Cricket began in England as a child's game, but gradually evolved into a game played by adults. A court case, in 1611, against two men playing cricket instead of attending church is first reference to cricket as an adult sport.
Cricket's rules were codified in 1744 by the "Star and Garter Club," adding umpires to rule on disputes. The club became the Marylebone Cricket Club, which continues to maintain the rules of cricket and revisions as needed.
The game has grown to a major international sport in the United Kingdom and former counties of the British Empire, with a focus on attracting new fans and organizing teams in Asia, Africa and North America.Learn more about Cricket