Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players each on a field at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-longpitch. The game is played by 120 million players in many countries, making it the world's second most popular sport.
Each team takes its turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings (used for both singular and plural).The bowler delivers the ball to the batsman who attempts to hit the ball with his bat away from the fielders so he can run to the other end of thepitch and score a run. Each batsman continues batting until he is out. The batting team continues batting until ten batsmen are out, or a specified number of overs of six balls have been bowled, at which point the teams switch roles and the fielding team comes in to bat.In professional cricket, the length of a game ranges from 20 overs (T20) per side to Test cricket played over five days. The Laws of Cricketare maintained by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and theMarylebone Cricket Club (MCC) with additional Standard Playing Conditions for Test matches and One Day Internationals.