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Countries Where Cricket is the Most Popular Sport

Name the countries of the world in which cricket is the most popular spectator or participatory sport.
Source: Wikipedia Articles of the individual countries
Answers are sovereign nations, not necessarily cricketing teams
Quiz by KingEureka
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Last updated: May 21, 2020
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Continent
Country
Asia
Afghanistan
North America
Antigua and Barbuda
Asia
Bangladesh
North America
Barbados
North America
Grenada
South America
Guyana
Asia
India
Continent
Country
Asia
Nepal
Asia
Pakistan
Asia
Sri Lanka
North America
St Kitts and Nevis
North America
St Lucia
North America
St Vincent and the Grenadines
North America
Trinidad and Tobago
63 Comments
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Level 62
Jun 17, 2020
Also try this Quiz with the most popular sport of every country!

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Level 68
May 20, 2020
Loving the amount of new quizzes being featured! :D
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Level 21
Jun 25, 2020
Where is Australia?
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Level 15
Jul 5, 2020
Cricket isn't the most popular sport in Australia
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Level 73
Mar 4, 2024
That's probably up for debate. I've heard AFL and Football (soccer) make the same claims of most participants. If you consider kids/school sport and the increased prominence of women's codes, I'd also include Netball in the conversation, and that's without somehow measuring the participation in sports like surfing, golf or cycling outside organised competitions...
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Level 35
May 28, 2021
I'm an Aussie and yeah it is
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Level 35
Aug 2, 2023
im with you on that one crickets most popular in my opinion then its nrl and afl, i dont think i have met anyone that does love cricket in australia
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Level 37
Feb 24, 2024
Its funny because there are probably more migrants who watch the Australian team then White Australians (no racism involved)
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Level 60
Mar 4, 2024
Might be the same in the USA with our men's national soccer team
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Level 73
Mar 4, 2024
yeah, most soccer fans here are either immigrants or really young
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Level 66
Jul 23, 2022
Yeah, no
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2022
Cricket has the most registered players of any sport in Australia with over 1.5 million(source: https://takeatumble.com.au/insights/10-most-popular-sports-in-australia/). It is also popular across the whole country, whereas AFL is only really popular in Victoria, SA, WA, NT and Tasmania; and Rugby League in NSW and Queensland. It also gets a lot of media coverage, and the game, and the national team, has a more profound place in the national psyche than any other sport.
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Level 54
Jul 23, 2022
It is a large land mass in the South Pacific.
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Level 38
Mar 4, 2024
Technically cricket isn't the most popular by any measure, at least not anymore.

Most played amateur sport: soccer

Most watched league sport: Aussie rules

Most watched international sport: soccer (the Australia vs England semi-final at the last Women's World Cup, hosted by Australia and NZ, broke the record for most watched TV event in Australia when 70% of the country watched the game, which was played in Sydney)

Soccer and cricket are both more popular as international sports in Australia than as league sports. The Socceroos and the Matildas, like all our national teams, have huge followings here, whereas the only sold-out A-League games are usually big rivalries like the Sydney Derby (Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers), the Melbourne Derby (Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory) or the Big Blue (Melbourne Victory vs Sydney FC). In cricket, internationals are more popular than BBL matches. In contrast, more people watch the NRL than the Kangaroos or Jillaroos in rugby league.

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Level 68
May 20, 2020
Congrats on your first feature!
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Level 62
May 20, 2020
Thanks!
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Level 84
May 20, 2020
Not enough time! 90 seconds to type 14 answers is quite the rush!
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Level 77
May 20, 2020
yes - a bit more time would be appreciated, please.
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Level 62
May 20, 2020
Increased the time by 45 Seconds
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Level 76
May 20, 2020
Got Grenada with 1 second left
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Level 88
May 21, 2020
Why am I having to do this quiz again within the Space of 24 hours?
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Level ∞
May 21, 2020
There was an error. (Nepal was missing). No one pointed it out until after I had featured the quiz.
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Level 77
Jun 17, 2020
Great. Had I done this quiz before the inclusion, I would have got 100%.
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Level 72
May 22, 2020
I thought Afghans preferred batting a goat carcass into a goal (buzkashi).
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Level 62
May 23, 2020
Haha , but with growing Indian influence in Afghanistan, Cricket has steadily overtaken. India's primary Milk producer Amul is the sponsor of the Afghanistan Cricket Team :)
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Level 52
Apr 10, 2022
Woah check out my sports picture quiz...
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Level 76
Mar 4, 2024
Afghanistan's emergence has been remarkable, and was driven fairly recently by Afghan refugees in Pakistan learning the game. That country is still unable to host home matches, and it plays all of its games overseas.
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Level 68
May 23, 2020
South Africa is missing in the list. One of the top country missed in the list
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Level 62
May 23, 2020
Incorrect! Although Cricket Is fairly Popular in South Africa, Association Football continues To Be the Most Popular Sport!
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Level 82
May 27, 2020
And, at a guess, I'd say rugby union means cricket comes in third...
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Level 71
Jun 17, 2020
I was also expecting Australia and New Zealand to make the list... but upon further research, they have a lot of other popular sports (Australian football, rugby, etc.) so it seems that, as popular as cricket is, it can't be considered dominant.
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Level 46
Jul 23, 2022
Rugby union is like a religion in NZ, cricket is a distant second in popularity.
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Level 66
Jun 17, 2020
Love this quiz and the cricket repping! Congrats on your first feature!
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Level 62
Jun 17, 2020
Thanks :)
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Level 19
Jun 17, 2020
i literally guessed grenada & st kitts but couldn't guess bangladesh.
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Level 45
Apr 10, 2021
same-
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Level 52
Jun 18, 2020
What about the Bahamas?
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Level 79
Oct 4, 2021
Test playing nations clearly have cricket as their most popular sport during home series against other test nations. In Australia cricket is definitely the most popular summer sport and this is the measure that should be used.

