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Cricket entered a new era in 1963 when English counties introduced the Limited over variant. As it was sure to produce a result, limited overs cricket was lucrative and the number of matches increased. The first Limited over international was played in 1971 and the governing  ICC, seeing its potential, staged the first limited overs cricket world cup in 1975. 

In the 21st century, a new limited overs form, Twenty20, made an immediate impact.On 22 June 2017, Afghanistan and Ireland became the 11th and 12th ICC full members, enabling them to play Test cricket. Cricket is played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, at the center of which is a rectangular 22 yard long pitch with a target called the wicket at each end. Before a match begins, the two team Captain meet on the pitch for the toss to determine which team will bat first. Two batsmen and eleven fielders then enter the field and play begins when a member of the fielding team, known as the bowler, delivers, the ball from one end of the pitch towards the wicket at the other end, which is guarded by one of the batsmen, known as the striker. In addition to the bowler, the fielding team includes the wicket keeper, a specialist who stands behind the striker’s wicket.The striker takes guard on a crease drawn on the pitch four feet in front of the wicket. His role is to prevent the ball from hitting the stumps by using his bat and, simultaneously, to strike it well enough to score runs.Adjudication is performed on the field by two umpires they communicate with two off-field scores who record all the match’s statistical information including runs, dismissals, overs. Cricket’s origins are uncertain and the earliest definite reference is in south-east England in the middle of the 16th century.

 About Cricket

Cricket is a multi-faceted sport with multiple formats that can effectively be divided into first class cricket, limited overs cricket and, historically, single wicket cricket. The highest standard is Test Cricket which is in effect the international version of first-class cricket and is restricted to teams representing the twelve countries that are full members of the ICC.The term first-class, in general usage, is applied to top-level domestic cricket. Limited overs cricket is always scheduled for completion in a single day.


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There are two types: list A which normally allows fifty overs per team and Twenty in which the teams have twenty overs each. Twenty20 is a new variant of limited overs itself with the purpose being to complete the match within about three hours, usually in an evening session. Cricket can be played both socially and competitively, by males and females of all ages. While competitive cricket is mostly played on a field, cricket just for fun can be played in backyards, parks, streets or on the beach. You only need a couple of friends, a bat, a ball and something that represents wickets. To play competitively, consider joining a local club. Wear the right protective equipment. While batting, wear body padding including gloves, leg pads, a box  and forearm guards. When wicket keeping, batting or fielding in close, also wear a cricket helmet with a face guard. Children playing cricket learn cooperation and other social skills, while building a sense of pride and accomplishment when their team wins. Even adults can enjoy the opportunity to foster friendships outside of the office. Victory is all the sweeter hen shared.

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