Not everyone knows about the sport known as “The Gentleman’s Game.” However, in the UK it is the popular sport aside from football as it can be traced back to the times when kings and princes could be found playing together with their knights and soldiers. And that’s what makes this game last even until today. In fact, one of the most anticipated tournaments in the world of cricket is ongoing–the Ashes Test tournament.
But before we go a bit further than that, here is a list of the ten types of cricket you should know about if you love the sport;
Twenty20– it was first introduced and played on 2003 in the UK, however, its popularity spread to all other cricket-playing nations. Each team has a quota of 20 overs and race whoever completes it first.
First-Class– it is the oldest type of cricket which has been practiced long before the test matches were played. There are many similarities between the two types, however, this type has three-day duration while the other one may reach up to five days.
Test– among other types, this is the most challenging and is known to be the ultimate test of all cricketers. It is the most accurate yardstick if you are going to measure a team’s effort and capabilities.
Club– it is often the most recognizable amateur match in the world of cricket. Although amateur in nature, it is when aspiring cricketers learn how to observe the laws of the game. It is often played with too much seriousness on both teams competing.
One-Day– as what the name denotes this tournament must have a winner in a day. It is often played with colored uniforms and white balls; more often, it is the best alternative to 5-day matches and can attract huge number of spectators especially the international matches.
County– if you are living in the UK, you must be familiar with this type as it is often played in the counties. More often, it is a competition between two counties to prove who has more superior members. Moreover, it is most popular in England.
List A– it is new type introduced by International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2006. Those who created this type have been requesting ICC to recognize it as a new part of the cricket world.
Short Form– for people who do not have much time watching the match for eight hours, Short Form of Cricket is the best alternative. Basically, all the elements of the game is compressed into this type, however, a match is over after about two hours.
Kwik– for parents who want to develop their children to become of the most popular cricketers in the world, this type is the best starting point. It is designed specifically for children who love the sport. Instead of the official bats and balls, the children are given plastic bats and balls to avoid injury.
Indoor– as the name suggests, this type is often played in smaller stadiums which means that is it also quicker than the traditional cricket match. You can seldom witness this type of cricket.