History of Cricket

History of Cricket

  • Game introduced in 18th century and among early Americans, cricket was as popular as baseball.
  • By the American Revolution the game was so popular that the American Continental Army at Valley Forge regularly played matches!
  • George Washington himself joined in at least one game of cricket!
  • Post American independence, game enjoyed its greatest popularity along the East Coast corridor between Philadelphia and New York.
  • The game hit its peak in the mid 1800’s when close to 1,000 cricket clubs existed across 22 states
  • The game declined in popularity after the American Civil War due to difficulties of getting proper cricket equipment and maintaining cricket pitches.
  • At the turn of the century baseball grew to replace cricket as the country’s most popular sport, and by the end of World War I interest in cricket was almost non-existent throughout the United States.
  • Today, cricket is America’s fastest growing sport, with 15 million fans and an estimated 200,000 players.

WHAT IS CRICKET?

  • A bat and ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field.
  • Similar to baseball, you pitch, you bat and score runs and you get out !
  • Game originated in early 16th – century England.
  • The game was exported overseas by the British Empire in the 19th century to North America, India, the Caribbean, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
  • First international match took place between United States and Canada in 1844 and was watched by 10,000 spectators!!.
  • Today, cricket is the 2nd Most Popular Sport in the World with almost 3 billion fans.
  • Cricket is played in 125 countries around the globe. Major cricket playing nations includes India, UK, Australia, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Netherlands, Ireland and Pakistan.
  • About 2.2 Billion people from around the world watched the 2015 Cricket World Cup on their televisions.
  • Cricket today generates worldwide revenues of more than $1.5 Billion.