How to Play Cricket....... !!

      Cricket is a complex game. Each team contains eleven players and these teams
       take turns to bat and bowl. The batting side uses two players at either end of the
       wicket. The bowling side uses one bowler whilst the remaining 10 players are
       fielders. The object of the game is to score more runs than the opposition. A run is
       awarded each time the batsman hits the ball and runs the 22 yards to the return
       crease. His partner runs in the opposite direction to reach the batting crease. He
       then faces the next delivery. This is known as a single.

       There is no limit to the number of runs that can be scored off each delivery,
       however if the ball reaches the boundary the batsman is awarded four runs. If the
       ball reaches the boundary without touching the ground he is awarded six runs. Most
       players become proficient at either batting or bowling. There are some however,
       who excel at both, they are known as allrounders.

       The aim of the bowler is to dismiss the batsman. There are several ways of
       achieving this:

         1.The ball hits one of the three stumps that the batsman is trying to protect.
         2.The ball hits the batsmanís legs on its way towards the stumps. The umpire
            then has to decide if the batsmanís legs prevented the ball from striking the
            stumps. If he felt they did, he will give the batsman out LBW (Leg Before
         3.When hitting the ball the batsman is caught by one of the fielders.
         4.The batsman can be stumped by the wicketkeeper. The wicketkeeper is a
            fielder who stands behind the stumps. If the batsman leaves the crease whilst
            playing a shot and misses the ball, the wicketkeeper can dismiss the batsman
            by hitting the stumps with the ball.
         5.Whilst attempting to score runís, the batsman can be run out. The fielding
            side can throw the ball to either end of the crease, usually to the bowler or
            wicketkeeper, or directly at the stumps. If the ball hits the stumps before the
            batsman has reached the crease he is run out.
         6.The batsman is also out if he hits the stumps with his bat or any part of his

       If a batsman is out, the next player comes in to replace him. The bowling side aim
       to dismiss 10 of their opponents. If they achieve this then the batting team is all out.
       The teams then change positions and the new batting team attempt to score more
       runs than the opposition.

       It often takes a long time to remove all the opposition; therefore restrictions are
       made to the time the batting team are allowed or the number of overs they receive.
       An over is made up of six deliveries from the bowler. Once the over has been
       completed a different bowler must be used and they will bowl from the opposite
       end to their team-mate. This is known as limited overs cricket. The teams who
       score the most runs in their allocation of overs are the winners.

       Historically cricket was only played in a handful of countries where it was
       introduced by the empire building British. However, cricket is becoming
       increasingly popular, particularly since the introduction of the cricket world cup.
       The game is developing in countries from Belgium to China, usually following an
       introduction from ex-patriots.