In history, there are many cases when colonizers, developing new lands, brought their own color to the local culture. This is how new traditions, customs, and laws often appeared. Sports that spread like viruses are no exception. In some cases, there is a full-scale dispersion – take, for example, the same football that is played today even in the most remote corners of the planet. And in some cases, the distribution is spot-on, and clearly reflects the boundaries of the cultural influence of the monopoly on its colonies. An extremely illustrative example in this sense is cricket – an internationally recognized sport that is played professionally exclusively on the territory of the former British Empire.
The first reports of the existence of cricket date back to the XIII century. The birthplace of entertainment for farmers is considered to be the County of Kent, but the game quickly covered the surrounding area. However, cricket flourished in England in the XVIII century. It was then that the world’s first cricket club was founded in Hampshire. A little later, the entertainment reached London, and the townspeople enthusiastically began to sort things out on the grass lawns. At the same time, the British Empire was rapidly expanding. Expansion to the countries of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific region required strength, funds, and most importantly people who went to the outskirts of the world for easy earnings. Some were simply sent to distant countries, for example, to hard labor. In any case, the result was the same – more and more people familiar with cricket appeared in the British colonies. Homesickness and sporting interest made the settlers remember the rules of the simple game, which is also quite unpretentious: for the game, it is enough to have a bat, a ball, a couple of primitive wooden structures called wickets, and a little open space. Often in poor countries the game was a great success, it gained new popularity, won the hearts of fans and became almost the most popular sport.