The Origin and History of cricket is a confusing yet interesting subject. The Evidence of cricket being played in Guildford, Surrey is believed to date back to 1550 (approx). In 1598, Cricket was mentioned in Florio’s Italian-English dictionary. In 1610, Reference to “cricketing” between Weald and Upland near Chevening, Kent also makes the round in the web if one searches “History of Cricket”. But, there has always been a consensus of expert opinion that cricket may have been invented during Saxon or Norman times by children living in the Weald, an area of dense woodlands and clearings in south-east England.
Let’s check out some eventful dates and try to unearth the History of Cricket
The first reference of Cricket played by adults
Jasper Vinall, the first man killed playing cricket: hit by a bat while trying to catch the ball – Sussex.
The first reference of teams playing with 11 players
Cricket match announced on Clapham Common.
The first reference of teams using county names
First recorded match at Artillery grounds
First written laws of cricket and subsequently amended
First known women’s match in Surrey
End of a rolling ball and hockey styled bat, the straight bat was launched
Foundation of the Hambledon Club in Hampshire, the leading club in England for the next 30 years.
First recorded century by John Minshull
Formation of Marylebone Cricket Club by members of the White Conduit Club, Lords
The first case of LBW
Cricket reached West Indies and India
First Oxford v Cambridge match, at Lord’s. A draw.
MCC authorise the bowler to raise his hand level with the elbow.
John Nyren publishes his classic Young Cricketer’s Tutor and The Cricketers of My Time.
The invention of batting pads
First North v South match, for many years, regarded as the principal fixture of the season.
General Lord Hill, commander-in-chief of the British Army, orders that a cricket ground be made an adjunct of every military barracks.
History of International Cricket
The first-ever international cricket game was between the US and Canada
A team of leading English professionals set off to North America on the first-ever overseas tour
the first English team toured Australia.
team of Australian Aborigines toured England in what was the first Australian cricket team to travel overseas
an England touring team in Australia played two matches against full Australian XIs that are now regarded as the inaugural Test matches.
the Australians toured England for the first time and the success of this tour ensured a popular demand for similar ventures in future
Ashes is born in Oval, Australia’s first win on English soil
England regained the ashes.
South Africa became the third Test nation
cricket made its one and only appearance at the Olympics, England played France and won.
The Imperial Cricket Conference was formed to administrate the game, primarily from an English perspective, with England, South Africa and Australia being its founder members.
First and only triangular Test series played in England, involving England, Australia and South Africa.
Victoria scores 1,107 v New South Wales at Melbourne, the record total for a first-class inning.
West Indies first international test match
New Zealand’s first Test match.Donald Bradman’s first tour of England: scores 974 runs in the five Ashes Tests, still a record for most runs in a Test series.
India’s first test match
First women’s test, England vS Australia
First five-day Tests in England.Bradman concludes Test career with a second-ball duck at The Oval and a batting average of 99.94 – four runs short of 100.
Pakistan’s first test match
England regain ashes after 19 years
First tied test. Australia vs West Indies
South Africa excluded from international cricket
First one-day international: Australia v England at Melbourne.
First World Cup: West Indies beat Australia in final at Lord’s.
First women’s match at Lord’s, England v Australia.
Graham Yallop of Australia wears a protective helmet to bat in a Test match, the first player to do so
Eight-ball over abolished in Australia, making the six-ball over universal.
England beat Australia in Leeds Test, after following on with bookmakers offering odds of 500 to 1 against them winning.
Sri Lanka’s first Test match
India lifted the world cup stunning mighty West Indies
South Africa return, with a one-day international in India.
The ICC ceases to be administered by MCC, becoming an independent organisation with its own chief executive.
Brian Lara of Warwickshire becomes the only player to pass 500 in first-class innings: 501 not out v Durham.
Pakistan beat England and won the WorldCup against the odds
South Africa’s captain Hansie Cronje banned from cricket for life after admitting receiving bribes from bookmakers in the match-fixing scandal. Darkest days for the game.Bangladesh’s first Test match.T-20 cricket was born.
Twenty20 Cup, a 20-over-per-side evening tournament, inaugurated in England.
Lara becomes the first man to score 400 in a Test inning, against England.
Pakistan forfeits a Test at The Oval after being accused of ball-tampering.
