Cricket – A Unique Game
Cricket is an exceptionally tough ball-and-stick game played between two competing teams of eleven in a single field in the center of which lies a rectangular 22-foot pitch, with a wicket in every end, comprising of two stumps balancing on three wooden stakes. The match is usually won by the side that scores the most runs, but it is very unlikely to go beyond a maximum of twenty, and rarely over fifty. The team that wins the match usually scores more runs, but the match will be decided by the total number of overs to be played – at a minimum, each team should have twenty overs. In a well-played game, the game can go to a third day, if so required, or can continue to a fourth day if agreed upon by both sides.
Cricket is played in various countries and continents. The most prominent Cricket playing nations are England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Bangladesh, West Indies and South Africa. The game is very popular around the world and is regularly played in different stadiums and grounds. It can be played in the ground on a Saturday morning, after dinner, in the afternoon on Sunday, or as a day’s practice before the first Test match, and in many instances is played in cricket fields. Even though the game is played on a flat surface, cricket is actually a hard game and players should be physically fit for the rigors of playing.
Cricket is not just a sport of cricket. Many matches are played between supporters and members of opposing teams, and often players who are from the same country compete against one another, particularly at international level cricket. Many people also watch cricket on television or in matches and enjoy watching matches like this. Cricket matches can also be covered by sports channels and radio stations, and are often covered by newspapers, magazines and newspapers that cover sports related subjects. In the UK, cricket is covered by several prominent channels including Sky Sports and the BBC. Most cricket matches are also covered in cricket magazines and websites as well as being played on television.