It is commonly accepted that cricket originated from a very old leisure activity indulged in by shepherds in Britain. The shepherds used crook and other farm equipments to hit a ball which used to be made up of wool or stone.
In the year 1787, the Marylebone Cricket Club also known MCC was created. The MCC has since then gone on to become one of the most prominent bodies in world cricket. Cricket in its initial days were restricted to the aristocratic class of England. Cricket gradually went on to become the national game of England.
The late 18th century was a very crucial phase for the development of the game, both within and outside Britain. The game was spread far and wide mainly due to England’s imperialism.
In the present times, cricket has its own following of loyal fans. The International Cricket Council, better known as the ICC is the governing body in world cricket.
Cricket becomes an official Asian Games sport in Guangzhou Asian Games, in 2010. It consists of men and women events in Guangzhou Asian Games.
A match is played between two sides, each of eleven players, one of whom shall be captain. All matches will consist of one innings per side, each innings being limited to a maximum of 20 overs. Two sessions of 1 hour 20 minutes each, separated by a 20 minutes interval between innings (for Women 1 hour 20 minutes each, separated by a 15 minutes interval between innings).
The playing area shall be a minimum of 75 yards radius and maximum of 90 yards radius (for women minimum of 60 yards radius and maximum of 70 yards radius).