Will cricket become a truly global sport?
Have you ever thought about the fact that there are many sports that are popular only in particular areas of the world? One of them is cricket. This bat and ball game originated in the 16th century in England, but it sparked international interest and spread across the world in the 19th century. It is played by two teams of eleven, whose goal is to hit a ball on an oval field and score runs.
Areas of interest around the world
This sport is divided into three types: first-class cricket, one-day cricket, and single-wicket cricket. The first lasts longer, three or more days. A prominent league example of that format is Twenty20, often abbreviated as T20. It is recognized as the most professional level by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It is also considered the most energetic and intense form of cricket that demands higher levels of endurance, reaction time, durability and intelligence from all players, regardless of their position in the team.
One-day cricket sounds pretty clear: the match is completed in one day. In general, it is preferable for the public, since they can see the entire event without having to be absent from their daily tasks for a few days in a row. The countries where the national competitions are held are Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. The Australian JLT One Day Cup is a 50 overs tournament that started in 1969 and continues to this day.
Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League in Bangladesh is a relatively new competition. He has been on List A since 2013. India is also very fond of cricket and supports the Indian Premier League, the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, the Indian Cricket League and a few others. Single wicket cricket is played between two people, who take turns batting and playing against each other and the one who scores the most runs becomes the champion. Not surprisingly, this version is often a tradition in local clubs and not on the professional field.
An opportunity to spread throughout the world?
This will most likely never happen as people would always prefer more traditional sports like soccer, basketball, volleyball etc. Most fans don’t like change and stick to traditions established by their predecessors in the family.
Especially in Europe, hardly anyone talks about cricket while drinking a beer or eating a hamburger with their peers. For example, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany: Can you imagine the population there intrigued by cricket? That would mean a complete change in culture, lifestyle, and habits. This may seem quite pessimistic for the countries listed in the previous paragraph, but it seems to be the truth. However, we must respect all kinds of sports no matter how famous they are.