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    Is cricket big in South Africa?

    I think it's obvious when you watch cricket from India or Australia or really anywhere from the sub continents that its really popular there. Yet I'm not sure about South Africa. Some of the crowds in SA that watched the ODI's against Australia looked massive, yet the test crowds were terrible. Pity because SA has some beautiful stadiums.

    My question to the South Africans who post here is:

    How big is cricket in South Africa? It can't be more popular than Rugby I wouldn't think... or football. Yet is it important etc?

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    I get a South African sports channel on my cable and by the looks of it cricket seems pretty popular.I would say at par with rugby and just getting pipped by soccer.

    The attendance in domestic 20/20 games is very good (3000-12000) depending on the quality of teams and importance of the matches. The popularity of cricket in SA can be guaged by the fact that last year Makhaya Nitini was voted by the public as the most popular sportspersonality

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    I was also surpised at the crowds sizes in Bangladesh, I thought they were cricket mad?

    Is it the price of tickets?

    As for SA I think the time they were out of the game means a whole generation missed out on the Test experience, and it has not been great for sometime now (crowd wise) but hey I could be wrong, never been there.
    You know it makes sense.

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    You'd expect Bangladesh to have a similar fixation on ODIs as the other subcontinental nations, so we'll probably see much bigger crowds for those games. Still, I thought the crowds during the first test were pretty good, especially when Bangladesh were on top. The noise from the crowd was tremendous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    You'd expect Bangladesh to have a similar fixation on ODIs as the other subcontinental nations, so we'll probably see much bigger crowds for those games. Still, I thought the crowds during the first test were pretty good, especially when Bangladesh were on top. The noise from the crowd was tremendous.
    Yes they made a lot of noise, but for a country with 80 million people (I think I read that somewhere) I thought we may see more support. Maybe after the great showing in the first Test they may attract more for the second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuhaib
    I get a South African sports channel on my cable and by the looks of it cricket seems pretty popular.I would say at par with rugby and just getting pipped by soccer.
    I have always thought rugby is more popular than cricket. I guess we need some opinions from people who live there though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    I have always thought rugby is more popular than cricket. I guess we need some opinions from people who live there though.
    It's just my guess, but going by surnames I'd say Rugby is the sport of choice for Afrikaners, whereas cricket does better among the Anglo-Saffies. Obviously exceptions to this on both sides tho.

    I'd imagine Association Football is by choice for the majority population by streets tho.
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    Football? In South Africa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    Yes they made a lot of noise, but for a country with 80 million people (I think I read that somewhere) I thought we may see more support. Maybe after the great showing in the first Test they may attract more for the second.
    Maybe its a bit like Sri Lanka, where attendance is generally low due to work and what not but interest and tv ratings are high?
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    Quote Originally Posted by open365
    Football? In South Africa?
    They've been at a couple of World Cups, and they're hosting it in 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    It's just my guess, but going by surnames I'd say Rugby is the sport of choice for Afrikaners, whereas cricket does better among the Anglo-Saffies. Obviously exceptions to this on both sides tho.

    I'd imagine Association Football is by choice for the majority population by streets tho.
    20 years ago maybe. Many of the cricket clubs have an Anglo history now put mainly Afrikaaner teams out. Over the last decade or 2, the biggest growth in the game has been in the Afrikaaner community.

    Cricket is huge in South Africa. In the White community it is far bigger than in the UK and the participation rates are massive.

    The Black, Coloured and Indian communities involvement in the sport depends heavily on the region they come from. Some places it is extreme passion and others nearly ignored.

    Cricket in SA surpasses that of the UK in terms of proliferation of public knowledge.

    2 things stand out about SA cricket that are very different to the UK
    1. Few people play competetively after University.
    2. Test crowds are small.

    However, dont be fooled by this. Cricket is far bigger in SA than in the UK and far more on the map of the popular consciousness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    It's just my guess, but going by surnames I'd say Rugby is the sport of choice for Afrikaners, whereas cricket does better among the Anglo-Saffies.
    Cant use surnames to judge background in SA.

    Many, many Afrikaaners have Anglo last names. It is a recipe for awkwardness if when talking to people you make general assumptions about their background based on their last name.

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    True, football in england pretty much rules over every thing else and in a World cup year it's really difficult to get much coverage.

    Though i think it's getting better recently with 20/20 and an improvement in the county game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy
    Cant use surnames to judge background in SA.

    Many, many Afrikaaners have Anglo last names. It is a recipe for awkwardness if when talking to people you make general assumptions about their background based on their last name.
    Oh, yes. Blokes like Donald & Hayward have very Anglo-sounding names, but are both Afrikaners.

    I was generalising, obviously, but it does strike me that Saffie Union teams are populated to a higher percentage with blokes with obviously non-Anglo names than the cricket teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy
    Cricket in SA surpasses that of the UK in terms of proliferation of public knowledge.
    Yes, but our problem is we've got Richard so that brings the average down a bit.

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