A Brief Introduction to Cricket

Short introduction

Much has been written about the game of cricket - its origins, how it's played, where it's played, the nature of the game. Yet to those not initiated into the game - 'looking in' from outside - cricket is an enigma at the best of times, it is seemingly boring and hence lacking in excitement, stretching pointlessly over time and occasionally without a purpose.

On the contrary for most of those who are 'in' and 'looking out' - cricket is in fact a 'wonder sport' - which encompasses a multitude of attributes and characteristics seldom found so conveniently compressed into one single sporting activity. Above all cricket is fun!

Broadly, apart from the sporting skills that cricket develops in the players, as importantly it also develops the intangible attributes of:

  • A sense of sportsmanship and fair play
  • Building the characters of the players
  • Mental thinking by the players at strategic and tactical levels
  • Ability to read the opponent's mind
  • A sense of discipline - to accept without question the decisions of the umpire

The other aspect about cricket is that it is probably one of the fastest evolving sports in the world, constantly adapting itself to the ‘demands’ of a changing global audience. However through this process of evolution that is constantly taking place, the beauty of cricket is that it retains the essence of the game – which is the issue of ‘fair play’. This process of ‘fair play’ has become a cliché, in that the English language has adopted the phrase “it’s not cricket” when any matter presented, is seen to have an unacceptable bias.

Given this process of evolution Cricket has become hugely complex in its structure and form. It is driven by a set of Laws (and not rules) which are possessively guarded by its custodians – International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) of England. There are rules that then spell out the regulatory changes depending on the form of the game that is being played - that stretch from a 3 hour match (Twenty20) to one that is played over 5 days (Test). There is even a form for the brand new starter to the game – Kwik cricket – devoid of the complexities but established purely for someone experiencing it for the first time to enjoy themselves and have fun!

Incidentally, in case you didn’t know, Cricket is the second most popular game in the world with a base of close to 3 billion fans!

There are a series of links on the left that will take you into explanations of the game at various levels – from the basic to the more complex issues of the game, of the Law and its interpretations.

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