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History of Cricket in IndiaCricket is the unofficial national sport of India, and its development has been closely tied up with the history of the country, mirroring many of the political and cultural developments around issues such as race, caste, religion and nationality. Though cricket is indubitably the most popular sport in India, it is not the nation's national sport (a distinction held by field hockey).
Cricket, like field hockey, was first introduced to India by the British. The earliest recorded match was played in 17211 by British sailors on shore leave. With the expansion of British rule throughout the subcontinent, the British took the game with them wherever they went. However, the early history of the game was focused largely on the large cities, particularly Bombay (now Mumbai).
The first Indians to play the game at a high level were the Parsi minority in Bombay. Beginning in 1892, an annual match was played between the Parsis and the Europeans. In 1907, this became a triangular tournament with the Hindus fielding a team, and in 1912 a Muslim team entered what was for twenty years the biggest tournament in Indiathe Bombay Quadrangular.
Among the biggest stars in the early years of Indian cricket were the four Palwankar brothers, Shivram, Ganpat and Vithal but particularly the slow left-arm bowler, Palwankar Baloo. This was particularly noteworthy as the Palwankars were from one of the untouchable castes. Treated as equals on the cricket field, off-field they often faced discrimination. This changed slowly; however, Palwankar Vithal did eventually captain the Hindu team in the quadrangular.
The formation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 1929 led to a first Test match with England three years later. In 1935, the Ranji Trophy began; it continues to the present as the leading regional tournament in India, with each state fielding a team. The trophy was a deliberate attempt to avoid the communalism of the quadrangular tournament.
The Indian cricket team has won one Cricket World Cup, in 1983. India also reached the finals in 2003, but lost to Australia. In recent years, Indian cricket has been marked by the intense and occasionally violent rivalry with Pakistan. Furthermore, there were several scandals related to match fixing and gambling, but these were not restricted to India; they plagued several different teams.
International cricket in India generally does not follow a fixed pattern like, for example, the English schedule under which the nation tours other countries during winter and plays at home during the summer. Generally, there has recently been a tendency to play more one-day matches than Test matches.
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And they said..August 2007 I really do not know exactly why the BCCI has shown scant interest in me.
Erapalli Prasanna, talking to Rediff. From what I gather they are seeking to run what I can call within quotes unofficial cricket.
Malcolm Speed, the ICC's chief executive about ICL. In this fight between the two giants, I dont want players to suffer. Why should players have swords hanging over their heads?
Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, looking into a case concerning BCCI misusing its power against ICL. They (BCCI officials) talk as if they work for free.
Kapil Dev, Chairman of ICL's executive board, in response to BCCI officials accusation that he joined ICL only for money.
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- Tuesday, Nov 6, 2007 : 1st ODI at Faridabad
- Friday, Nov 9, 2007 : 2nd ODI at Mohali
- Monday, Nov 12, 2007 : 3rd ODI at Kanpur
- Thursday, Nov 15, 2007 : 4th ODI at Gwalior
- Sunday, Nov 18, 2007 : 5th ODI at Jaipur
- Thursday, Nov 22-26, 2007 : 1st Test at Delhi
- Friday, Nov 30 - Dec 4, 2007 : 2nd Test at Kolkata
- Saturday, Dec 8-12, 2007 : 3rd Test at Bangalore
- Wed 26, Dec 2007 - Sun 30, Dec 2007 : First Test at Melbourne
- Wed 02, Jan 2008 - Sun 06, Jan 2008 : Second Test at Sydney
- Wed 16, Jan 2008 - Sun 20, Jan 2008 : Third Test at Perth
- Thu 24, Jan 2008 - Mon 28, Jan 2008 : Fourth Test at Adelaide Oval
- Fri 01, Feb 2008 : Twenty20 International at Melbourne