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From wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist to the diabolical defense of Rahul Dravid, the athletes of cricket
demand particular acclaim. Cricket's fans are diverse and dynamic, sharing in their love of the game and its
athletes. Cricket players' autographs are an ideal souvenir for the savvy cricket fan.
The game of cricket can trace it roots to southern England, where references to related activities appear
as early as the 14th century, The sport gained widespread popularity in the late 1500s, and by the 1700s, the
game had spread around the globe from the North American continent to the West Indies.
The first international game of cricket, pitting Canada against the United States, was played in the mid-
1840s in New York. From that point, cricket became a worldwide phenomenon, attracting fans from around
the globe. Many seek the signatures of their favorite players, but attaining these autographs is becoming
increasingly difficult. In recent years, cricket athletes in some locations are prohibited from signing
autograph books for fear it may lead to corruption with bookies. These new strictures may limit access to
some signatures and drive up prices accordingly. However, in general, the field of collectible cricket
autographs is one in which many will find the signature they seek .
The International Cricket Council (ICC) was formed in 1909 to moderate the sport. The ICC
goes by the motto Great Sport Great Spirit
The first written reference to cricket appeared in 1597. Court documents involved in an English land
dispute invoke the sport of "creckett," a name most likely originated in the Dutch language
The longest recorded cricket match occurred in 1939. A faceoff between the teams of England and
South Africa languished for two weeks before the two teams called a tie