India v England, 5th ODI, Kolkata October 26, 2011

Emptiness in Eden

Despite the high profile of the series, the quality of the opposition and India's success in undoing some of the humiliation of the summer, the paying public stayed away from the series against England
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India's 5-0 series sweep over England was played out in an unusual setting: at each of the five venues, row upon row of empty seats, vacant corporate boxes and vast tracts of sparsely occupied stands. This, in India's first series at home after winning the World Cup.

Despite the high profile of the series, the quality of the opposition and India's success in undoing some of the misery of the summer, India's paying public stayed away for the first time in an ODI series featuring their cricket team. The general consensus was that it was due to overkill - too much cricket involving India of late - and, in some cases, overpriced tickets.

Consider these figures:

  • The 63,000-seater Eden Gardens, where the whitewash was completed on Tuesday, was more than half-empty, for the first time in local memory at an India game. The crowd was to be estimated in the region of 28,000 with tickets sales figures the night before the match being put down at 5868 by the Cricket Association of Bengal. An alternate estimate said the crowd figures had risen to 35,000 towards the end of the Indian innings. The absence of turnstiles at most Indian grounds makes it difficult to arrive at accurate numbers of the turnout for matches.

  • The opening game in Hyderabad had an approximate crowd of 28,150 out of the official capacity of 39,600, according to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA).

  • At the second ODI in Delhi, police estimated a crowd of 35,000 out of a capacity of 42,000; other estimates put the attendance at closer to 30,000.

  • Crowd figures from the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), hosts of the third ODI in Mohali, said about 25,000 of the 27,500 seats were occupied during the match there.

  • Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, came from the Wankhede Stadium during the fourth ODI, watched by 18,000 in a stadium that seats 33,000; the MCA said they'd sold 13,000 tickets.

According to PCA secretary and former BCCI treasurer M P Pandove, the poor ticket sales are not a reason for worry. "Tickets these days are not even 20% of our overall revenue," he told ESPNcricinfo. The worries, he said, lay elsewhere, "because only if people are interested will the other revenues come."

His implication was that Indian cricket ran on TV revenues, not gate receipts, but there could be concerns even on that front. While television ratings for the entire series are not yet in, the TAM ratings for the first three ODIs averaged 2.91 - significantly lower than the average IPL TAM ratings in 2011 (3.94) and also the Champions LeagueT20 final (3.51).

BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale told AFP that the spectator numbers at some of the matches had "surprised" him. "We got good crowds for the first two games in Hyderabad and New Delhi, so it can't be that people are tired of watching," he said. "Of course the low turnout at some matches has surprised me. We usually get full houses for one-day games. The Diwali (festival) period could be one of the main reasons."

Hyderabad Cricket Association joint secretary S Venkateshwaran says every association should study ticket pricing carefully in order to keep the crowd numbers high. The HCA, he said, would have altered its pricing had its ODI been held halfway through the series. "If we had got the 3rd or the 4th ODI in the series, we could have looked at the crowd statistics from the other venues and adjusted accordingly."

To key MCA officials, however, ticket pricing was not the reason the crowd response had been poor. The MCA said that it had sold Rs 3 crores worth of tickets and therefore their administration could not be held responsible for the empty seats. MCA president Vilasrao Deshmukh, a former chief minister of Maharashtra, told Mumbai tabloid Mid-Day that the ticket prices "were not very high. People in Mumbai have the capacity to pay that much." According to Deshmukh, the absence of "superstars like Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag is also a factor why people haven't flocked to the stadium. Another reason could be the Diwali festival."

An MCA committee member told ESPNcricinfo that in Mumbai the tickets had been far too expensive - the cheapest tickets were priced at Rs 1000, for the East Stand, and the most expensive were priced around Rs 10,000. In Hyderabad, the tickets in the East and West Stand, which are usually priced at Rs 200, were divided up into slabs: Rs 1000 for the lower-tier tickets and Rs 300 for the higher-tier tickets. Venkateshwaran said: "In hindsight, we miscalculated. Usually, we price those tickets at Rs 200 as common people come for the matches."

"The BCCI should have a rethink about the tight and jampacked schedule. We understand that there is a big demand for the Indians and they are behind about 60-70% of the cricket economy, but there's got to be a balance"
DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan

Public transport to the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Uppal had been affected by the Telangana agitation, but he believed "overkill" had also led to the poor response. "We must also look at how to get more people in," Venkateshwaran said. "People may not want to come if a ground is hosting two or three matches in a year. There could be an overkill of cricket; we had hosted several Champions League matches before the ODI."

Overkill is a reason offered by several others, with DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan saying that the thin crowds in Mumbai had indicated to him that there was a problem the BCCI needed addressing. "The BCCI should have a rethink about the tight and jampacked schedule," he said. "We understand that there is a big demand for the Indians and they are behind about 60-70% of the cricket economy, but there's got to be a balance. Not only does an empty stadium look bad on TV, who would like to play an international match in front no crowd?"

