Friday, August 22, 2014 8:04 AM EST


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

Sir Ian Botham Posts Graphic Image of Genitals on Twitter, Claims Account Was Hacked

By IBTimes AU

England cricket legend shocked the Twitter world when he posted graphic photos of his genitals in his account Tuesday. His almost 400,000 followers must be trying to un-see the lewd photo that will be forever embossed on their minds. (Aug 19)


Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka
Mahela Jayawerdene Is Playing His Last Match In Whites

By IBTimes AU

Mahela Jayawardene is playing his last Test match against Pakistan at Colombo. Jayawerdene has bid farewell to Test Cricket following his retirement from T20 Internationals after the T20 world cup in March. (Aug 16)


Serena Williams
Serena Williams and Andre Agassi to Play at the IPTL Singapore Slammers Franchise

By IBTimes AU

The 17-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and the former world no. 1 Andre Agassi will turn up for their International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) franchise Singapore Slammers in December 2- 4. (Aug 07)


New Zealand's McCullum celebrates scoring 200 runs on day two of the first international test cricket match against India in Auckland
New Zealand Makes Match-Fixing a Crime with a 7-Year Jail Term

By IBTimes AU

New Zealand has passed a bill in Parliament that will make match-fixing a criminal offence with a penalty of seven years in jail if convicted. (Aug 01)

New Zealand Brings Bill to Make Match Fixing a Crime Ahead of Cricket World Cup

By IBTimes AU

In a path-breaking initiative New Zealand has come out with a bill in parliament seeking to make match-fixing a criminal offence. The bill enjoys the unanimous support of all political parties. (Jul 31)

Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to compatriot Ksenia Pervak during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 26, 2014.
Maria Sharapova's Comments Not Disrespectful Says Sachin Tendulkar

By IBTimes AU

Hashtag whoismariasharapova was started by angry Indian fans on Twitter after Maria Sharapova, Russia's greatest tennis player admitted that she did not know the famous cricket Indian star, Sachin Tendulkar. (Jul 28)


Australia's Anna Meares holds her gold medal after winning the women's 500m time trial at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, July 24, 2014.         REUTERS/Andrew Winning
Australia's Golden Run Continues in the Commonwealth Games 2014

By IBTimes AU

This was just the start the Kangaroos had dreamed of. Meares was followed by the four big Ausie boys, who cycled their way to a win over the Englishmen. This famous victory was not predicted by the pundits and came as a surprise to many. (Jul 26)


Young and the Restless Casting News, August Spoilers: Two Characters Return to Y&R with Resolution to ‘Maddening Mystery’; Adam Newman Return Update

By IBTimes AU

Over the period of time, “The Young and the Restless” (Y&R) has seen several characters coming and going. It’s been almost six months, but fans are not yet over Michael Muhney’s-who portrayed beloved Adam Newman-exit. (Jul 24)


Maria Sharapova Of Russia Blows A Kiss After Defeating Samantha Murray Of Britain In Their Women's Singles Ttennis Match At The Wimbledon Tennis Championships, In London
Maria Sharapova Poised To Surpass Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer on Facebook

By IBTimes AU

Sports diva Maria Sharapova is in position to overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the most popular tennis player on Facebook after reaching the 14 million like barrier few days ago. (Jul 23)


England's Joe Root (L) leaves the field after being dismissed as team-mate Stuart Broad looks on during the second cricket test match at Lord's cricket ground in London July 21, 2014.
Cricket News: England Cricketers Blame Dismal Performance to Hotel Ghosts

By IBTimes AU

During the arduous ongoing nine Tests of futility, England is trying to come to terms with what ails the team, natural or supernatural, may it be. Paceman Stuart Broad is claiming that the team is losing sleep and stamina because of ghost presence in their hotel. (Jul 22)