In Australia Cricket has emerged as the main sports in the nation and has cemented existence as the main sport in Australia. There also has been a considerable rise in female participation in this game, which has seen a 39 percent rise in the recent past and it is huge rise in participation. In 2013 over a million Australians have participated in cricket which has also raised the tally by 16 percent.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that Australia all-rounder Shane Watson praised Cricket Australia’s approach to professionalise women’s cricket and has also praised so much participation, as a result of which there’s a rise in popularity. Shane Watson stated that, a lot of that has come down to how proactive CA has been in making sure women’s cricket in Australia is a career path. Women cricketers are now getting contracts to play for Australia and also for their domestic clubs.
Watson also believes that the global appeal of The Big Bash League has also helped in drawing attention of people who would not have associated themselves with cricket usually.
Watson said that he thinks it really comes down to last summer more than anything, especially with the 16 per cent increase over the last year. It was incredible to see the Australian public really getting behind the Australian team. To beat the English, all the players felt it all around the country, the support we had. And that has obviously moved into participation rates as well.
He further went on to add that the reason we play the game is to be able to promote the game and entertain people. It’s brilliant to know that the game of cricket is thriving in Australia and that we have got a small part to play in making sure the game continues to grow. That’s the reason we play — because we love it so much.
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