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Cricket fighting for turf due to growing population

Cricket Australia will need to build hundreds of cricket ovals in quick succession to keep up with demand fueled by our growing population.

A national audit conducted to assess the needs of the sport for years to come identified there would need to be another 1,400 cricket ovals built in the next decade, to ensure there are adequate facilities to cater for all those who want to play.

Executive General Manager of Community Cricket Belinda Clark says there are a few “growth corridors” that need to have space reserved for sports fields.

“There’s ovals in green space areas that can be developed. There’s existing space available for cricket nets,” Clark told Macquarie Sports Radio‘s Cam Reddin.

Clark suggests some formats of the game could be altered at lower grades to adapt to non-traditional spaces.

“There’s people moving out into suburbs. There’s people living in inner city areas. All of them should have the right to be able to access open space,” Clark said.

Part of CA’s $35 million investment in grassroots cricket will be dedicated to upgrading facilities such as dressing rooms and toilet blocks that do not currently provide for women and girls.

At many grounds, female players are forced to get changed behind cars or in the bushes due to a lack of appropriate facilities.

“If you look back in time, most of the cricket facilities that were built 40, 50 or 60 years ago weren’t contemplating the growth in females playing sport,” Clark said.

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