KSCA authorities unworried as India-Australia ODI sees below-par turnout
By: Narayan R
Bangalore, October 6: The fourth ODI between India and Australia held on September 28 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium saw a below-par turnout with only 23018 out of the 32000 available seats filled for the game.
The fourth ODI of the series was the final game at Chinnaswamy stadium before work begins on the pitch. The work on the pitch will go on for 4 to 5 months, and the wicket would only be ready by IPL 2018 which will begin in April. ALSO READ: Chinnaswamy stadium set for pitch revamp
Sudhakar Rao, Secretary, Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) stated the persistent fear of rains, added by the fact India had an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series meant the people did not come for the match. Also, he felt the crowd turnout was actually good, citing that a crowd of 15000 to 20000 for an ODI is positive in times of T20 International’s (T20Is) and Indian Premier League (IPL).
Santosh Menon, Assistant Secretary, KSCA stated the long weekend holiday which followed the game day (Thursday) could have been a reason for people not turning up for the game. Also, he said the forecast of rains and the game being a dead-rubber kept some people from coming.
Some people who could not attend the match blamed the high price of tickets and the lack of their availability online. The price of the ticket started at Rs 1500, with only BookmyShow and Ticketgenie selling them online.
Shankar, a cricket enthusiast said, “I wanted to buy tickets online, but to my surprise, BookmyShow had only tickets from Rs 5000-7500. At that moment, I did not know about Ticketgenie also selling the tickets. Hence, I did not attend the match, and watched it from home.”
Kartik, a resident of HSR Layout, also had similar thoughts. “I could not attend the match because the ticket price on BookmyShow was simply way too expensive, and I did not want to go to the counters for tickets in this rainy season.”
The KSCA officials though, disagreed.
Mr. Rao dismissed the claims that high pricing of tickets was a deterrent for some people, and also said that some per cent of tickets were available online, and some through counters, hence, online availability wasn’t a reason.
Mr Menon agreed with him. He said, “I don’t think agency was the reason. Cricket is not a sport which requires the support of agencies to sell tickets. Also, the tickets were available over the counters as well, so that wasn’t a reason for the low attendance.”
After trailing 3-0 in the series, Australia had their first taste of victory, clinching the game by 21 runs.