Pandove said the stands in Mohali filled up in the second half of the match but that the higher-priced air-conditioned lounge had gone empty and the reasons could be "because of how many matches are being played around the world ... this has never happened in an India international at any of these grounds." The PCA's student tickets, priced at Rs 100, sold quickly, but its AC lounge tickets, around Rs 12,000 including hospitality, could not be sold.

After the poor tour of England, the five ODIs against England had been billed and built up as a "revenge" or "payback" series.

Other than the Indian cricket team making an emphatic statement against England on the field, there was another element of payback in the series. That of the Indian spectators against what is being made available to them at most cricket grounds around the country.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo. Additional reporting by Tariq Engineer and Abhishek Purohit

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  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | October 29, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    @Angelo's world: Weather you like it or not club cricket is here to stay, just like you have EPL,LA LIGA N BUNDESLIGA in football or Nba, Nfl or MLB.......Why we in India are so sensitive about nation v/s nation, in USA all they have is probably city/franchises to play each all the time Olympics n world cup being only exception .... In India there is so much undue pressure when you play for India,there are so many media channels dissecting every player performances......while on other hand these players really enjoy playing IPL cos pressure on them is that much less and. I think IPL franchises should also add 50-50 over cricket in future.......i find it amusing that despite so much club /IPL bashing they deliver better crowds n TRP rating than our Indian team

  • POSTED BY Angelo's world on | October 29, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    It's funny when officials that too much cricket is the reason for sparse crowds but then go ahead and deny that too much cricket is not responsible for fatigue of our players resulting in broken bones and fitness issues when it comes to crucials matches and series....

    They can afford them playing for their clubs but are injured when it comes to playing for the nation.....

    The fans are not blind and I can assure you that the tv rating for viewers watching the match would have also shown a considerable drop...

    wake up BCCI......

  • POSTED BY I_Love_Cricket_7 on | October 28, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Sreesants sledging is far better than kohli's emotion now a days. Even a Ind vs Pak match in coming years can not fill the hole in the stadium now onwards. All my friend's[room mates] mind set is now that they need 6 in each over not even a 4. They switch channels in the middle of 2 ball. They cannot even wait for 1 mins & you are taking about 1000 bucks to see changu mangu. No way. This is the real thing happening. I dont know what you call it a overkill or something but the crez is reduced far too extend. I started regretting why i had wasted a lot time in watching cricket, in stead of playing cricket or studying.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    The common people fill up the stadium, I dont understand what Mr. Deshmukh means by "people in mumbai can afford that much" Reality check required.

  • POSTED BY sarathy_m2 on | October 28, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    This is the result of Flat-Pitch-Winner motivation.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Dont watch cricket in the stadium . Whats the point if you can see the same thing in TV??

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 27, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    India seem to have Non-Stop Cricket. England series has hardly ended before WI series starts. This follows Indian tour of WI immediately followed by touring England & preceded by over 2 months of IPL. This is lot of cricket on an on going basis. It resulted in injuries via" Player Fatigue" to several stars starting from Sehwag,Tendulkar, Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer, Munaf, Ishant, Harbhajan to Kumar.In addition this will also result in "Spectator Fatigue" - blunting their keenness to watch Cricket. This is further exacerbated by easy availability of games on TV/PC + Hugely increased Gate Fees + Safety concerns + People being busy. As some people have suggested rightly, reduce the number of games & reduce the exhorbitant greed in Ticket Fee.Money seems to be at the root cause - with BCCI making a profit of $39 Million for the year & not spending enough on betterment of Cricket as a game. BCCI & all state boards should take this as a warning &rectify these deficiencies.

  • POSTED BY symsun on | October 27, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Its not Over Kill or Icons missing in this series. Its all about Pricing. BCCI should understand that their stands are filled only by Common Man not by the Richies. Because of IT, common mans spending ability has gone little bit. But its a calculated expenditure. IT persons can afford utmost Rs 500 for cricket, otherwise he would just think of having a beer and friends at home, watching clearly with replays and commentary in LCD/LED tv. Similarly middle class people can think of going to stadium, if the pricing is around Rs 100, Rs 200. They will think of spending Rs 500, only if it is an important match, a series decider or final or world cup. Not even for IPL, CL. They would love to watch and support Men in Blue - Team India. They dont mind who is playing Sachin / Sehwag. The above is said is not just my comment. Its wat we hear every where around us.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | October 27, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    When the tickets are pricey, the crowd will of course look at the profile of both the teams. We are The Champs and the other is just a decent side with no crowd pulling power, barring KP and Swann. Turns out they didn't even play like a decent side. They played like a hapless bunch of amateurs. The fact that Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Broad and Anderson weren't playing didn't help either. I say, good that the administrators couldn't fool the crowd. But the ones who spent their hard earned money were the losers as a result of the unfortunate, sad performances by the visitors. Just imagine if England and India thumped each other's bowlers in the first two ODIs with the matches going to the last over and the series standing at 1-1! That would have helped the ticket sales to a great extent. I would say, the people were smart and didn't waste their money on this horribly mismatched series.

  • POSTED BY K.S.Anand on | October 27, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    There is an overdose of Cricket for sure. Also it could be that this series has been right around Diwali which certainly takes away money from peoples monthly budget. Have games before festivals had similar low turn-out earlier?

