Held on 11 October each year since 2012, International Day of the Girl has promoted the opportunities available to girls with the aim to empower them to fulfil their potential in sport, education and work.

Cricket may have been a traditionally male sport in the past but this summer the number of girls playing has skyrocketed.

The Perth Scorchers Girls League now boasts 71 teams registered this season compared to 13 teams in the 2014-15 season. 

The remarkable success of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League and the Australian Women’s team has given young girls around the country something to aspire to. 

Bateman Junior Cricket Club Under-15’s player, Grace Nuttall said the growth in the sport has opened up new opportunities for her future as a cricketer.

“Playing cricket means a lot to me because girls didn’t used to have the opportunity to play,” Miss Nuttall said.

“Now, since lots of girls are playing, we have the chance to be a professional cricket player when we’re older.”

Caitlin Davies represents the Under-13 team at Bateman and said playing a sport she loves with other girls motivates her to be better.

“It’s always been a boys’ sport and with so many girls playing now, everyone is really encouraging and motivating which helps push me to the best of my abilities,” Miss Davies said.

For 12-year-old Steph Potma and 11-year-old Kyra Mansfield, playing cricket gives them confidence in their abilities and a sense of freedom.

International Day of the Girl serves as a reminder for the global community to work alongside girls to map new pathways for their future.

For the Australian cricket community, it’s about continuing to strive towards increasing girls’ participation in the game at the grassroots, while supporting the elite to continue playing the game they love as a career.