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Indoor Cricket hits an all time high

Women's Indoor cricket has seen their participation numbers double from 2019 after being hit hard by the pandemic.

2021 saw the sport recovering massively, reaching new heights with participation being double before the pandemic. This meant that for the first time in history that both the men and women were able to field 12 teams. This sees a big increase from 2019’s figure which saw only 6-8 teams compete.

Not only that, 2021 saw the number of new participants taking up the sport grow by 33%. Another win for the sport saw the introduction of junior teams for both under 16’s and under 18’s-a feat never seen for indoor cricket before.

On the huge success, Director of Cricket, Anish Patel said: “I am really pleased to see that the work of the Action Indoor Cricket England team is paying off. It’s a credit to them, that more teams and players are starting to understand that there is an option in this country to play cricket 12 months of the year. Indoor during the winter and outdoor during summer.”

The growth of participations shows that cricket is a viable option all year round. Hoping to build on the success, Patel added:

“Hopefully we continue to increase participation levels week on week and this keeps children and adults interested in the game of cricket.”

If you were hoping to see indoor cricket action, well you’re in luck! The British Open championship kicks off in Birmingham this weekend ( 27th-28th November) and spectators are more than welcome.

What’s even more exciting is that the teams will compete in the Super League in March 2022 and will be livestreamed on YouTube.

From this league, the 48 best players will be selected to take part in the delayed 2020 World Cup in Australia in October 2022.

It seems the sky is the limit for indoor cricket and the sport is heading in the right direction with giant growth, ever-increasing participation and being recognised more worldwide. If you would like to take up the sport or want to find out more about indoor cricket, check it out below:

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