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In this lesson
-Discover basic aspects of cricket.
-Learn the rules of the game.
-Acquaint yourself with the vocabulary of the game - whcih is probably more complicated than the game itself.
Extension activities
-What is your favorite sport?  Can you describe the aim and main features of the game in only 2 or 3 sentences?
-If a friend did not know anything about your favorite sport, how would you try to get your friend interested in it?
Explore Further
Books about cricket for children:  Stories, fiction, rules, learning skills, coaching and famous players.

An article:  Why You Should Care About Cricket
from ESPN

Cricket: Not Just a Stick and Ball Game

Download a PDF of this article here


Keywords: batsman, bowled, bowler, cricket diplomacy, cricket rules, current events, displacement, gully, how to play cricket, ICC Cricket World Cup, International Cricket Council (ICC), Lords, national pride, one day international, pitch, power of sports, Ranji Trophy, refugee, rules of cricket, slip, spirit of cricket, sports and politics, sports diplomacy, stumped, T20, umpire, war, wicket keeper, wicket, ODI, ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup

Essential Questions:

1.    Describe instances when a sporting event is more than entertainment to the audience.

2.    Should we keep politics out of sports?

3.    Can you think of games or tournaments where sports became a proxy fight for social justice?

4.    If sports are so influential, what responsibilities must teams and athletes assume?  Is this fair on them?

5.    Have you watched movies, TV programs or other media about sports or set in the world of sports? Which were most memorable and why?

From our June 2019 Newsletter

ICC World Cup Cricket 2019 is on now. The last tournament in 2015 is thought to have been watched by more than 2.2 Billion viewers. Should we care how many people are watching something? Maybe/maybe not - but it is interesting to peek into this game that is so much more than a game to so many people.

Some highlights of this tournament: Ten countries are playing - Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies. It will be played from May 30-July 14, 2019. The format is One Day International (ODI). 

So much more than a game – the Afghanistan cricket team came out of refugee camps to the World Cup; Rashid Khan , the best T20 bowler in the World survived war and displacement to become a superstar; at the Women's World Cup in 2017 (and yes, women play cricket) games were watched by more than 50 million viewers before the final itself; and of course, all this becomes big business - but that's another story.

More reading

Cricket 101

Some useful links to rules and spirit of the game

Downloads and games



World Cup 2011 Logo and Mascot of the Indian Cricket TeamLogo of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and the mascot of the Indian Cricket Team




Updated June 2019