The game of cricket is a unique one. Unlike football which is universally popular, cricket has the largest following in Asian Countries, specifically India. Funnily, it did not even originate here; it came from England! That said, it enjoys following in India similar to what American Football has in the United States.
The game started in an informal set-up in England. It is thought to have been played by herders in its earliest form. What is a wicket today was then a gate through which sheep went, which would be guarded by one of the game’s participants.
The game has evolved a lot over the years, with particular sophistication of equipment and definition of rules.
Looking at a cricket player, it easy to think that they are overdressed. However, most of it is basic equipment that is easily worn and taken off. First up, players need to have a ball and bats to play. The playing area is an open field with installed wickets.
Clothing includes gloves, pads, helmets, and caps depending on the particular role of a player.
There are numerous cricket leagues played across the world. These leagues vary to some degree, for example in the format of play. Some are played as one-day internationals, others as test matches and others in a twenty20 format. The same cricket rules apply across all formats though.
Popular cricket leagues include the World Cup, Caribbean League, Indian Premier League and the England and Wales League.
There never is a shortage of news for cricket lovers. At the start of 2020, there have been stories about the expansion of women and youth leagues and player transfers.
This site has dedicated sections that pay attention to each of the items mentioned above. Take a tour to have all your cricket thirst sated.