Know what the second most popular sport in the world is?

To most people's surprise, it’s Cricket. Cricket started in South-East England and it then became the country's national sport in the 18th century. It then developed globally in the 19th and 20th centuries. Since 1844 there have been international matches. Cricket has also been recognized since 1877.

Cricket began in the United States in the 18th century. In the beginning, cricket was just as popular as baseball. Although it was never played in great numbers, the game's popularity grew.

When the U.S. Civil War started cricket had to compete with baseball for participants. Its popularity declined after this point but had a golden age with the Philadelphian cricket team. This only lasted until the start of World War I, and it declined in popularity again.

In the latter part of the 20th-century cricket returned, but in 2007, the United States of America Cricket Association was suspended by the ICC because of problems with its administration but was again recognized beginning in 2008.

Today, there are hundreds of cricket leagues all over the United States with thousands of teams.

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