Relationship between Sports (Cricket) and the British Culture Number

Relationshipbetween Sports (Cricket) and the British Culture


Relationshipbetween Sports (Cricket) and the British Culture

Thecultural definition of the United Kingdom simplified as the UK isdiverse and rich due to its historical influence on different aspectsof the region. With the region being made of Scotland, wales England,and the Northern Ireland, the cultural aspect of the region is richand strong in relation to other aspects such as sports, business,development, communication, as well as relation to the othercountries. In the modern world, whenever, we talk about sports, weare certain to talk about British sports even if we may not realizeit. Some of the common sports known in the world have had theirorigin credited to the British culture. These entail sportsactivities such as football, cricket, curling as well as rugby aresome of the team sports that have a fair share of their existence tothe British development, and cultural aspects (Breuilly, 2014). Otherindividual games included table tennis, boxing, and squash amongothers. The pattern of human activity in the UK, as well as thesymbolism related to the British people, was greatly influenced bythe UK’s history and in turn had a tremendous impact to the sportsworld. This paper focuses on the relation between sports and theBritish culture, as well as how the issue of brutishness is depictedin the chosen sport. The sport in focus is cricket, and how it’simpacted by the aspect of British culture.

Cricketis one of the earliest developed games internationally. According toJames (1963), cricket’s evolution can traced back to early 16thcentury in England there is historical aspects or development ofcricket related games, which are known to contribute somewhat to thecoining of the modern form of the game. Early development andadoption of the game by the people was experienced throughoutEngland. The development of the game continued into the 17th centurywith the game being adopted in the south east of England. The firstearliest known reference to a cricket match that was regarded withimportance was played in 1697 in Sussex England. The game continuedto undergo development into the 18th century and become a nationalsport in England. The spread of the game to other nations is greatlycredited to the British Empire. The game became well established inregions such as India, North America, South Africa, Australia, andNew Zealand among other nations (James, 1963).

Oneof the major contributions of the British culture in the cricketworld is the fact that, England contributed immensely to itsdevelopment and spread to other regions of the world. This led to theadoption of British made sport, with the rules and regulation of thegame being the same as the ones defined by the British panels. Due toits colonial power and influence among other nations, there ismassive ‘Britishness’ of the cricket sport in the world today.One element that makes cricket so British is the fact that, the sportwas originally established and developed in England, and the otherparts of the UK. Cricket is claimed to have been invented in England.In addition to its invention, England, and the British rule is deemedresponsible for the spread of the sport to the rest of the countriesglobally, hence regarded as a British influenced sport (InternationalCricket Council, 2015).

Despitethe spread of cricket globally, having its roots in England, thesport was spread out to other nations. Currently, the sport is top interms of popularity in the countries which are either format coloniesor part of the UK, and in turn it doesn’t seem to have spreadbeyond the British Empire. The prominence of the game I these regionsthat are related to the British Empire makes it remain a Britishaffair with a massive influence of its Britishness related (Breuilly,2014). The relation of cricket with the upper class, as well as itsconnection to British colonization and imperialism as the Britishsort to expand its influence to other nations globally, and in turnspreading even their cultural practices as well as sports.

Inthe modern society, the way in which the game is played or conductedit’s more of a representative of the British behavior, throughoutthe literature in the 19th and 20th centuries. This provided withreference to the cricket sport, it was filled with the language ofidealism. The sport was displayed as a manly and noble game. The gameof cricket embodied the virtues of British society which was depictedas being persistence, strength, courage, sportsmanship, camaraderie,as well as healthy rivalries. In summary, the game of cricket wasseen as a respectable game and a gentleman’s game. Through itscolonial rule, and like other colonizing powerhouses, the Britishworked hard to displace local systems of the rule as well asimplementing its British system into its colonies (Malcolm, 2012).Different organizations with the reference concerned with the sportof cricket have been formed. For example, there is the famous ICC(International Cricket Council), which is made of the countries suchas Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan,South Africa, Sri Lanka, the West Indies, and Zimbabwe, all of whichhave a direct link to the British colonial history in addition tobeing members of the commonwealth (International Cricket Council,2015, Chaulia, 2003). However, there are other affiliated to the ICC.ICC remains one of the key players with reference to the issuesrelated to the cricket, as it’s the world cricket governing bodyand in turn maintaining a massive British impact in the sportglobally (James, 1963).

Inaddition to the ICC, there is also Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC),formerly the cricket governing body in Wales and England as well asglobally. However, in 1993, its roles were transferred to the currentfunctioning body, ICC. This is another influential body that isBritish affiliated that had a massive impact on the running of thecricket sport around the globe. This in turn contributes to the ideathat the Britishness in the cricket is massive and it’s hard todiffuse it despite the spread of the game to other countries(Scalmer, 2007). Moreover, Wisden Cricketers` Almanack also referredby many as the `bible of cricket` is a literature book that isannually produced or published in the UK entailing all aspects of thesport (cricket). The publication is regarded as one of the famoussports reference book (Malcolm, 2012).

Britishhas had a massive impact on the world of sport, and as identified,the cricket world owes a lot to the British community as it’s aresult of Britishness. The British element has in turn contributed tothe success of cricket as a sport not only among its colonies, butalso in other regions of the globe. The way the game is played in therecent times such as the organization of the tournament, both at theclub and international levels there is more of Britishness depictedin its organization. It’s the ICC, which controls all thecricket-related events as well as its annual calendar of events.Despite the spread of the sport globally, the sport has remained aBritish affair, making it too British hence making it somewhat aBritish institution and in run slow development in other regions thataren’t UK affiliated in any way (Breuilly, 2014).

Inconclusion, the way the game has come undergone evolution since itsinvention, there has been a massive link to the British world withmuch of its rules, players, as well as the contributing bodies beingestablished in the UK. This in turn has maintained cricket a Britishrelated or connected sport globally. Through the countries colonialpowers, the game was spread to other regions and remains a commonsport among the British colonies, has a massive aspect ofBritishness. In a nutshell, the game is a representation of theBritish way of life with aspects such as governance, and behaviortaking the center stage.


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