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Cricket is a bat-and-ball team sport that is first documented as being played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, cricket had developed to the point where it had become the national sport of England. The expansion of the British Empire led to cricket being played overseas and by the mid-19th century the first international matches were being held. Today, the game's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), has 104 member countries. With its greatest popularity in the Test  playing countries, cricket is the world's second most popular sport after Association football.

The rules of the game are known as the Laws of Cricket. These are maintained by the ICC and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which holds the copyright. A cricket match is played on a cricket field at the centre of which is a pitch. The match is contested between two teams of eleven players each. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible without being dismissed ("out") while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the other team’s batsmen and limit the runs being scored. When the batting team has used all its available overs or has no remaining batsmen, the roles become reversed and it is now the fielding team’s turn to bat and try to outscore the opposition.

There are several variations in the length of a game of cricket. In professional cricket this ranges from a limit of 20 overs per side (Twenty20) to a game played over 5 days (Test cricket). Depending on the form of the match being played, there are different rules that govern how a game is won, lost, drawn or tied.

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Articles About Cricket

Preity Zinta
IPL 7 News: Preity Zinta Talks about Being a Woman in a Male-Dominated Game

By IBTimes IN

She knows quite well how to slip in the word 'momentum' while talking about a match, and she sure knows more than a thing or two about backing her players. (10:32 pm)


Kevin Pietersen, Delhi Daredevils
No More Coach Woes for Kevin Pietersen as he Enjoys a Healthy Partnership with Daredevils' Gary Kirsten

By IBTimes IN

'Team engagement' has been the key word for Pietersen's career changing episodes so far, with the ECB announcing that the South Africa born batsman was rather disengaged to be part of the English team's future and the eventual sacking. (10:24 pm)


Happy St Georg’s Day 2014
Happy St George’s Day 2014: 10 Funny Quotes Exclusively for the English

By IBTimes IN

Happy St George's Day 2014: Here are 10 funny quotes exclusively for England and the English. (9:31 pm)


Cheteshwar Pujara
IPL 7 News: Cheteshwar Pujara: I Can be a Jacques Kallis

By IBTimes IN

Kings XI Punjab's Cheteshwar Pujara admits he cannot be a flamboyant T20 player but can always hit the right shots from the book and pile up runs like Jacques Kallis does. (3:56 pm)


Melbourne Cosmetic Surgery Company Withdraws Anzac Day Competition on Rating Women Breasts After Severe Criticism

By IBTimes AU

A Melbourne cosmetic surgery company, which launched a competition on the occasion of the Anzac Day asking women to rate their breasts, has reportedly cancelled it after receiving sever criticism. (3:39 pm)

Pawan Kalyan
Lok Sabha Elections 2014: PM Post Not Ancestral Right of Nehru-Gandhi Family: Pawan Kalyan

By IBTimes IN

The post of Prime Minister of India is not an ancestral right of any particular family, Jana Sena founder-leader and Telugu film star Pawan Kalyan stated on 22 April, directly attacking the dynastic politics of the Nehru-Gandhi family in Congress. (Apr 23)


Glenn Maxwell Kings XI Punjab
Watch IPL 7 Match 9: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Live Streaming Information

By IBTimes IN

Watch IPL 7 -- Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Live Streaming Information. Kings XI Punjab, with the as-exciting-as-it-gets Glenn Maxwell and David Miller in tow, will look to make it three thrilling wins out of three when they take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sharjah on Tuesday. (Apr 22)


Sanju Samson
IPL 7 Rajasthan Royals News: ‘Hurts to Lose after Playing so Well,’ Says Young Sanju Samson

By IBTimes IN

The performance of Samson, who scored a 34-ball 52, along with skipper Shane Watson's half century, helped Royals get to a more-than-decent total of 191 against the Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. But, it didn't help them win the match. (Apr 21)

The Future of English Cricket
"Everyone Deserves a Second Chance," Says Pietersen as Peter Moores Gets Another Crack at England

By IBTimes IN

England managing director Paul Downton, while announcing Peter Moores as the new coach for England, said Kevin Pietersen will not be given a second chance with the team. (Apr 20)

JP Duminy Delhi Daredevils
IPL 7 Results: Brilliant Duminy Gives Delhi Daredevils Thrilling Win over KKR

By IBTimes IN

JP Duminy was finisher extraordinaire as the Delhi Daredevils pulled off a stunning four-wicket win over the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 7. (Apr 20)