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    From http://cricketinf.hollosite.com/eng/trivia13.html

    # Cricket is the Second largest spectator sport after football (soccer). It is watched by almost a billion people.
    I just want to check is this fact true?? I haven't read it anywhere else. Does it have higher viewership than rugby and Formula 1 and all?? If it does, thats awesome!!

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    Not that i care, or that it maters, but isnt it PPS... Standing for Post Post Scriptum...

    Anywho.. very suprising statistic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00
    Not that i care, or that it maters, but isnt it PPS... Standing for Post Post Scriptum...

    Anywho.. very suprising statistic!
    LOL yeah sorry my bad
    i'l change it

    anyways any other comments on this statistic??

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    I never thought cricket would surpass rugby in terms of number of viewers.
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    Well yeah it is a tad bit surprising.
    I expected Formula 1 to be the second most watched sporting event.

    And this is when cricket is basically watched in like 15 countries in the world! Imagine if cricket becomes a truly global sport, played all across Europe and the Americas. Then imagine the viewership!!

    You never know, in 50 years might have more viewers than soccer!!

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    I guess it's simply because between the subcontinental nations (India, SL, Bangladesh, Pakistan) the number of potential viewers is close to 1.5 billion, or a quarter of the world's population. Seeing as cricket is easily the no. 1 sport in these countries, it's not that surprising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamc
    I guess it's simply because between the subcontinental nations (India, SL, Bangladesh, Pakistan) the number of potential viewers is close to 1.5 billion, or a quarter of the world's population. Seeing as cricket is easily the no. 1 sport in these countries, it's not that surprising.
    Beat me to it.
    It's like snooker in the Far East... I never dreamed it could possibly be as popular as it was, until I found-out about China.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    Beat me to it.
    It's like snooker in the Far East... I never dreamed it could possibly be as popular as it was, until I found-out about China.
    actually pool seems more popular, at least in shanghai. on the way to school, i see pool tables on the side of the road (occasionally covered in a tarpaulin to protect it from the elements) about every hundred metres.
    As for cricket being the second largest spectator sport, as much as i dont want to, i have to question that—tennis, as lord mentioned, has a large fan base, and rugby must be pretty close to it, despite the diehard support of subcontinental countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc
    actually pool seems more popular, at least in shanghai. on the way to school, i see pool tables on the side of the road (occasionally covered in a tarpaulin to protect it from the elements) about every hundred metres.
    It's pretty popular in India. You will find Pool parlours in almost every lane of a city and almost every one of them os packed at all times. You are always in a queue there .

    I think F1 and Tennis would be up there too. I mean even before Narain entered F1, it was the second most popular sport in India and tennis always had good viewership here and with Sania it must have skyrocketed.

    But with India Bangladesh and Pakistan there, you could always expect Cricket to be up there

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    Quote Originally Posted by V Reddy
    It's pretty popular in India. You will find Pool parlours in almost every lane of a city and almost every one of them os packed at all times. You are always in a queue there .
    Well that's not amazing - I'd not say it's quite that popular in England, but certainly you won't go too far without finding a pool-table.

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    But how many people actually follow the World Pool Championships??

    Cricket is the second largest "followed" sport not played...

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