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | October 29, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    @Angelo's world: Weather you like it or not club cricket is here to stay, just like you have EPL,LA LIGA N BUNDESLIGA in football or Nba, Nfl or MLB.......Why we in India are so sensitive about nation v/s nation, in USA all they have is probably city/franchises to play each all the time Olympics n world cup being only exception .... In India there is so much undue pressure when you play for India,there are so many media channels dissecting every player performances......while on other hand these players really enjoy playing IPL cos pressure on them is that much less and. I think IPL franchises should also add 50-50 over cricket in future.......i find it amusing that despite so much club /IPL bashing they deliver better crowds n TRP rating than our Indian team

  • POSTED BY Angelo's world on | October 29, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    It's funny when officials that too much cricket is the reason for sparse crowds but then go ahead and deny that too much cricket is not responsible for fatigue of our players resulting in broken bones and fitness issues when it comes to crucials matches and series....

    They can afford them playing for their clubs but are injured when it comes to playing for the nation.....

    The fans are not blind and I can assure you that the tv rating for viewers watching the match would have also shown a considerable drop...

    wake up BCCI......

  • POSTED BY I_Love_Cricket_7 on | October 28, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Sreesants sledging is far better than kohli's emotion now a days. Even a Ind vs Pak match in coming years can not fill the hole in the stadium now onwards. All my friend's[room mates] mind set is now that they need 6 in each over not even a 4. They switch channels in the middle of 2 ball. They cannot even wait for 1 mins & you are taking about 1000 bucks to see changu mangu. No way. This is the real thing happening. I dont know what you call it a overkill or something but the crez is reduced far too extend. I started regretting why i had wasted a lot time in watching cricket, in stead of playing cricket or studying.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    The common people fill up the stadium, I dont understand what Mr. Deshmukh means by "people in mumbai can afford that much" Reality check required.

  • POSTED BY sarathy_m2 on | October 28, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    This is the result of Flat-Pitch-Winner motivation.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Dont watch cricket in the stadium . Whats the point if you can see the same thing in TV??

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 27, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    India seem to have Non-Stop Cricket. England series has hardly ended before WI series starts. This follows Indian tour of WI immediately followed by touring England & preceded by over 2 months of IPL. This is lot of cricket on an on going basis. It resulted in injuries via" Player Fatigue" to several stars starting from Sehwag,Tendulkar, Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer, Munaf, Ishant, Harbhajan to Kumar.In addition this will also result in "Spectator Fatigue" - blunting their keenness to watch Cricket. This is further exacerbated by easy availability of games on TV/PC + Hugely increased Gate Fees + Safety concerns + People being busy. As some people have suggested rightly, reduce the number of games & reduce the exhorbitant greed in Ticket Fee.Money seems to be at the root cause - with BCCI making a profit of $39 Million for the year & not spending enough on betterment of Cricket as a game. BCCI & all state boards should take this as a warning &rectify these deficiencies.

  • POSTED BY symsun on | October 27, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Its not Over Kill or Icons missing in this series. Its all about Pricing. BCCI should understand that their stands are filled only by Common Man not by the Richies. Because of IT, common mans spending ability has gone little bit. But its a calculated expenditure. IT persons can afford utmost Rs 500 for cricket, otherwise he would just think of having a beer and friends at home, watching clearly with replays and commentary in LCD/LED tv. Similarly middle class people can think of going to stadium, if the pricing is around Rs 100, Rs 200. They will think of spending Rs 500, only if it is an important match, a series decider or final or world cup. Not even for IPL, CL. They would love to watch and support Men in Blue - Team India. They dont mind who is playing Sachin / Sehwag. The above is said is not just my comment. Its wat we hear every where around us.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | October 27, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    When the tickets are pricey, the crowd will of course look at the profile of both the teams. We are The Champs and the other is just a decent side with no crowd pulling power, barring KP and Swann. Turns out they didn't even play like a decent side. They played like a hapless bunch of amateurs. The fact that Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Broad and Anderson weren't playing didn't help either. I say, good that the administrators couldn't fool the crowd. But the ones who spent their hard earned money were the losers as a result of the unfortunate, sad performances by the visitors. Just imagine if England and India thumped each other's bowlers in the first two ODIs with the matches going to the last over and the series standing at 1-1! That would have helped the ticket sales to a great extent. I would say, the people were smart and didn't waste their money on this horribly mismatched series.

  • POSTED BY K.S.Anand on | October 27, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    There is an overdose of Cricket for sure. Also it could be that this series has been right around Diwali which certainly takes away money from peoples monthly budget. Have games before festivals had similar low turn-out earlier?

  • POSTED BY srae on | October 27, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    How about we blame it on the format? ODI is to be kinda phased out if I can say soon? I am in for tests and T20 lets just stop this boring format played over all day to get a result, be honest who has got one whole day to watch your home team play?

  • POSTED BY Ravi_kumar_Kinnera on | October 27, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    The stadium is empty in Hyderabad was due to Transport problem, there was some telangana issue was going on that time. And because of Diwali the stadium was empty for final ODI. Also for too much of T20 cricket. India has to think about making pace bowling friendly pitches.

