|Governing Body:||International Cricket Council (ICC)|
Cricket, often referred to as "Gentleman’s game" is the national sport of England. It is a bat and ball game that was evolved in England in the 16th century, and with time it spread around the world.
Today, cricket is a popular sport in England, Australia, the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), South Africa, New Zealand, the West Indies and a few other countries such as Afghanistan, Ireland, Kenya, Scotland, the Netherlands and Zimbabwe.
The main aim of the game is to score more runs than the opponent by hitting fours, sixes and running between the wickets to win the match.
Officially the game consists of two teams of 11 players each. At the time of the play the bowling team has 11, and the batting team has 2 players on the field. Substitutions are also allowed in exceptional circumstances.
The game is played on a circular or an oval-shaped grassy field which is known as ‘Cricket Ground’ or ‘Cricket Stadium' the ground consists of a flat rectangular shaped pitch on which the game is executed. It is 22 yards long and 10 feet wide and has distinct markings that define the creases according to the laws of cricket.
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Brian Charles lara is a former Trinidadian Cricketer who is regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all times has a no. of cricketing records under his name. He has left his remarkable Test performaces on many occasions and is also set the highest individual record in First Class Cricket in 1994 for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston which is the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket till date.