Cricket is one of the biggest sports in the world. Cricket has a long history and the game is popular in the former English colonies , However now expanding across Europe. The cricket culture contains many exciting stories and game formats, located in the “cricket basics” page. Below you can read more about the game and the very special culture. You can also get good ideas on how you, as a teacher, can use the culture to create great experiences for those who play, focusing on fair play in a student community.

Fairplay (spirit of the game)

Cricket In School provides good opportunities for students to work with the concepts of fairplay and community. Cricket is historically associated as a “gentlemans” sport and high morale and ethics continue to be highly valued in the sport.

In Cricket In School it is vital to encourage this part of the game. Introduce the students to various moral guidelines and discuss these with the students. Explain how the term “That is not cricket” describes behaviour or actions that are not in line with the spirit of the game, for example, if a student is consciously time wasting or speaking negatively towards another. Often, we will find that the students embrace the concept, and there will eventually be great encouragement among the students.

Guidelines for Cricket In School can be:

– Students umpire themselves (if disagreement arises between the two leaders)

– A player who makes a great performance is clapped off the field by fellow players and opponents

– Make a stop in the games for achievements that should be celebrated, so praise becomes an active part of the game

– A player who is clapped or praised acknowledges by lifting the bat and / or removing the cap, but also learns to receive the praise humbly

– After the match, the teams meet and give hands as thank each other.

– The students who “wait” to enter, participate in the game with positive words and recognition of both opponents and opponents

Cricket pavillon

The cricket game has its origins among the wealthy British aristocrats. Their wealth meant they had enough time to play long cricket matches over several days. There was, and still is, some waiting time in certain types of cricket matches. This time can be spent in the pavilion with a good cup of tea and maybe a British cucumber sandwich as well as a conversation about what’s going on in the field.

In “Cricket In School” it is recommended to pay attention to this part of the game. Make something extra out of the fact that cricket is on the program. For many students, it is an unknown game and an unknown culture. So perhaps some small hand outs with extra cricket information for the students to read.

Set up your own pavilion (benches, chairs or a small pavilion tent) and let the students get the responsibility for tea brewing and cucumber sandwich (or maybe bake a cake). Players in the “pavilion” are also the ones responsible for counting points as well as appreciating great performances on the field with applause, just as they can develop the tactics when they need to enter.

Cricket cap

In cricket, a cap is often used. It protects against the sun and shadows when catching the ball. A cap is also raised when an opponent or teammate makes a great performance.

When a national team player plays his first international match, the player also receives his official national team cap, which has led to the English term being “caped”. It indicates how many international matches a player has played.

In “Cricket In School” it is recommended to emphasise the social elements of the game and build a good class culture about cricket. The cap, focus on fair play, pavilion mood etc. can contribute to a good atmosphere and great team work. 

In Test cricket (matches over many days), the players are dressed in white. An old tradition that can easily be transferred to school. With cap and possibly a white t-shirt, the stage quickly set for cricket activities and a special cricket environment easily is created.


Cricket is played by two teams with 11 participants on each team.

The game played with a bat and ball and is played on a large round field. Where the ball is hit you run around the field collect and throw back to the middle. As a batter you run between two stumps in the middle of the field. The stumps consists of three sticks knocked into the ground.

Read more about the rules at this link

Cricket is the world’s 4 largest sport. The World Cup tournament is broadcast in over 200 countries with more than 800 million viewers.

Finland’s Cricket national team currently ranks No. 68 on the world rankings. Recently putting up winning performance’s against Denmark rank No.29 and Spain rank No.43

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