  • POSTED BY Vpx23 on | October 27, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Amit Choudhary..Sachin, Sehwag & Yuvi are not going be there for long...We need a long term solution. It is purely an Overkill. Period!!

    Batsmen are now getting a bit boring/predicable due to the 20-20 format..

    What can now pull the crowds in is a Three or Four Pronged Raw Pace Attack. Something which is sure going to exite the Indian Public. And I believe India is sensing something there. 1991 India went with a four pace attack in Aus tour. KAPIL, PRABKAR, SRINATH & SUBROTO...Maybe come two decades down the line we will be able to witness a similar scenario.. ZAK , PRAVEEN , SREE , VARON with YADAV & ISHANT as back up in Aus. It is going to be a lip smacking affair that if I all are fit in time.

  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    IPL should be conducted once in 2 years.This move will solve all the problems in Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY RajitD on | October 27, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    MCA definitely was out priced. I had checked on kyazoonga the day before the match. East stand tickets were priced at INR 1000 and the only other stand available was Sachin Tendulkar Stand at INR 20,000. Other stands were not offered on internet. East stand at Wankhede sucks, and after paying INR 1000 for a Sachin tendulkar upper stand ticket for the WC Finals for INR 5000 (to touts), there was no way I was going to pay more than 2500 for the tickets. With at least 15 games to go for each season, the people who can pay would pick and choose. Right?

  • POSTED BY agupta429 on | October 27, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    can we stop focusing on crowds? At this time we need to look back at everything the English were saying about India, in England, and give them a fitting reply publicly. why downplay Indian 'revenge' , as many people call it, by pointing out negatives that doesnt even concern the match outcome.

    If the English can boast about their "D/L" wins, our 5-0 whitewash was Epic comparatively.

  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Obviously the lesser crowd is mainly due to high ticket rates and toooo much cricket being played for team India. Sachin had the courtesy to cheer mumbai Indians but neevr felt like even coming over to see the national team performing. I am very happy for him and hope his quest for monitary benefits take him higher. Other senior players are atleast playing local league and no comments on them. Overall players conduct is also important for crowds to cheer. Everything else is clean and clear.

  • POSTED BY beerlover on | October 27, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Its definitely due to overdose of cricket, Compared to other major teams indians are playing way too cricket. Its seems ridiculous when some people say because of the absence of key players like sachin, sehwag the crowd turnout is low. Then what will happen when they retire from the game. Indians are playing non stop cricket right from the World cup. I am afraid we are going to meet a similar fate in Australia this summer as we had in England.

  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    there is only one reason that is sachin sehwag and yuvraj were not in the team .....this shows they are not only the match winners but are also the crowd pullers...bcci bring them and be sue ur whole of the stadiums wherever u play will be jam ;packed

  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Stadiums were empty becuase of pathetic oppssition(England). Australia is another sroty.

  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    what was the point of organizing matches in metro cities..which already have hosted a large number of matches...i think other cities like ahmedabad, kochi, gwalior, jaipur etc should have been the venues

  • POSTED BY sravanmalle on | October 27, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    If you look back 3 years ago when IPL had not started people were thronging to stadiums with plenty of excitement, ODI cricket had lot of charm and enthusiasm. But ever since IPL & domestic cricket started gaining its momentum people getting bored to watch 50 over game spending almost a day in a stadium.

    Of course these domestic cricket gives youngsters the opportunity to make their way to International cricket. But International cricket is losing its value because of too much domestic cricket. Atleast India should try to reduce the number of matches being played in a year. By this way we can protect the players from injuries and also can bring crowd in big numbers.

  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    @ itsthewayuplay. agreed made XD

  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Ticket prices have been exorbitant. BCCI is killing a golden goose with an overdose.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | October 27, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    This has lot to do with obsession of BCCI with IPL and India falling from no 1 rank in tests.People dont want so much of Cricket especially the lucid cricket that is IPL.Once India will start performing well overseas ,especially in tests ,hardcore fans will return to stadiums .Cricinfo kindly publish.

  • POSTED BY SriUSA on | October 27, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Indian fans are paying back. During world cup they were I'll treated by ICC and BCCI and lathi charged. They were not given enough tickets during world cup. Now the cricketing authorities want the Indian spectator and fan to pay and watch the games while BCCI makes all the money? Funny.

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | October 27, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    For the lousy facilities provided in a typical Indian cricket stadium, even Rs. 200 is an overkill. No car parking, no decent food, stinking toilets, suspect numbering of seats etc, etc. Just another arrogant service provider taking advantage of a cricket and bollywood crazy nation.