The quiz is therefore nonsensical. Missing test nations are Zimbabwe, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and of course England. The Caribbean countries in the quiz assemble a single test team; the West Indies but they have their own identities and their own domestic competition which is actually an international competition.

Other countries play domestic cricket but it is a minor sport such as Canada, Netherlands, Ireland and China (Hong Kong)

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Level 81
Apr 12, 2022
Interesting to see that all of the Lesser Antilles are on here except for Dominica
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Level 74
May 3, 2022
Yes, the Wikipedia article does not specifically say what the most popular sport is in Dominica, but I suspect it might be cricket.
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Level 75
Jul 27, 2022
The source provided is very dodgy. It doesn't use the wikipedia article of Dominica (as stated in the instructions), it's a list that says Dominica is not included because of a 2-line stub article that randomly claims football is the most popular sport with no supporting evidence.

The actual wikipedia page for Dominica implies that cricket is the most popular sport, and research on Google heavily suggests it is too.

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Level 36
Jul 4, 2022
West Indies? England?Australia? New Zealand
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Level 82
Jul 23, 2022
You think cricket is the #1 most popular sport in England?
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2022
You have to keep in mind some of the nations which can play in the in the West Indies cricket team are not recognized countries (e.g.-St. Martin).
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Level 64
Mar 4, 2024
The West Indies isn't a country and several of the countries in the West Indies are answers on this quiz.
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2022
It’s weird how this sport was popularised by the United Kingdom but it isn’t the most popular sport in the United Kingdom.
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Level 55
Jul 25, 2022
Also, in England it is historically more a game for the elite classes - like rugby - and the masses have more numbers.

It is way down the list in Northern Ireland, probably less popular in Scotland as it hasn't got the weather for it and probably is not even the most popular summer sport in Cardiff. I'd guess that was probably baseball (of the traditional variety).

But Hey-ho. Glamorgan stand a chance of being promoted from Div 2 this year if they keep current form up.

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Level 60
Mar 4, 2024
The most popular sport in England is football, which was also invented there. A lot of sports were invented/codified in England.
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Level 36
Jul 23, 2022
Separate the West Indies countries, and add the to the list.
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Level 71
Jul 23, 2022
Nepal is a bit of a surprise because they don't have as large of a cricket presence on the international stage as their neighbors. I looked up their team and it seems that their national team is still relatively new. It'll be interesting seeing where it goes from here in the future.
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Level 66
Jul 23, 2022
IMO it's kind of boring just spamming countries, hoping to get it right.

I think it'd be more fun to see something like a random stat included as a hint.

Ex:

-This North American country has a population of 112,000 and uses English as the official language- answer Grenada..

-This Asian country is 90% Muslim, and became independent in 1971 following a war with Pakistan. It has been democratic since 1990- answer Bangladesh

At least I feel like I'm learning something useful that way

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Level 56
Jan 12, 2024
All quizzes about NBA franchises should also have city hints. if not there, why here?
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Level 64
Mar 4, 2024
Why are you spamming countries? Most of these are easy to guess (the only exceptions being Nepal and Guyana) if you know anything about international cricket, the continents hint (to let you know to ignore Europe and Oceania) is enough.

If you don't know anything about cricket then that's fine, but you can't really complain if a quiz about cricket expects you to know something about cricket.

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Level 70
Jul 24, 2022
Wondering is Maldives makes it to the list now. Also Bhutan, maybe?
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Level 73
Jul 27, 2022
No Jamaica?
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Level 21
Jul 27, 2022
All of the Caribbean Islands that play cricket should be classified as South America instead of North America, similar to Guyana.
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Level 66
Apr 30, 2023
Can you please change "St" to "Saint"? Because the only reason I didn't try those is because it was out of alphabetical order.
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Level 54
Jun 22, 2023
very nice quiz! a little easier than i'd thought, as i didn't think they'd all be bunched together so tightly
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Level 65
Sep 5, 2023
idk the first thing about cricket except where it's played ig, is it like baseball
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Level 64
Nov 30, 2023
no
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Level 64
Nov 30, 2023
baseball is like softball. cricket is really, really different.
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Level 55
Mar 4, 2024
Cricket is nothing like baseball. A quick search will tell you that.
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Level 56
Mar 4, 2024
Guyana mentioned I am happy