Victoria’s total participation figure was 448,608 contributing to the national total of 1,650,030, the largest number of participants recorded in the history of the sport.
The results also demonstrate that cricket continues to be a sport of choice for women and girls as female participation in Victoria grew by nearly 5%. This included an 11.6% increase in the number of new girls’ teams taking to the field, driven by the ongoing investment in the national Growing Cricket for Girls Fund.
Females participating in cricket now makes up 27% per cent of total participants in Victoria, edging closer to our commitment in leading Australia in inspiring and supporting women and girls to love cricket. The growth of Rebel WBBL and the Australian team claiming their fourth ICC World T20 trophy continues to drive interest in cricket and creates outstanding role models for the sport to showcase.
Victoria is set to put women’s cricket in the global spotlight next February when the ICC Women’s World T20 comes to Australia, with the final to be played at the MCG on International Women’s Day 2020.
Whilst declining participation in organised sport in developed countries is a global trend, Victoria has delivered an increase in Club Cricket with a total of 8,153 teams across junior and senior categories.
As a sport for all, Cricket Victoria has continued its commitment to prioritizing diversity and inclusion through programs and tournaments like the inaugural Melbourne Stars Champions League.
Overall, 87,135 people from a multicultural background, 8,863 people living with a disability and 4,985 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders choose to participate in Victorian cricket. This has been possible due to the ongoing support provided by the Harmony in Cricket Association.