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The game of cricket became popular only in countries where the British conquered and ruled.​ In these British colonies, cricket was established as a fashionable sport either by white settlers (as in the West Indies, Zimbabwe, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Kenya) or by local elite keen to copy the habits of their colonial masters.While certain English team games like hockey and football became international games that were played all over the world, cricket was essentially a colonial game. It was popular in countries that had once been part of the British Empire.The pre-industrial ethos of the game made it a less likely game for export.Though the British imperial officials brought the game to the colonies, they scarcely made efforts to enhance the reach of the game in such areas.
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