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The most famous game all over the world cricket have been originated in 16th century in South-East England and in the century cricket became country’s National sports. As different people have different views about the origination of the Cricket. The Word Cricket comes from an olde English word “cricc” meaning fun and games generally.
Cricket was derived from an older game bowls by intervention that batsman stops the ball from its target by hitting it away. At that time lump of sheep’s wool used as a ball and another farm tools like sticks and crook was taken as bat tool whereas gate or stool considered as the wicket.
In many generations cricket was famous as children’s game but in the beginning of 17th century it was taken up by adults as in 1611 first time cricket was introduced as an adult sport when cricket was playing by two men in Sussex on Sunday and cricket declared as boy’s game in the same year.
In the beginning cricket was started with four balls then it changed to five and six balls. In 1992 the number of balls increased from 6 to eight which was adopted by different countries like New Zealand, South Africa, and England. In 2000 the rule over six balls has been revised at world level.
The cricket was greatly flourished through free-paying schools such as Winchester and St Paul’s. In 1964 cricket was reported in the newspaper first time when press freedom act implemented. During the 18th century press greatly focused on betting rather than on the play as in 1725 press mentions individual players like Thomas Waymark first time.
In the 17th century cricket was introduced to North America but in the 18th century cricket introduced to the parts of the world on the other hand Canadian units played British baseball rather than cricket.
In 1728 for the payment of stake money and winning distributions two men’s Duke of Richmond and Alan Brodick determine the code of practice in the Articles of Agreement. But in 1744 first time Laws of Cricket were codified. With the passage of time modification in the codes and periodic revisions brings improvement in the cricket game.
In 18th century during the Seven Year War cricket faced first time real crises which occur due to the shortage of players and lack of investment. But in the mid of 1760’s game was properly began. The other big crises faced by cricket at the beginning of 19th century during the Napoleonic Wars.
With the formation of county clubs the game organizations has been changed. In 1839 all modern clubs starting with Sussex. In 1946 William Clarke makes possible the travelling All-England Eleven. The game become more famous in district level first time through this commercial venture.
In 1844 first international cricket game was played between USA and Canada in New York at the grounds St George’s Cricket Club after this a number of toured by the cricket teams occurred for cricket purpose.
The growth of test cricket occur with the passage of time as in 1909 England, Australia and South Africa were members at the time of Imperial Cricket Conference. But later on West Indies, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh became the members of the cricket conference.
In 1977 cricket face major crises due to the top player’s payment so at that time Packer arranged cricket league privately at world level and send top players for the league and he also hired South African banned players to show their skills at world level. Which resulted in World Series Cricket consisted high salaries level of top players and night games.
In the 21st century with the introduction of “Test Championship Table” and One-day International Championship Table” formats of cricket has been changed continuously. In 2017 by the addition of two countries Afghanistan and Ireland ICC memberships was increased to twelve. With the introduction of twenty20 in the evening cricket got more popularity among the fans and audience of TV. Similar in 2008 with the beginning of Indian Premier League cricket will flourished in future.