Cricket – the word itself is mesmerizing to bind the people in unity while supporting the team representing their country against the opponent. An English sport that has gained huge global popularity in the past few centuries – cricket awakens the national pride and sportsmanship between the playing countries. The history of the sport is unclear in regards to the exact origins of the game; however it is believed to be born in England during the middle age era.
There is no evidence on how and when this game developed, when points were awarded, wickets or pitch system was adopted, or how other people joined the two players forming individual teams. Slowly and steadily the game took momentum and began to spread with Britains’ Imperialist ambitions into their Colonies, with the first game being officially recorded in North America in the 1700’s.
The first Cricket World Cup was held in England in 1975, as a series of one-day matches of 60 overs per team played in white uniform and red balls. There were 8 teams participating in the first tournament- Australia, England, the West Indies, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and East Africa. The first World Cup hosted outside England was held in 1987 in India and Pakistan. The international cricket championship is a premium contest held every 4 years, and is one of the widely watched sporting events in the world.
Some of the renowned names of the game are Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Brett Lee, Shahid Afridi, M.S Dhoni, Brian Lara, Shoaib Akhtar and Muttiah Muralitharan.
Cricket is not just a game, but a world for their fans. As per a survey by International Cricket Council (ICC) on the ICC Cricket World Cup and the ICC World T20, there are over 1 billion fans globally and more than 90% consists of Indians. The research was conducted to help ICC understand the growth potential of the game, to shape the global strategy, drive decision making and measure the outcomes of the strategy.
According to the report on Bharatbook, in the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on the Global Cricket market. It consists of leading players in the global cricket market, investment plans, market growth rate and position. It also covers the major competitors and the tactical industry analysis impacting the industry, while providing the present and the future prospective leading international market players.
The game is a perfect mix of fierce competition and burning passion rivalry than seen in any of the other top sports. With the current world cup fever, it will be worth waiting to see the top two contenders battling for the World Cup in the finals on 14th July 2019.