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Growth of women’s cricket: The numbers confirming the rise

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Cricket News: Growth of women’s cricket: The numbers confirming the rise | A look at the growth of women’s cricket in numbers

As Deepti Sharma whipped off the bails to hand India a 3-0 ODI series win in England, Cricket Twitter went into a frenzy. The controversial mankad to dismiss Charlie Dean saw thousands of tweets and reactions, led by England players who believed the move was not in the spirit of the game.

Whatever your view may be on the issue, the fact that fans have access to women’s cricket, plus the reaction afterward, is a by-product of wonderful growth women’s cricket has achieved over the last 10-15 years in particular.

The 2009 ODI World Cup Final between Australia and England at North Sydney Oval yielded a crowd of about 2,300. 11 years later, the MCG was deemed the worthy venue for the 2020 T20 World Cup Final, which saw a record 86,174 fans flood the gates. This is just part of the story.

The growth of women’s cricket, in numbers

The growth of women’s cricket: A snapshot of the numbers.

2023 will see the first ever Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL) tournament take place, which is expected to accelerate the growth of the women’s game. India, who regularly challenge champions Australia, will be to able to fast track local talent in conjunction with the world’s best cricketers featuring, including Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning, Dane van Niekerk, Stafanie Taylor, and Heather Knight, among others.

In a recent Future of Cricket survey by CricBlog, 41.5% of respondents believe women’s T20 leagues will form a significant chunk of the cricketing calendar, including the flourishing Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). The WBBL itself had a record season in 2021, with 535,000 viewers tuning in for the final between Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers. Also, in Australia, men are taking an interest in women’s sports, with 67% of viewers across leading sporting leagues, including WBBL, males according to recent research.

Project130: Cricket NSW launched partnership with University of Techology Sydney (UTS)

Women’s cricket may soon see the 130km/h barrier broken. Cricket New South Wales (NSW) recently joined forces with UTS to form The Cricket Lab.

According to the press release, the partnership “aims to break new ground, to explore new and brilliant possibilities for cricket and the university, to deliver local and global impact and meaningful societal benefit.”

This includes Project130, a world-first research project that aims to shift the average seam bowling speed from 115km/h to 130km/h. One of the key goals of the program is to develop of set of data that can predict potential and physiology type to increase speeds whilst reducing risk of injury.

Over the coming years, the program, along with the continued growth of women’s cricket, can see increased uptake of cricket among girls. The way things are heading, it will be reality sooner than we realise.

Charbel Coorey
Charbel Cooreyhttps://cricblog.net
Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. He is also a keen fantasy sports player. Charbel has also had the privilege of interviewing cricketers on the CricBlog TV YouTube channel, including James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Netravalkar: https://www.youtube.com/@cricblogtv For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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