  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    This is Coz of Diwali Eve. Not Coz of overdoes in Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    first of all there are only 6 nations playing cricket that matter. over that, you play each other all the time. who cares. i surely don't and nor did the 30,000 empty seats at eden gardens

  • POSTED BY ramab on | October 27, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    With almost half or more tickets/passes going for freebies (I don't understand why it should be so high - should be only less than 10% not almost 50%), the chances are the prices are going to be high especially after the world cup success at home. Also people are busy doing shopping for diwali etc. Further there are a lot of hassles one has to go through when attending a match. The hassles include long lines (mostly unorganized), not allowing cameras, high prices (tickets/parking/eatables), poor crowd management. poor spectator facilities and the additional time spent (before and after the game). It should be more of an enjoyment instead of hassle. I had attended one match about 2 years ago and have decided not to go again. Also add the lack of so called "star" power.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    These matches were meaningless so it's no surprise the attendances were poor. They will be quickly forgotten just like the ODIs in England were. All it proved was that India are far better equipped to win ODIs in India and England are far better equipped to win ODIs in England, surprise, surprise. Neither team were particularly motivated to master conditions and adapt whilst on tour because the matches are meaningless. ODIs badly need restructuring so that the matches DO matter. The obvious solution is a World ODI League with promotion and relegation - 7 countries in each division playing the other 6 in their division twice at home and twice away, a maximum of 12 matches at home and 12 away every year. Each match would then be relevant as every team will want to be top and every team will want to avoid relegation. Let's get rid of all these pointless ODI series and move forward with a World League which rewards merit and is open to all teams who are good enough for it.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | October 26, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    I paid to go into Chidambaram Stadium for 5 days in 2008. What is the opposite of "money well spent"? Still, at least I was with The Army :-)

  • POSTED BY AjaySridharan on | October 26, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    I'm delighted to see this! I would have been happier to see lower numbers. People in India are starved of good quality entertainment, and Cricket (even the abject quality put out by IPL) has cashed in on that for way too long. People are saying with a thumping voice that they have better things to do in their lives. I hope the TV ratings are abysmal too. Look at the arrogance of one of the officials saying that gate receipts are not a cause of concern for him. Does he even understand the dynamics of the business of sports?! About time that Cricket faced a reality check in India.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    At some point, the people will eventually refuse to being bled.

    The BCCI has been exploiting the Indian passion for cricket. Overpriced ticket (Rs. 1000 cheapest, really?) and way too many matches means a picky crowd.

    Game 5 in Eden Gardens. 4-0 India already. No Sachin, no Sehwag and a dead rubber. People aren't idiots. Why would you waste Rs 1000 on a dead match when you can watch it for free in TV?

    BCCI is a bunch greedy pigs. They deserved the lukewarm response from the crowd.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | October 26, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    @salam-india - you blame the abscene of Nehra? Youre having a laugh right? The rest of the flat track bullies you mentioned are nearly gone so get used to only IPL!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 26, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay: I think you are not right when you say the grounds were only half full. Every stadium had about 80% of capacity except in Mumbai where it was only about 60% full. Also cricket is the most popular sport in India played at every street corner & open space. So trying to say that the Indians do not understand cricket is totally false. Even Indian Womens Cricket team is doing well. Lots of IPL teams have female owners. Thirdly India draws more spectators than England does, where the stadiums are less than 50% capcity consistently. Many counties in England are going bankrupt. The reason again is greed of the owners to charge more ticket Fee than warranted just like the Indians are experiencing here. So the real reason for lower turnout is 1. Unreasonably high gate Fee 2. Accessibility of the game on TV & PC 3. Possible Safety concerns - which may have affected the lower turnout in Mumbai. Supporting home is natural & exists in all countries.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | October 26, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    BCCI is disconnected with the cricket lovers of India. According to BCCI, its all about revenues, and most of revenues come from TV not gate fees. So BCCI dont invest in stadiums, facilites or service. This despite what the new guy heading it, Srinivasan, claims that it deserves its tax free status so that he can "invest in cricket infrastrcuture". I say that BCCI should lose its tax free status for not doing enough to provide high quality stadiums and services - the infrasturcutre - to the public.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Its simple..This is because the God isn't playing. Sachin Tendulkar = crowd. No Tendulkar = no crowd. As simple as that.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | October 26, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    IPL and CL is killing cricket, it is overdose. cut off IPL and CL from the calendar

  • POSTED BY theRule19 on | October 26, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    That's right, an overdose of cricket in India has possibly led to this situation. Thanks to the IPL, and other domestic and international Ttwenty competitions.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Ti ckets were far too overpriced cheapest one costing Rs 1000 in Mumbai. Thats robbery. These centres all had got many many matches of IPL and Champions League. People cant have same enthusiasm when they have seen enough cricket to last a lifetime. These centres got many World Cup matches and IPL and CL matches. And plus so high priced tickets. Thyese one dayers should have been given to cricket starved araeas like Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Vijaywada, Pune, Vadodara, Jodhpur, Gwalior, Indore etc so that people would have come and made full houses.

  • POSTED BY i_witnessed_2011 on | October 26, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    I think Overprice and OverCricket is the main reason for less turn out. But It is good for Indian Cricket. Its fitting reply to BCCI that there is someone else who controls the cricket in India i.e Common Man. Hope we will have less matches in the coming years.

