The first international cricket match was played between Canada and the United States, on 24 and 25 September 1844.





The first credited Test match was played in 1877 between Australia and England,


South Africa was admitted to Test status in 1889. Cricket was also included as an Olympic sport at the 1900 Paris Games, where Great Britain defeated France to win the gold medal.



In the early 1960s, English county cricket teams began playing a shortened version of cricket which only lasted for one day.




one-day cricket grew in popularity in England.

The first One-Day International match wasbetween England and Australia at Melbourne in 1971 This was the only appearance of cricket at the Summer Olympics.


The first multilateral competition at international level was the 1912 Triangular Tournament, a Test cricket tournament played in England between all three Test-playing nations at the time: England, Australia and South Africa.


The number of nations playing Test cricket increased gradually over time, with the addition of West Indies in 1928, New Zealand in 1930, India in 1932, and Pakistan in 1952. In the late 1970s, Kerry Packer established the rival World Series Cricket (WSC) competition. The success and popularity of the domestic one-day competitions in England and other parts of the world, as well as the early One-Day Internationals, prompted the ICC to consider organising a Cricket World Cup.