Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cricket history

It is believed that Cricket was started in England in 1300 AD.It started as a game of shepherds and became popular among other classes in 18th century AD.
Cricket was introduced to North America via the English colonies in the 17th century, probably before it had even reached the north of England. In the 18th century it arrived in other parts of the globe. It was introduced to the West Indies by colonists and to India by British East India Company  mariners in the first half of the century. It arrived in Australia almost as soon as colonization began in 1788. New Zealand and South Africa followed in the early years of the 19th century.

After some time a club known as "Merylebone Cricket Club(MCC)" was formed at Lords in London.  Cricket became popular in Australia due to British influence there.

The first official cricket test match was played in the year 1877 between Australia and England in Melbourne.

The first ever international cricket game was between the USA and Canada in 1844 .The following year, the Australians toured England for the first time and were a spectacular success. No Tests were played on that tour but more soon followed and, at The Oval in 1882, arguably the most famous match of all time gave rise to The Ashes. South Africa became the third Test nation in 1889.

When some other countries started played Cricket Imperial Cricket Conference was formed in 1909 which gave birth to International Cricket Conference in 1956.The first One Day International cricket match was played in the year 1971 between England and Australia in Melbourne.
The first World Cup on one day matches was played in 1975 in London. West Indies won the World Cup beating Australia 17 runs in the final at Lords.
From that time cricket had a huge growth in limited but had a vast development in it ..............

                      To be continued............................

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