When Was Cricket Invented?
When was cricket invented? This is a question asked by many people, and one that deserves an answer. There are many theories about the game’s origins, including when it first began, in England, India, or North America. This article aims to answer this question and provide an accurate timeline for when the game started. It’s important to note, though, that no single country is credited as the first to invent cricket.
The origins of cricket are uncertain, but it may have originated from bat-and-ball games. It is likely that the game first began in the Punjab region of southern Asia and later migrated through Persia and Constantinople. By the eighth century, it was played in the Mediterranean area and was sometimes sponsored by church authorities. The game came to England with the Normans during their conquest of the Saxons in 1066.
Origins in England
The exact origins of cricket are still unknown, but manuscripts from the 12th and 13th centuries have revealed the game’s early forms. Prince Edward of England was said to have played the game, called creag, in the year 1300. The word cricket may have originally referred to the wicket or bat, but some claim the game also has an Old English origin, as krick means stick, cricc means crutch, and cryce means staff.
Origins in India
History documents the origins of cricket in India from several perspectives. Its development was spurred by British colonial dominance. The sport gained popularity in India with the arrival of English merchants, who brought with them expertise and knowledge of Indian waters. A few centuries later, the English settled in Bombay, which is now Mumbai, and later established a trading settlement on the Hooghly River, which became Calcutta. As the game gained popularity in the native population, its origins shifted from the British to the Parsi.
Origins in North America
The game of cricket began in Britain in the 17th century and spread quickly throughout the British colonies. The first written rules of cricket were set up in London in 1744, and in the New York Weekly Gazette and Post Boy of 29 April 1751, a match report referred to the “London method.”
Origins in Australia
There is a lot of romanticism surrounding the origins of cricket in Australia, but this is only partly true. The country’s constitution and economy are still based on white man’s interests, and cricket is an entirely white-owned sport. In fact, many people take cricket for granted, and fail to acknowledge that the game is a reflection of the white man’s worldview in an empire-ruled outpost.
Origins in Canada
The first documented cricket matches in Canada were played in 1785 near the town of Ile-Ste-Helene, Quebec. The location was a former site of the buildings of the Montreal Exposition. The exact date of this first game is uncertain, but historians are almost unanimous in the belief that it was played in the province after the Plains of Abraham battle in 1759. The match was arranged at the grounds of the Toronto Cricket Club, which was on College Street near Queen’s Park.