As we have been playing cricket in our school for last two months, I personally feel that our children should know about the history of cricket.<br />So I would like to give some information about the origin of cricket. <br />
Part 1<br />History of cricket <br />Theorigins of cricketare very vague<br />However it is commonly accepted that the game originated from a very <br />old leisure activity indulged by shepherds in British. The <br />shepherds used crook and <br />other farm equipments to hit <br />a ball which used to be Made <br />up of wool or stone.<br />
There is a reference in the household accounts of Edward I<br />in 1300 of a game like cricket being played in Kent. <br />The first evidence of cricket being played was recorded in the year 1550, by the pupils of Royal Grammar School, Guildford.<br />
Earlier cricket used to thrive greatly as a gambling game. People used to place huge amounts of bets in matches and thus the game started to get recognition. Cricket was in<br />fact a major gambling <br />sport towards the end <br />of the 17th century .<br />
By the 17th century the game was quite popular as a rough rural pastime, but in the following century the leisure classes took up the sport, particularly in Sussex, Kent, and London.<br />
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 .<br />
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 .<br />
Now it is played worldwide, and despite occasional successes, it is fair to say that the real power in the game has shifted from England to nations such as South Africa, Australia, India, Pakistan, and the West Indies. <br />But traditional village cricket is still played in towns and villages all across the England.<br />THANK YOU <br />
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