History of Cricket Matches
This legendary game played in one-day format, 20-20 format or test format has a crazy fan following in cricket playing nations. Cricket is not just a game of bat and ball, played between two teams or two countries, it also insight the feeling and emotions of all the cricket loving people who want their team to win. If the match between the arch-rivals like India and Pakistan, people from both the nations go crazy so much that many of them leave their work just to watch the match, and the win is celebrated as a festival by distributing sweets and burning crackles.
Early stage: The history of this legendary game spans from the 16th century to the present day. Though it has evolved over the period of time but the history of the same can be rooted from the 16th century in England, where it was played by children living in the Wald in south-east England. Over the passage of time, the children game was taken up by adults in the beginning of the 17th century.
18th century: In the 18th century cricket moved out of England and arrived in other parts of the globe. It was the British East India Company that brought this game to India. The basic rules for cricket like bat, ball, etc were laid down immortal times. But the Articles of Agreement to determine the code of practice in a particular game and this common feature was framed in 1728. In 1744, the Laws of Cricket were codified for the first time, with the innovations of such as lbw, middle stump and maximum bat width were added and also the introduction of two umpires who shall absolutely decide all disputes of the game.
19th century: It underwent the first fundamental changes of introduction of county clubs. It was in the year 1844, first International cricket was played USA and Canada, being played at St George’s Cricket Club in New York. A major watershed occurred as National championships started to be held within countries like Ranji Trophy in India. The current scenario of balls per over was changed from four to five and then to current six balls in the 1900.
20th century: It saw the growth of sport’s highest level of standard “The Test Match” with India, West Indies, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh joining in with England, Australia and South Africa as test nations. The first limited over international match took place at Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1971. The first Cricket World Cup in England in 1975, with all the Test playing nations by ICC. The Hawk eye and third empire was introduced.
This legendary game changed with time to evolve into what it is today.