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Equally, there is little evidence of the rampant gambling that characterised the game throughout the 18th century.
It is generally believed, therefore, that village cricket had developed by the middle of the 17th century but that county cricket had not and that investment in the game had not begun.
Governance is by the International Cricket Council (ICC) which has over one hundred countries and territories in membership although only twelve play Test cricket.
There have been several speculations about the game's origins including some that it was created in France or Flanders.
The sport of cricket has a known history beginning in the late 16th century.