A Brief History of Cricket

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Although the game’s exact origins are unknown, it is believed that cricket originated in England as early as the 13th century. Cricket was mostly played by children until the early 1600s, when adults took up the sport and began to organize inter-county matches throughout southern England. As its popularity grew during the 17th and 18th centuries, cricket became more competitive and began to attract large crowds of disorderly gamblers.

By 1800, cricket had become a major sport in every area of England, and its popularity soon spread to other countries, including Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and India. Cricket remains extremely popular in these countries, especially India, where it is played on city streets and open fields throughout the country.

Recently, the development of a truncated version of cricket called Twenty20 (T20) gave rise to new techniques that have improved the play of both batsmen and bowlers. While the much longer traditional form of the sport remains the standard, T20 has been commercially successful and is growing in popularity throughout the cricket world.