As I am a great fan of cricket, my favorite game is cricket. This sport gives me much charm because Bangladesh is a rising power of cricket. Sakib Al Hasan and tamim Iqbal are the real hero of our cricket. Their charismatic style of cricket captivates me very much. So, I like cricket than any other game.
Cricket is an interesting and sensational game all over the world. It was first introduced in the U.K. in the 16th century. England and Australia are the forerunner of this sport. It is also one of the most popular games in the modern world. Now-a-days, it is not less popular than football.
There are different vertions of cricket. Such as, Test cricket, Oneday cricket and T-twenty cricket. Among these three vertions, T-twenty is the most popular format of cricket. It is the shortest vertion of modenn cricket which is played for twenty overs. As both the teams balls or bats for twenty overs, it is called T-twenty match. However, Oneday cricket is as popular as T-twenty cricket. It is a fifty over match of cricket. Whereas, Test cricket is the longest vertionn of cricket. Such match is played for five days. Maximum four innings can be played in this format. It is older than any other vertion of cricket. In this format, a player has enough time to show his skill, art and charisma of playing cricket.
Cricket is played between two teams of eleven players each. There are three small wooden post called wickets. The players score runs by running from one end to other end. Each of the wickets is at one end of a rectangle of flattened grass called the pitch. Around the pitch is a much larger oval of grass called the cricket ground. There is 30 yard circle between the ground. The main pitch is about 22 yards. It is a battle of ball and bat. While one team bats trying to score as many runs as possible without losing any wicket. In the same time, the balling side balls one by one trying to get wicket without giving any run. Thus the balling side trys to limit the scoring rate of batting side. Each side has a captain who selects baller and batter. The game starts after toss. The toss winner captain decides whether they will first bat or ball. The balling side has also a wicket keeper who stands before the stamps. All other players of the balling side are known as fielders. A batting team can bat up to ten wickets and a baller can grab ten wickets as well. Six balls are legally allowed in a single over.
Cricket does not require much instruments to kick on. It normally needs one ball, two bats three stamps, two bells. Shoes, trousers, gloves, guard, jersey Etc are also necessary for the players respectively. There are two umpires, a TV or third Umpire and match referee to conduct a cricket match.
The rules of cricket is mentioned and declared by International Cricket Council (ICC) and Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC). There are ten types of wicket in cricket. Such as, Catch out, LBW, Run out, Hit out, Stamping, Bold out, Time out Etc. a batsman can score one to six runs by hitting the ball. Single, double and triple run can collected by running from one end to other of the pitch. On the other hand, if a batter can send the ball out of the field without any drop or bounce, he will score six runs. . if a ball crosses the boundry line scrolling, bouncing or dropping, it will be a boundry or four runs. Wide ball, No ball give some extra runs to the batting side.
To remove controversy from cricket, modern technology has been introduced by ICC. Ball tracking, ultra edge, TV Umpire, review system, Hawk-eye, DrS m Etc are the example of such technology in modern cricket. Negative points, match fee deduction, suspension for shorter or longer period of time, and some other penalties are enforced to curb ball tempering, sleazing, match fixing, bating, misbehavior of the players.
Different national and international cricket tournament are arranged across the year in many countries. Cricket world cup is the biggest and most enjoyable event of cricket. It was first arranged in 1972. It is held after every four years. ICC champion trophy and Asia cup are also popular event of cricket. Sometimes, bilateral or tri nation series are organized among the cricket nations. National league and international league have become very popular in different parts of the world. BPL, IPL, Bigbash, Caribbean league are internationally well-known. When there is any big event in cricket, cricket fever is high. During cricket season absenteeism is very common. Presence in colleges and offices decline sharply.
Cricket is called a gentleman’s game. This game creates friendship and cooperation among the players. Like other sports, it also brings discipline, regulation, abeyance in their personal character. However, cricket is a profitable game by which a cricketer can be millionaire overnight. A player can earn a huge money as well as reputation at a time through this game. Even they become hero or role model locally and internationally. Young generation always tries to follow them in their carrier. Many companies sponsored the famous cricketers and the players act as the brand ambassador of their company.
Cricket spreads enthusiasm, enjoyment, brotherhood all over the world. it gives strength, stamina, fitness to the players too. Since, Cricket brings both inspiration and pleasure, I love this game very much.