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This article is about the sport. For the insect, see Cricket (insect). For other uses, see Cricket (disambiguation). "Cricketer" redirects here. For other uses, see Cricketer (disambiguation). [pic]
|Cricket | |[pic] | |A bowler bowling to a batsman. The paler strip is the cricket pitch. The two | |sets of three wooden stumps on the pitch are the wickets. The two white lines | |are the creases. | |Highestgoverning body |International Cricket Council | |First played |16th century (modern) | |Characteristics | |Team members |11 players per side | | |substitute fielders (only) are permitted in | | |cases of injury or illness | |Mixed gender |Single | |Categorization |Team, Bat-and-ball | |Equipment |Cricket ball, cricket bat, | | |wicket: stumps, bails | |Venue |Cricket field | |Olympic |1900 Summer Olympics only |
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the runs scored by the batting team. A run is scored by the striking batsman...