  • POSTED BY Angad11 on | October 26, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Ofcourse its Diwali people. If the Indian cricket team does not want to take off during Diwali and play matches all thru the year it does not mean the spectators should too. I would rather stand in line to buy Fire Works for Diwali instead of going to a cricket match, which i can watch on TV anyway.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | October 26, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Most Indians spectators don't fully understand cricket and with all the tactics and nuances that the games brings. Most only know 4s and 6s and then only when it's scored by and Ind batsman. (1) In this ODI series the grounds have been deserted when Ind were bowling and reached their maximum when Ind were batting because they understand the art of bowling (2) Why is the spectators bring the house down when an Ind batter hits a boundary but have a look on their face like a family member has died when an opposition batsman scores runs?

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 26, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    I think greed for money thru' badly priced tickets is the main cause. Why should Rs. 200 tickets be raised to Rs. 1000, as HCA did? Similarly why should the fans pay Rs. 10,000 for ticket to watch an ODI? Even in England the tickets were far too expensive. If the adminstrators do not eliminate their greed for money, they will kill the golden goose that lays the eggs!. Common people in India cannot pay Rs. 10,000 for a single ticket even if it is in Mumbai. Why should they pay so much when they can watch "free" on a PC or TV? I woulod much rather spend that money on Diwali celebration buying new clothes for the family.These are economically tough times. Money does not grow on trees. So BCCI & various state Boards, Please reduce your greed - be realistic and think more on practical basis.Encourage cricket fans to watch matches thru' fair pricing or else people will stay away in even greater number.I can do lot more things at home while watching cricket on TV & save Rs. 10.000!.

  • POSTED BY krishnaprashanth on | October 26, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    because of absence of sachin sehwag

  • POSTED BY rajeevjayadevan on | October 26, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Several factors played a role. 1.Many Indians go to the stadium to see Sachin Tendulkar, and he was absent. 2.The absence of stars made even a cricket-crazy fan like me end up checking the score on cricinfo, instead of watching the game live on TV. 3.With the advent of 20/20, and ODI seems like a test match! 4.Most younger people, including me, lack the patience we once had when life was slower, and are heavily into multitasking even while relaxing at home. 5. The only star worth a watch was Dhoni, and he did deliver!

  • POSTED BY indianpunter on | October 26, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    I wonder if anyone from BCCI reads these forums. There are some absolute "gem" comments here. Bill Gates once famously said, " i learn maximum from my most dissatisfied customer". BCCI has to wake up to ground realities. The fan wants to be treated with more respect. they want better facilities and better access to games. No one wants to pay thru their noses and then get to smell the stench of poorly maintained toilets. The Indian fan is taken for granted by the BCCI and the old adage might come in handy here " nothing lasts forever"

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    BCCI should learn 4m it n reduce prices for such meaningless matches........

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | October 26, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    @moonuranus; in Pak vs Ind doesn't matter where any team is ranked. You never know what'll happen next :D

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | October 26, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    BCCI is so wired. I always thought it was impossible to see cricket stadiums empty in India; but they somehow managed that. ME TOO WANNA SEE PAK VS INDIA (5 TEST; 7 ODIS; 3 T20IS) ^^*

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    BCCI may ignore this statistic as it doesnt hurt their coffers directly, but if they continue to do so, the indirect effect would be huge, in terms of reduced viewership on TV, as the TRP indicates. I havent watched a single match on the television, I havent even subscribed for the channel, simply because I didnt feel this series was any important. I would have rather watched a 3 test series between these two nations more intently than a worthless ODI. its in no way a payback for the humiliation suffered in England. Today BCCI and ICC is catering for those floating viewers who have momentary interest in ODI and T20s. It wont be long before these viewers switch over to a soap opera and stop watching cricket. Its a true cricket lover and test match cricket that can keep cricket alive.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    I think the major reason behind lack of interest in ODI is too much of t20 cricket,IPL,CLT20.people hav inclined towards t20games due to their shorter version.ICC must tak some counter measures to limit the numbr of t20 games.test matches must also be increased.appropriate gap between series can also build interest.

    WAQAR MAJEED Karachi

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    The BCCI should take note with regards to the situation involving Chris Gayle and the WICB because if that the issue remains unresolved then they run the risk of even fewer crowds turning up for the matches if any crowds turn up at all. We all know how much players like CG, Dwayne Bravo and Sarwan or loved or respected in India especially CG. Let's hope that common sense prevails in the West Indies or I fair an even worst turnout for that series. No one likes to see a one-sided series or players with the inability to play all types of bowling, i.e spin.

  • POSTED BY kadampan on | October 26, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    BCCI is to be blamed. ICL was started by Kapil Dev to give youngsters a chance to play with international cricketers when they are not selected for national level. BCCI with high handedness killed ICL and created IPL. Now every one wants to play IPL not international matches. IPL should be made available only to players not in national squad.

  • POSTED BY motiur_rahman on | October 26, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Its like watching Indian soap operas with Dhoni as the leading star .

    Give Indian people a break , BCCI.

