Cricket participation has increased by 30% in the last four years © Getty Images (Representational photo)
Cricket participation has increased by 30% in the last four years © Getty Images (Representational photo)

 

Aug 11, 2014

 

Cricket participation in Australia has risen dramatically in the last four years, with more than one million people playing the sport. Female or girl participation has risen by 39%,  and the sport is gaining popularity among school kids too, where it has shown a 30% rise in participation.

 

“We know that in this day and age there are plenty of obstacles and many things competing for people’s time. That’s why these figures are so pleasing. To register a 30 per cent increase in participation over four years demonstrates the game’s growing appeal and the critical role it plays in helping men, women and children lead active and healthy lives.”, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.

 

“We are particularly pleased to see such a dramatic increase in female participation, with girls and women now making up 22 per cent of all cricket participants around the country. It’s clear that our elite men’s and women’s cricketers are doing an excellent job inspiring the next generation of players across the country.”, he added.