The game of cricket has a knownhistory beginning in the late 16th century. Having originated in south-east England, it became the country's national sport in the 18th century and has developed globally in the 19th and 20th centuries. International matches have been played since 1844, although international Test cricket began, retrospectively recognised, in 1877. Cricket is the world's second most popular spectator sport afterassociation football. Governance is by the International Cricket Council (ICC) which has over one hundred members although only ten play Test cricket.