As the first step in its new initiative to popularise cricket in those countries which are unfamiliar with the game, the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), which is the sport's governing body, today issued a new, short explanation of the game.
This is intended to clarify the imagined complications that deter many would-be players.
A SHORT EXPLANATION OF CRICKET
A game of Cricket has two teams, each of eleven men (or women). One team is out in the field, and one in.
Each man that is on the team that is in goes out (in), and when he is out he comes in, and the next man goes out (in) until he is out, when he comes in.
When all eleven have been out (in), the team that has been out comes in, and the team that has been in goes out and attempts to get those who are in, out. It sometimes happens that there are men still out who are still in (not out).
When both teams have been in and out, including those not out who are still out, the game is complete.