In the past, Cricket in Jamaica was considered a sport played by the elite of British colonialism. It is also the very first British game played in Jamaica only by the upper classes. Today, the rules of the game remain the same technically and socially in which teams are divided into “gentlemen” and “players,” with their very own locker room.
Cricket was a game that exemplified English reserve, the social structure of the game shows how the appearance of propriety and manners remain critical to the game. Jamaicans from all social backgrounds start to play the game, and overtime, it is thriving to become the most popular sport throughout the Caribbean at all socio-economic levels.
Jamaica has produced many of the world’s best cricketeers and cricket team including the West Indies as the best in the world. They also built the largest and best known cricket stadiums in the Caribbean – the Sabina Park in Kingston – with the total capacity of 12,000 seatings.
Cricket is a popular spectator sport which consistently draw large audiences coming to cheer their favorite teams. The West Indies began playing in 1928 and compete in international competition. In 1935, the team won the first test series which is played over five days, with each round lasting about seven hours.
In 1950, there was the biggest change in the game when the team won a series victory and started to play at international level. From the 1960s to the 1980s, cricket continues to be popular throughout Jamaicans and the West Indies team was the leader in the world of cricket.
Some of the most famous Caribbean cricket players are Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh, Jeffrey Dujon, Alfred Valentine, Jackie Hendricks, Collie Smith, Lawrence Rowe, Allan Rae, Maurice Foster, Jimmy Adams, Robert Samuels and George Headley whi is arguably Jamaica’s most famous cricket star in 1930s.