Cricket has been around for centuries, originating in a part of Britain and then being exported around the world, mostly to former colonies that punished England appropriately by then beating them at it constantly. Cricket is the parent of rounders and baseball, as well as still being a very popular sport in its own right. Matches between nations take entire days, while even a regular game can take a full day to play.
Cricket has one of the great advantages in Britain of being a sport that is very popular with people whose families have been there for centuries as well as those whose families came more recently from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, South Africa, and beyond. This means it is very common to see players of color appearing in local clubs all over Britain, even in areas that are still overwhelmingly white - and, of course, people who play together become friends, meaning cricket is a terrific way for people to bond.
Cricket is also very cheap to play - you need one bat, one ball, and a couple sticks, which makes it very democratic. It is played from the slums of Kolkata to the prestigious home of cricket itself, Lord's Cricket Ground in St John's Wood, London, where the top players on the planet come together to compete for the Ashes, Test matches, and the World Cup itself.
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