  • POSTED BY din2383 on | October 26, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    now indians are intersted in other sports now india had won the world cup its pinacle of cricket its time people are diverting their attention to other sports. i live in bombay i always go to cricket but this time i had not gone because i was watching rugby world cup. now people are intersted only in 20twenty, soocer is live formula sports is catching now cricket popularity will fall down urban youth is not intersted in cricket . after sachin retire noboby will come to cricket rugby is more intersting than cricket

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    well.. i was die hard cricket fan.. but i think its over dose....tht kills cricket... and rise of T20. .........odi is now too lenghty.................

  • POSTED BY salam-india on | October 26, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    I think the absences of..Sehwag-->Sachin-->Yusuf-->Bajji-->Zaheer-->Nehra

  • POSTED BY ian_ghose on | October 26, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    I once went to see a match in a stadium in India, and the conditions for spectators was absolutely appalling, to put it mildly. The toilets were poorly maintained - one could smell the stench hundreds of yards away! There wasn't even properly running water. After a while the stands get terribly heated up and unfortunately, there is this endless noise, which can be fun if its a 90-min football match, but leaves the ears numb and the head feeling jarred and heavy after 7 hours. Why would you want to spend money to be harassed and left jaded at the end of it all, not to mention catch diseases from the health hazard of a toilet, especially if you have chilrden, or have to go to work the next day.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | October 26, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    meh. diwali coming up and would I rather try to finish shopping, or go to the stadium and watch India play England of all sides?

  • POSTED BY agupta429 on | October 26, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    BCCI has started to see everything in terms of Dollars instead of Rupees. This cannot and WILL not work with the Average man of India and our economic way of life.

    Watching matches in stadiums aren't just for the Ambanis and Bollywood stars you know.. you shouldn't have to be a millionaire/billionaire to be able to do that.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    It definitely is true that the Ticket Pricing is a key Factor in the crowd not being there.Those who like to watch the match live at the Venue will always flock but if the price is right.One cannot afford Rs. 1000/- every match and it is stupid to think that Mumbaikars can afford to pay high price and so screw them of their money and that goes for all the Cities and towns where the matches are held. The new Faces in the India Team are going to be there for long time and its stupid to think that people just want to see the superstars. So its better the Cricket Associations wake up and price the tickets which the common man can pay or sell season tickets for the all the Cricket Matches held at these venues priced reasonably.

  • POSTED BY slowerball on | October 26, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Awesome! Time India got on in other sports. Thank you IPL for doing what Indians even with great will could not do viz., stop watching cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    ODIs these days are getting dull.you can see all the matches in the recent series were one sided.this is the main reason.you can see the response of champions league where every match was a nail biter.odi needs a bit more like those finishes.

  • POSTED BY Balldinho on | October 26, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    India JUST played England 5 times in an ODI .... why do the fans want to see 5 more now?! CRICKET NEEDS MORE VARIETY! GET MORE TEAMS IN

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | October 26, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    While the response of Hyderabad cricket association is understandable it is politicians like Vilas Rao Deshmukh remarks are deplorable who dont understand anything and then try to reason out. Crowd come to see India win against quality opposition and not because of a Sachin Tendulkar. It is typical of Congress politician to defend high prices of tickets as something Mumbai can afford. If this attitude goes on some day ordinary person in Mumbai would never be able to come to stadium. I think then Income Tax department has done well to withdraw the status as charity nature of organization. Cricket overkill and since WI is not quality opposition the crowds may even be less in that series.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | October 26, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    India crowds would love INDIA vs PAK. I dont think the game pulled in any crowd cause Englan had already lost the series. Future star of India would be Rohit Sharma. Sachin, Laxman and Dravid will have a last series against Aussies. BCCI should have someone work on Praveen Kumar - his such a dangerous bowler but needs more pace. A rare talent. The selectors will have a tough call to make on the team for Australia and should use the next series against West Indies to check out talent.

  • POSTED BY Ali_Chaudhary on | October 26, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Oh Sharda. You again with a nonesense.

    Overdose of Crikcet etc. is all rubbish.

    No Tendulkar - No Crowd

    As simple as that.

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | October 26, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    @Sriraj GS :Btw like it or not IPL is indeed keeping cricket alive, just look at the capacity crowds in middle of 40 + degrees tempereture,look at the consistent TRP ratings higher than for Indian national team except for the magical World cup cos India won it..... even the players look foreward to it cos they can play freely without the fear of 100 odd newschannels dissecting there performances.....it's the tournament which gives chance to some young players hoping to be a part of Indian team or aeging domestic players who coudn't play for India some due recognition......West indies tour the 5 one-dayers will be played in so called " B " centres n i expect full houses......another reason is the same team playing each other playing so often in such a short time.....Real Madrid v/s Barcelona is awaited with such bated breath cos they play each other only twice in a year....any way in metros people have other distractions also.....easily the most intelligent forum i have been part of ..

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | October 26, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    I'm surprised it's taken this long to reach saturation point. Seems as though even if "people in Mumbai have the capacity to pay that much", they don't want to, if they've watched a few matches already this year. But for some reason, executives always believe there is a never-ending supply of money and goodwill from fans.

