Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the runs scored by the batting team. A run is scored by the striking batsman hitting the ball with his bat, running to the opposite end of the pitch and touching the crease there without being dismissed. The teams switch between batting and fielding at the end of an innings.
In professional cricket the length of a game ranges from 20 overs of six bowling deliveries per side to Test cricket played over five days. The Laws of Cricket are maintained by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) with additional Standard Playing Conditions for Test matches and One Day Internationals.
Cricket was first played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, it had developed into the national sport of England. The expansion of the British Empire led to cricket being played overseas and by the mid-19th century the first international matches were being held. The ICC, the game’s governing body, has 10 full members. The game is played particularly in Australasia, the Indian subcontinent, the West Indies, Southern Africa and the British Isles.
Willow Cricket is the only 24×7 American cricket channel, dedicated to showing cricket matches and cricket-based programs. The channel broadcasting rights are owned by Willow TV in the United States.
Cricket Plus was launched in 2006 as a premium channel for South Asian viewers on DirecTV and this channel also debuted in Canada as ATN Cricket Plus, owned by ATN. Cricket Plus broadcasts cricket matches, including the Cricket World Cup, and several cricket-based programs from TEN Sports. Cricket Plus was renamed Willow Cricket in 2010.Basically is the Star Cricket of USA
PTV Sports is a 24-hour Pakistani sports channel; owned by Pakistan Television Corporation. PTV Sports was launched on 17 December 2011. Its test transmission began emanating from AsiaSat 3S at an orbit of 105.5ºE on 30 December 2011. According to Firdous Ashiq Awan, Pakistan’s minister of information and broadcasting, the process of digitisation should be complete by December 2012.. An agreement worth USD 45 million signed between PTV and Zee TV was aimed at only promoting and broadcasting sports events on the state-run channel .
Geo Super is the first 24-hour Pakistani channel dedicated to the world of sports. It belongs to Independent Media Corporation, owner of the Jang Group of Newspapers.
In late September, 2006, after great success of Geo TV, GEO Television Network launched Geo Super,the first ever 24-hour sports channel of Pakistan. It is not yet available overseas but has attained high viewer ratings all over the world, especially Pakistan. Geo Super broadcasts most world sports, focusing mainly on cricket, with secondary focuses on football and field hockey. Shortly after its launch, Geo Super managed to secure the television rights of the ICC tournaments for the next five years covering all major cricketing events like ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy, Twenty20 World Cup, Faysal Bank T20 Cup and ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
ESPN is an American global cable television network focusing on sports-related programming including live and recorded event telecasts, sports talk shows, and other original programming. Its name derives from Entertainment and Sports Programming Network.
Founded by Bill Rasmussen, his son Scott Rasmussen and Aetna insurance agent Ed Eagan, it launched on September 7, 1979, under the direction of Chet Simmons, the network’s President and CEO (and later the United States Football League’s first commissioner). The Getty Oil Company provided funding to begin the new venture via executive Stuart Evey. John Skipper is ESPN’s current president, a position he has held since January 1, 2012.
ESPN’s signature telecast, SportsCenter, debuted with the network and aired its 50,000th episode on September 13, 2012. ESPN broadcasts primarily from its studios in Bristol, Connecticut. The network also operates offices in Miami; New York City; Seattle; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles office, from which the late-night edition of SportsCenter is now broadcast, opened at L.A. Live in early 2009.
While ESPN is one of the most successful sports networks, it has not been free from criticism. This criticism includes accusations of biased coverage, conflict of interest, and controversies with individual broadcasters and analysts.