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‘Is ODI cricket dying’, Yuvraj asks after India-Sri Lanka series draws low attendance?

‘Is ODI cricket dying’, Yuvraj asks after India-Sri Lanka series draws low attendance?

The poor attendance in the third and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka on Sunday raised serious questions over the relevance of the 50-over format with former star Yuvraj Singh raising concerns.

The poor attendance in the third and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka on Sunday raised serious questions over the relevance of the 50-over format with former star Yuvraj Singh raising concerns. However, as India have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, the result of the third ODI will not have any bearing on the outcome of the series. But India is to host the ODI World Cup later this year and the absence of such a large number of spectators at the Greenfield International Stadium was not good to see.

Yuvraj, the hero of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning team, asked on Twitter when Shubman Gill had completed his century with Virat Kohli (166 not out). He said, “But what worries me is that half the stadium is empty? Is ODI cricket dying out? While the stadium’s only previous ODI – a rain-affected match between India and West Indies in 2018 – was packed with spectators, it wore a deserted look on Sunday as local crowds turned out to be low.

Only 20,000 spectators turned up to watch the match on Sunday against its capacity of 38,000 spectators. Krishna Prasad, the media manager of the Kerala Cricket Association, attributed this to a number of factors, including the lack of public interest in ODIs. Prasad told PTI, “We have never seen a half-empty stadium. Many reasons account for this. Now we don’t see much interest in ODIs. He said, “And on top of that, the result of the series in Kolkata was also out, with India taking an unassailable 2-0 lead. Then the opponent team was also Sri Lanka, so most of the people did not come to the stadium. ,

The tickets for the match were priced at Rs 1000 and Rs 2000. Prasad said, “There was not a single ticket left during the match against the West Indies. It was a rain-affected match and even the full 50 overs of the match could not be seen, yet the stadium was full of people. Except for Eden Gardens, very few spectators turned up to watch the matches throughout this series. 55,000 people watched the match in Kolkata. A large number of people reach Guwahati to watch the match, but even there the stadium was not full. The Barsapara Stadium has a capacity of 38,000 spectators, of which 25,000 were present. The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) attributed this to high ticket prices and the match was played in the middle of the week. The cost of tickets in this ranged from Rs 1500 to Rs 5000.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.



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