Cricket is also known as gentlemen’s game. Cricket originated from England and currently it is 3rd most popular sport all over the world. A large number of cricket fans are present in countries like England, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand, Caribbeans and South Africa. Cricket has a huge fan following all over the world with approximately more than 2 billion people following Cricket hence making it one of the most popular sports in the world.
Cricket proudly boasts to have the second highest number of followers in the world yet the astounding part is that majority of earth’s population does not know much about Cricket.
As mentioned above cricket was invented in England and as we look at world’s history we understand the reason of Cricket popularity. In early 19th century when England started exploring sub-continent and other regions and they were eventually colonized by Great Britain. This colonization also helped in spreading Cricket. Even after the departure of British Cricket stayed equally popular. For people of subcontinent it is more than a sport to them it is a religion. India and Pakistan are arch rivals and a Cricket match between India and Pakistan is much more than a game. For people of indo-Pak region it is their pride a way in which they can express their love for the country, their joy and it is a way of reducing tension between two. Recently a new format “T20” was introduced in which each innings comprises of 20 overs.
Third most watched competition Cricket World Cup:
Cricket world cup secures third spot when we make a list of most viewed sports event, just falling short of FIFA world cup and Rugby world cup in term of viewers. Nowadays a new trend of domestic league has taken flight in many countries in which fancy team franchises are sold at exorbitant amount.
Cricket T20 professional league:
T20 format brought many new possibilities; it is faster, thrilling and more fun to watch. Currently every cricketing nation has its own domestic T20 leagues. Many national and international players take part in such leagues. Many franchises offer very lucrative contracts to players. Indian premiere league (IPL) is currently the most established and lucrative domestic league in which players from all over the world participate.
All Star Cricket in USA:
Cricket is expanding its boundaries to United States of America. In November 2015 three newer and shorter format of cricket were introduced at three different stadiums in New York, Houston and Los Angeles Back in November 2015 three shorter format exhibition games were held in USA in three different venues including New York, Houston and Los Angeles. The response was really amazing, Americans participated in huge strength.
Cricket is a domineering sport
In a number of countries particularly from indo-pak region that are Pakistan, Indian, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh whereas England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are major cricketing nations in which cricket is the second most popular sport. Cricket is also very famous with people of Caribbeans, their international team is called West Indies. It is comprised of players from several countries throughout the Caribbeans. Cricket is also popular in several other countries like Ireland, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Holland.
Women cricket is spreading faster in many parts of the world where people adore cricket. International cricket council is focusing more on televising women competition and awarding more prize money. Female cricketers are making double the money which they used to make few years back.