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Old 11-28-2018, 01:00 PM
 
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How popular is the sport of Cricket in Australia nowadays ?? I remember as a child seeing big stadiums full of Aussie spectators in events like Boxing Day Match at MCG, Ashes series on Television.

Recently I watched few Cricket matches between India and Australia (last week) on TV. I could hardly see any Australian supporter in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney. It looked like a Home Game for India- full of Indian supporters. Present generation of Aussies has given up on Cricket and moved on to other sports or what ??

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Old 11-28-2018, 03:53 PM
 
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DH tells me that cricket is still extremely popular but it is even more so with our Indian Aussies. The matches you watched would have been the shorter 20 20 version whereas the Test matches have the traditional five day duration. The tests start closer to Christmas. We now have half a million people born in India in the country, many recently arrived as they and Chinese are our fastest growing immigrant groups. Apparently the organise themselves to buy the tickets faster than Ango Aussies. As most of them are immigrants selected under our skills program they would not have problems affording the tickets and Indians are just cricket tragics.
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Old 11-28-2018, 04:24 PM
 
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Its still quite popular i believe, i think the brisbane match was mid week, and the fact that it was only on pay (cable) TV, possibly did not help.

Personally i had no idea there was a match even played in brisbane, and live about 1 mile from the Gabba. One thing for sure is the rise of south asian immigration is certainly changing the fact of your average cricket supporter, even in Brisbane.
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Old 11-28-2018, 07:44 PM
 
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Lol the series this summer will bring immigration talks back into play, and I mean this seriously. Do you think it's ok that the vast majority of the crowd will be Indian in Australia? It doesn't seem right to me. Call me a racist but the home crowd should obviously be the majority. What marisamay said about them purposefully organising themselves to buy the tickets straight away to outpace anglos is worrying too, do they do that legally?
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:38 PM
 
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Still immensely popular, at least when I was back over there. Some recent controversies i.e. ball tampering combined with some pretty woeful management around broadcasting rights (locking this behind pay tv subscriptions) certainly haven't helped, mind you.
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Old 11-29-2018, 12:08 AM
 
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According to these stats, cricket is reasonably popular but won't be challenges AFL or NRL any time soon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_in_Australia

League, Sport, Annual attendance, [average game]
Australian Football League, Australian football, 7,595,165, [36,692]
Big Bash League, Cricket, 1,140,835, [28,521]
Super Rugby, Rugby union, 773,940, [19,348]
National Rugby League, Rugby league, 3,018,795, [15,246]
A-League, Soccer, 1,771,014, [12,650]
AFL Women's, Australian football, 171,132, [6,118]
National Basketball League, Basketball, 688,712, [6,622]
National Rugby Championship, Rugby union, 78,500, [2,013]
National Baseball League, Baseball, 98,397, [834]
W-League, Soccer -, [1,547] ,
Women's Big Bash League, Cricket, 121,000, [2,051,
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:42 AM
 
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https://www.cricketaustralia.com.au/...ket/2018-02-15
The figures in the previous post do not include international cricket.
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:48 AM
 
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For codes like AFL and NRL you'd also have to add in the large pre-season competitions, State of Origin and international games as well, so their numbers would also increase. And for AFL there are also pretty healthy state and territory competitions.

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Old 11-29-2018, 05:16 AM
 
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Cricket remain immensely popular in Australia and is by far the biggest summer sport. The emergence of the Big Bash League has opened it up to an even broader audience. The BBL is the 9th highest average attended sports league in the world.

The Brisbane match mentioned in the OP was a strange one though. As a Brisbane resident and cricket fan, I wasn't even aware it was on. Now that Foxtel has television rights, they arent doing a great job of promotion. Will be interesting to see if these TV rights has the same negative impact on cricket that we have seen it have on Rugby.

The sport with the biggest change in popularity in Australia is undoubtedly Rugby Union. The average numbers quoted above are very old. Rugby now falls behind even soccer in terms of average attendance.
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Old 11-29-2018, 05:20 AM
 
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Lol the series this summer will bring immigration talks back into play, and I mean this seriously. Do you think it's ok that the vast majority of the crowd will be Indian in Australia? It doesn't seem right to me. Call me a racist but the home crowd should obviously be the majority. What marisamay said about them purposefully organising themselves to buy the tickets straight away to outpace anglos is worrying too, do they do that legally?
Well my DH knows everything and he is never wrong🤗 He says all bought legally, Cricket Australia love the business. I personally do not have an issue with it. I would not be surprised to find plenty of Indian Aussies backing Australia if they were watching matches in England and sure as anything their kids will.
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