Cricket Playing Countries

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Cricket Playing Countries
Cricket Playing Countries

Cricket was once known the sport of kings. Perhaps for the lazy manner that it was played.  Spread over five days, played between two teams comprising of eleven players each, on field decisions made by two umpires, teams going off the field for lunch, tea etc.  Funny it may seem, but nevertheless played with the same set of rules for over 250 years.

Played mostly in the countries which were part of the British Empire at some time the game has come to rule the way of life in some.  Though invented in England the game has travelled far across the world and progressed to a level where the inventors of the game are no longer in power of the game.  Smaller nations like the West Indies and Australia have dominated the game. 

The latest powers of the game now comprise of countries within the sub continent, namely India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, where the game assumes greater then life proportions.  It is of no wonder that that these countries today form the elite teams of the world. The game assumes proportions where countries can go to war over a wrong decision. 

Cricket ruled in countries like West Indies for a large part of the seventies and eighties.  The balance of power has now shifted in favor of Australia, who has a strong cricket academy and provides the best facilities for their players. Though other countries do come up with good performances at times the balance of power has not shifted from Australia due to the consistency of their overall performance.