History Of Cricket
Have you ever wondered about the origin or the history of cricket? The popularity of cricket as both a recreational activity and a popular sporting event has grown throughout history in many nations of the world. Competitive play, tournaments and clubs exist for both men and women in many countries of the world. The popularity of the sport leaves many wondering about the origin and progression of cricket.
The Early History of Cricket. Where did cricket originate? While it is often debated, and a true origin is uncertain and undocumented, it is believed that cricket began as a child’s game in England’s farming communities. Using balls and bats crafted from farm tools and readily available materials—such as wool or farm produce, it is believed that the game was born as a pastime for farm children.
The First Documented History of Cricket. While it is assumed that cricket grew and evolved from rudimentary children’s games, the first documented record of terms interpreted to mean the sport of cricket did not occur until the late 1500’s and early 1600’s in legal proceedings. Throughout the 17th Century, there are references to cricket style sporting contests between villages in regions of England—leading to scandals involving gambling late in that century and beyond.
The First Documented Record of Organized Cricket. Cricket clubs formed in various locations throughout England throughout the 17th Century. As interest grew and word spread, the sport also spread outside England to countries such as India—and later the USA and Canada. The first international cricket match pitted a USA team against a Canadian team in the late 1800’s.
The History of Test Cricket. Oddly enough, in spite of interest in the US and Canada, neither nation was included in the original Imperial Cricket Conference, which was established to promote and regulate international play in the early 1900’s. The US and Canada were not included as test countries or participants until much later.
Modern Cricket Today. Today, cricket is played internationally in many nations of the world. Competitions such as the ICC Cricket World Cup warrant much media attention and recognition.