India creates history by beating Pakistan and lifting the inaugural T-20 World Cup
IPL was founded. Monkey gate scandal.
Terror attack on Sri Lankan cricket team at Lahore, Pakistan. International Cricket boycotted ever since on Pakistan.
The spot-fixing scandal happened in August, during Pakistan’s tour of England and then captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned by the ICC for their involvement
The God, Sachin Tendulkar hangs his boots after 23 years at the top.IPL spot-fixing scandal.
Afghanistan and Ireland got Full-Member status
England for the first time lifts the 50 over World cup. Zimbabwe Cricket Board got banned.
History of Indian Cricket
British brought Cricket to India
First match played
the Parsi community in Bombay formed the OrientalCricket Club, the first cricket club to be established by Indians
India made its debut as a Test-cricket-playing-nation in England, led by CK Nayudu,
The team’s first series as an independent country was against Australia at Brisbane. Australia were led by Sir Don Bradman while India was led by Lala Amarnath.
India’s first ever Test victory came against England at Madras. India’s first series victory was against Pakistan later the same year
first series win over England
India won their first series outside the subcontinent against New Zealand.
The Little Master, Sunil Gavaskar made his debut for India in the West Indies and immediately made an impact, scoring a total of 774 runs for the series and helping India to a 1-0 series win, their first ever win over the West Indies.
India won the Cricket World Cup, defeating West Indies in an exciting final.
India won the World Championship of Cricket in Australia.
The era of the God of Cricket has begun, debut of sachin
Sir Donald Bradman himself remarked that Tendulkar batting style was similar to his, this ended the debate of Lara vs Sachin for many, atleast to Indians.
The great shock, Fixing saga. Indians started boycotting its religion.
Dadagiri era begins.Epic test series vs Aus, India won 2-1.Match referee Mike Denness banned six India players after what he deemed to be bad behaviour in their Test away to South Africa. The ICC was accused of racism and a bias against India. Wanna Know more? (link) Sachin Tendulkar, was charged with ball tampering and suspended for one game.
Runners-up in ODI World Cup. lost only to Australia twice, in final too.
309 against Pakistan in Multan. Guess who? First Indian to achieve the feat.
Horror in ODI World CupWon inaugural T-20 World Cup. Mahi wave start. Full details.
IPL started. The commencement of new style of Indian cricket.Monkeygate scandal.
Mahi does it again. India won the ODI World Cup, for the 2nd time.
IPLfixing reports starts surfacing.
Few teams were banned along with few famed players. Details….
No. 1 ranked test team in the world successively for 3 consecutive years.
History of women’s cricket
the first known match was played in Surrey.
First recorded women’s county match: Surrey v Hampshire at Ball’s Pond, London
The first women’s cricket club was formed at Nun Appleton in Yorkshire and named the White Heather Club
The Women’s Cricket Association was founded
the Australian Women’s Cricket Association was founded
first Women’s Test match between England and Australia in December
The International Women’s Cricket Council was formed.Betty Wilson of Australia became the first player, male or female, to record a century and ten wickets in a Test match against England at the MCG
The first Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in England
Lord’s staged its first women’s Test match between England and Australia
The Women’s Cricket Association handed over the running of women’s cricket in England to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
After the eighth Women’s World Cup, the International Women’s Cricket Council was officially integrated under the umbrella of the International Cricket Council, and an ICC Women’s Cricket Committee was formed to consider all matters relating to women’s cricket.
The first World Cup held under the auspices of the ICC was won by England, the first English team of either sex to win an ICC competition.
England batsman Claire Taylor was named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year, the first woman to be honoured with the award in its 120-year history.
History of Indian Women Cricket team
Women’s Cricket Association of India was formed.The first Women’s Inter-State Nationals was held in Pune.WCAI received the International Women’s Cricket Council (IWCC) membership.
The inter zonal limited overs tournament – the Rani Jhansi Trophy – was held at Kanpur.
International women’s cricket was played in India vs Australia
The first Test match won by India was in the presence of 25,000 spectators when West Indies were beaten at Patna
2nd women World cup held in India for the first time.WCAI received Government recognition.
Gap of cricket.
India won their first ODI series vs New Zealand.
the World Cup was held, for the 2nd time. Semi Finalists
Again knocked out of semifinals
Champions of Asia.
Runners up of ODI World Cup.
For the first time lost the title of Asia cup vs Malaysia