Cricket Australia Sets Ambitious Goal to Double South Asian Participation in Cricket by 2027

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Cricket Australia sets target to double South Asian players. The organization hopes to boost participation and attendance among multicultural communities by aiming to have 8% South Asian representation at first-class, state, and W/BBL levels by 2027, up from 4.2%. They aim to double the number attending from 100,000 to 200,000 and those registered to play from 70,000 to 100,000 by 2027. Usman Khawaja, Alana King and Lisa Sthalekar have been key figures in putting the new Multicultural Action Plan together, launched at the MCG. It covers all multicultural communities, which Cricket Australia has always been great supporters of multiculturalism in Australia.

Cricket Australia has been a “very white-dominated sport” for a long time and that for him personally “we needed to do things a little differently”. Usman Khawaja born in Pakistan before moving to Australia aged five and grew up struggling to relate to his team-mates when he was growing up. He added that having multicultural representation was vital at all facets of the game, including board level and CA staff. Nick Hockley, CA chief executive, stated “The metrics [show] that we are not yet representative of the community we serve. It would help alleviate stereotypes and break down barriers. Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo.

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