans who were good at bandits felt that this game wastes a lot of time, so in order not to waste time, a ban was imposed on this game. Because if the popularity of this game increases, England will not get the necessary soldiers to win the country. That is why King Richard II banned the game of cricket in Britain. Many were punished for disobeying this ban.

But times changed, after 1500 AD the competition to win kingdoms in Europe almost stopped. Towards the end of that century, the influence of the Italian Renaissance began to change the cultural landscape of Europe.

The air of which also affects sports. Before 1500 AD, the game was possibly known as ‘Creag’ or Krick/Krik, which came to be known as Cricket in 1600 AD. The players began to think that the punishment imposed due to the game of cricket has gradually gone away.

Cricket became popular with an unwritten taboo. But Christian priests stood in the way. Their vehement objection is that cricket is a game of idlers and gamblers. They prescribe punishment against it. But no obstacle could stand in the way of cricket.

This is how cricket crossed the middle ages and entered the modern era. In the early days, the ball was rolled in cricket, which is unthinkable now. There was a big difference in the bat too. There are many rules and regulations in modern cricket.

Evolution of cricket throughout its long history

Cricket has become more rich, royal and technical sport. It is now a game of the educated community, a game of statistics. The course of modern cricket started with county matches. The match between England and Kent in 1719 was the first modern cricket match. Modern cricket was introduced in India in 1721. Lords of the East India Company used to play cricket in his spare time. However, cricket did not become fully modern before 1744. There were no rules in the game of cricket at that time.

In 1744, the various rules of modern cricket were formulated and a new chapter in cricket began. Test cricket was born on March 15, 1877. England and Australia participated in the first Test match in cricket history. These two teams also participated in the first ODI match. Australia won both matches.

The ‘Imperial Cricket Conference’ was established in 1909 as the apex body of world cricket. Later in 1956 the word ‘Imperial’ was changed to ‘International Cricket Council’ with the word ‘International’, ICC for short.

The prestigious Ashes match started in 1882-83. Since then, other countries have entered Test cricket one by one. South Africa 1888–89, West Indies 1928, New Zealand 1929–30, India 1932, Pakistan 1952–53, Sri Lanka 1981–82, Zimbabwe 1992 and Bangladesh 13 November 2000.

The movement of women in cricket today is remarkable. . Women also play equally in various cricket tournaments.
To make cricket more popular and structured, cricket competitions are organized in various leagues including One-day and T-20 match for both men and women.

From the past to the present time, cricket has been showing its nobility, which has always been a matter of interest to people. The popularity of cricket is increasing day by day.

Share with us your thoughts on how the sport of cricket has evolved over the years, and don’t forget to tell us which team was your favorite in the 2023 World Cup.

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