A bat-and-ball team sport that is first documented as being played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, cricket had developed to the point where it had become the national sport of England. The expansion of the British Empire led to cricket being played overseas and by the mid-19th century the first international matches were being held. Today, the games governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), has 104 member countries. With its greatest popularity in the Test playing countries, cricket is the world's second most popular sport after Association football.
kay, im an american and a big mets fan so ill try and explain in the terms of baseball. so basically there is a stretch of land that is sort of like the space from the pitcher to the batter. it is called the pitch. at one end is the batsmen(batter) and at the other end is the bowler(pitcher). the bowler throws the ball without bending his elbow and usually bounces it. the batsmen has to block the ball from hitting the wickets (getting a strike). however unlike in baseball, if the ball hits the wicket only once the batter is out. the field is round and the batter can hit the ball in any direction. when he hits he has the option to run. he has to run from the batters box to the other end of the pitch to get a run, if he passes a certain line or (gets out of the batters box) the other team can get him out by hitting the wickets. so if he hits and run to get a run and the ball hits the wickets before he gets there, he is out. this is called a runout. a ball that is caught is also an out. there is only one inning in cricket. and the object of the game is to limit the number of runs the oppostion gets. this can be done in two ways. getting an entire team out, or completeing a certain number of overs. an over is 6 balls. the fielders in cricket wear no gloves. if the batter hits the ball and it reaches to the end of the field and rolls to the boundry (hits the wall) the batter is awarded 4 runs automatically. If it flys over the boundry (home run) it yeilds 6 runs. the team with the most runs wins. i think thats pretty much it, but there are technicalities such as LBW and wide ball that you will learn after watching a few videos of on youtube. and its actully pretty fun to play, and thats coming from a guy who watches baseball all the time.