Cricket is a sport with eleven players on each side, in which the objective is for one side to score more runs than the other side. There are many forms of the game, played over as many as five days, but each form of the game follows similar rules.
One team will start out as the fielding team, putting eleven players on the field in a configuration largely of their choosing. Two players from the opposing team, known as batsmen, will stand at opposite ends of the pitch in the center of the field, while a player from the fielding team will bowl the ball towards the batsman. The batsman will then attempt to strike the ball in a manner that allows them to score runs, either by hitting the ball towards the boundary of the field, or far enough away from the fielders that the batsmen have time to run between each end of the pitch, thus scoring runs.
Batsmen are dismissed in a number of ways, including if the ball topples the top of the stumps behind them, or if the ball comes off the bat and is caught by a member of the fielding team before the ball hits the ground.
When every player from the batting team has had a turn at bat, then the teams will swap roles, and the fielding team will become the batting team, and attempt to exceed the run total of the opposing team.
The sport of cricket is governed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in England and Wales, by Cricket Scotland in Scotland and by the Irish Cricket Union in Northern Ireland. From 2013 to 2017, Sport England invested a total of roughly 20 million British pounds into the ECB, of which the majority was funded into improving cricket participation. In 2017 the ECB had a turnover of approximately 119 million million British pounds, Cricket Scotland had a turnover of roughly 2.3 million British pounds and the Irish Cricket Union generated an income of close to 6 million euros.
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