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Cricket in America: History & Present

“I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God created on Earth,” the English playwright Harold Pinter once said. However, the American seem to differ today.

With inhabitants coming from England, cricket was once the most popular sport in the US. Things changed soon after as the country started to build its own culture and ethos. Gradually, cricket was forgotten in favour of Baseball, American Football etc. In present Amercia, the most popular sports are basketball, soccer, and rugby. Cricket, which is hugely popular in England and parts of Asia, has a rather small following in the US.

As of today, it's easier to find a locksmith in San Diego rather than find people playing cricket. You also have a better chance of getting mugged in Amercia than finding people playing cricket. Nonetheless, the sports enthusiasts are hopeful of bringing cricket back to America.
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History of Cricket: When Did Cricket Start?

Cricket, the sport, has been around for many centuries. Today, the historical references to the cricket sport can be found as late as 16th century.

Cricket started in south-east England. In England, cricket became the country's national sport in 18th century. With the erstwhile British empire, it conquered new lands and become a popular sport across the world.

International cricket matches started as early as 1844. The long-format Test cricket tournaments started in 1877. After football (or soccer), cricket is the world's second most followed sport.

Who Invented Cricket Sports?

The origin of cricket as a sports is not known. It is believed to have started during Saxon or Norman times in England. In Weald, in south-east England across Kent and Sussex, children started playing the sport that eventually evolved in to the modern cricket sports.

The origin of the world cricket for sports is also not certain. In 1598, the earliest references to the sport was called creckett. The name is thought to have been derived from the Middle Dutch krick(-e), meaning a stick; or the Old English cricc or cryce, meaning a crutch or staff. 

When did first One Day Cricket Start?

The first one day cricket (ODI) was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The one-day format game was not a pre-decided event, but rather an instantaneous decision. The two countries were supposed to play the Test cricket matches. When the first three days of the third Test were washed out, the officials decided to play a one-off, one day game consisting of 40 overs of eight balls per side. That's the first one-day cricket game played.

First Cricket Club!

The world's first cricket club was formed in Hambledon in 1760s. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) started in 1787.

The Cricket Bat!

The bat is traditionally made from willow wood, specifically from a variety of White Willow called Cricket Bat Willow, treated with raw linseed oil for protection.

The Cricket Ball!

A cricket ball is made with a core of cork, layered with tightly wound string, and covered by leather with  sewn seam.

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