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  • Today cricket is a very popular game in many countries, including India.
  • The game of cricket started in England almost 500 years ago. As colonial rule spread across the globe, cricket also became popular in many countries.
  • The latest development in the game is the 'Twenty20' game, where each side faces only 20 overs.
  • Cricket in England is linked with its social and economic background.
  • A cricket pitch is the central strip of the cricket field between the wickets.
  • The bat is usually made of willow wood. It has handle where the batsman can hold.
  • The ball must be 5 to 6 ounces. It is usually made of leather and is hand-made.
  • 2 sets of stumps, 3 each are placed at either end of the pitch.
  • The laws of cricket are a set of rules framed by the Marylebone Cricket Club which serve to standardise the format of cricket matches across the world to ensure uniformity and fairness.
  • The game of cricket was closely linked with the English society. The game was played by the rich and the poor.
  • The British introduced cricket in all the countries they conquered and ruled.
  • Though the British introduced the game in all their colonies, the natives were not allowed to participate in the game.
  • As years passed , International Tournaments became popular.
  • Cottari Kanakaiya "CK" Nayudu was born on 31st October, 1895 in Nagpur, India, he was the first captain of India in Test cricket.
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the international governing body of cricket.
  • Five –day Test matches gave way to One-day International Matches and today we have the Twenty 20 series.
  • Day-night matches, played from the afternoon to late evenings are becoming popular these days.

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