What is cricket?

Cricket is undoubtedly one of the most mysterious and enigmatic phenomena in the world of sport. On the other hand, in countries where the discipline is established, its importance often extends beyond the scope of sport. One can therefore - while maintaining all proportions - even talk about a cultural or civilization puzzle.
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It is an incredible paradox that the oldest team sport - a discipline that in many respects can be treated as a source of other team games, remains at best the subject of jokes and mockery. On one side are England and the Commonwealth of Nations, where cricket is an integral part of not only the world of sport, but of life as such. The rest of the world is at the opposite extreme, knocking indulgently on the forehead at the slogan cricket.
What is behind such a divergent view? How is it that sports far less popular in terms of mass and audience size, such as water polo or field hockey with korfball or netball (with due respect for these disciplines), not to mention, do not trigger such reactions?

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The first and root cause is undoubtedly principles; the second - terminology. But how to explain the fact that a person who has never been to a match of the above-mentioned games; who has never practiced any of these disciplines, but has never had any contact with them, seated in the stands or in front of the TV set, is able to easily identify the winner and even if not the exact result, at least assess the distance between the two teams? In cricket, even that can be difficult, and this seems to be the main reason for the reluctance to this discipline.
The case with cricket is such that the rules governing this sport do not match what the average fan knows from other team games. In order to understand these rules, you need to go to a little more trouble and first "clear your mind" of accretions from other team sports. The point is, in all of the other games we have a constant "punch swap"; the constant twists and turns that move from one side to the other; some of them score goals / points, and the other.
In cricket, tasks are strictly defined and assigned. The basic thing is to hit balls and throw them. Those who roll do not score; only those who hit balls with special clubs get them.
In - let's call it - the classic form of cricket, called test matches, is played 'till you drop'. Each team consists of 11 players (hence the same number in football), but the team that scores the points is represented on the field by two players at the moment. When one of them makes a mistake or one of the rivals manages to "hunt" him, the player leaves the field and another one appears in his place. The game continues until the tenth is eliminated; You cannot score points alone. One part of the game is over and after the necessary break we go back to the game, of course the roles change.
Thanks to the youngest and the shortest cricket formula, which is limited by the number of balls thrown - each team throws a maximum of 120 times (in 20 series of 6 balls; hence the name Twenty20), cricket has gained a lot of popularity and its geographical range has significantly increased widened. The best proof of the truthfulness of these words is the fact that during the next two weekends in Warsaw, the competition in the fifth edition of the Polish Cricket Cup will take place, in the formula of Twenty20.
Since 2009, Eurosport has been showing the world championship in this variant, as well as the Champions League. Broadcasts popularize, or at least bring closer to the Polish audience both the specificity of the discipline and its rules. Nothing, however, is conducive to deepening the knowledge of a phenomenon so much as being able to watch it live.
On May 30-31, at 3 Romantyczna Street, on the premises of Promenada Country Club in the Wawer district of Warsaw, the qualifying phase of the Polish Cricket Cup V will take place. From the next Thursday, Corpus Christi, the competition will continue - finishing the qualifying phase, group stage matches, semi-finals (Saturday, June 6). On Sunday, June 7 from 9:00 am the match and the 5th place; from 12:30 - 3rd place and from 16:00 the final.
This is one of the few opportunities not only to take a closer look at the phenomenon that is passionate about about 1.5 billion people in the world; which are among the most characteristic attributes of British civilization; who have dabbled in many celebrities of various sports, including the king of sprint Usain Bolt, or the English footballers Sir Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker. Read more: cricketschedule.com