Volume 93, Issue 16

Friday, September 24, 1999


Western poised to battle York

Rugby to train with other fall sports

Falcons and Jets, better luck next year

Millenium moment

The history of a really wicket game

The history of a really wicket game

Dressed in white and wearing padding all over his body, he steps onto the field. He looks like a soldier carrying the bat in his hand. He steps up in front of the wicket and prepares himself. The bowler rushes forward and then a red ball comes screaming to the wicket. He watches the ball coldly, steps forward and in the same motion, hits the ball. The ball rockets out of the oval for six runs.

This terminology may sound fairly distant, but for millions around the world, the words of cricket are as common as hockey sticks are for Canadians. Cricket is a game with mysterious beginnings. No one is quite sure exactly where cricket first began, but its history is undoubtedly as long as it is mysterious.

The first recorded game in cricket history occurred in the late 16th century at Guildford in Surrey. The first known rules were not written until 1744. This was the beginning of cricket as a major sport. By 1787 the Marylbone Cricket Club was formed. It would later become the governing body of cricket throughout the world.

Cricket remained in England for many years. However, with the advent of the British empire, the game was quickly spread throughout the world. Today it is popular in such places as the West Indies, India, Pakistan and New Zealand.

Countries cricket stars have become icons to their native nations. Pakistan's great Imran Khan is currently a major politician in his home country, while the current all time run scorer, batsman Brian Lara, has his own street and holiday named after him.

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