  • POSTED BY newMachine on | October 26, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    i think India would come out to support cricket if certain players are on the team

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | October 26, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    It is simply not enjoyable to go to the stadiums to watch games anymore. Indian fans are crazy about cricket but the BCCI cannot keep exploiting that if they provide sub-par facilities and rude staff at stadiums. I don't even follow baseball much, but I used to go to the Yankees stadium in New York just for the enjoyable atmosphere. These are days of 46" LED TVs with surrond sound speakers. You want the public in stadiums, you better start treating fans like paying customers instead of treating them like sheep. Otherwise sipping a beer and watching cricket on my TV will be just fine, thank you.

  • POSTED BY Aragorn_11 on | October 26, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Paksitan vs India would fill the stadiums...end of...play for Kashmir and not a cup...wouldn't that pack the houses ;)

  • POSTED BY crikbuff on | October 26, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    This is all because of bad governance. Look at the ridiculous statement made by Vilasrao Deshmukh! In fact the North stand ticket prices at Wankhede were upto 20,000. Cheapest ticket available on kyazoonga.com was for 4,000. How can the common man afford to pay even 1,000 for the horrible view from East stand? Diwali holidays are a reason for more crowds, not less. This is what happens when politicians take over cricket administration. They are in it only for the power, and not to serve and develop the sport.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Dude why the hell ppl are making this a issue?

    Obviously its a festival season in india..you expect this.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | October 26, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    @The_Shaman_of_sexy on (October 26 2011, 07:21 AM GMT) "how come no one is talking abt the absence of Sachin as a factor ?? isn't he the ultimate crowd puller ???--LOL".. Read the article. There's a line in there which says "According to Deshmukh, the absence of superstars like Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag is also a factor why people haven't flocked to the stadium." That looks to me like someone has talked about it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    This is all because of the abyssmal performance of India in England. Indian fans want good performance of abroad. The last pathetic drubbing at the hands of Enland have taken the interest out of Indian fans.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    This is all because of the abyssmal performance of India in England. Indian fans want good performance of abroad. The last pathetic drubbing at the hands of Enland have taken the interest out of Indian fans.

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | October 26, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    The games should be given to the grounds where people are more interested in cricket, not only to the powerful peoples (Remember Eden gardens hosted a game in the last year with 3 or 4 cr loss and no tickets was available to the public because the stadium was under some repair work. whats the point when many other venues looking for a game). The big venues like Mumbai, Delhi Kolcutta...people are more in to star power, not just cricket power. Also may be a ticket price could be a factor.

  • POSTED BY IndiaNumeroUno on | October 26, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    "Do what they do in the US for their baseball and football games. Local TV coverage is blacked out unless the stadium is sold out"... That's the most stupid thing to do and a sure fire way of killing a sport in India. It does not work the same elsewhere as in US!

  • POSTED BY moonuranus on | October 26, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    @Taz786, debatable that Pakistan vs India will fill the grounds in India, Pakistan ranks way too low in the ranking currently. Anyway, no thanks.

  • POSTED BY Invincibless on | October 26, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    India is hosting Pak in Mar - Apr 12 for 3 Tests and 5 ODIs, will be fun to watch and definetly more crowd will turn up....

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 26, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    @Taz786. NO, Thanks!............

  • POSTED BY Invincibless on | October 26, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Main reason for crowd not turning out is becasue of Diwali and match day was not a weekend... This saturday will be a full house at Eden Garden...

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    I dont understand BCCI's policy. While places like Cuttack, which got an ODI way back in 2009, Guwahati, which got its last ODI a year back, Jamshedpur, which got an ODI way back in 2006 and Gwalior, which got an ODI in 2010, are ignored, they will keep on putting matches in cities where one might even find MSD in a mall watching a movie beside you. And IPL is obviously one big factor.How i wish the BCCI would have tried to popularise domestic tournaments a bit, even 10% of IPL would have done. We never see empty stadiums in England and Australia despite football and rugby respectively overshadowing its popularity in those countries.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Pricing of tickets should be based on demand. When its world cup finals tickets are sky high especially with India around. Do it for non India matches it is bound to be empty stands. Nothing wrong in distributing free tickets to club cricketers for poor crowd expectancy games. Schools at random ( Non just the influential ones) should be given free tickets, transport etc for the matches. Get the stadium full for all matches. Reduce ticket pricing if for unknown factor crowd attraction factor is poor. Needs good marketing. Empty stands will in the long run lead to poor TV viewership, lead to poorer TV ratings, reduced Ad revenue. Finally pain where it hurts most - pockets. I am sure with proper prcing and promotion there will be good crowd everywhere.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Having it free to view on BCCI TV probably didn't help either. ANd in the UK my wife (who knows little of cricket) summed up the feeling of man "India..they're playing India AGAIN! That must be 20 games in a row against the same team, aren't you bored of that?" Ok, it isn't quite 20, but I think by the time the T20 is finished they will have been scheduled toplay each other 16 times in 4 months. I love cricket - but I'm also bored of seeing the same opposition fight it out over and over again. England did the same thing with West Indies in 2008..game after game after game with the same players. Enough already!

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    In Mumbai the cheapest ticket was priced at 1k, the next available denomination available was 3k.The other available tickets were 4k and 5k tickets . Also at the ticket counter, people did not even have the choice of choosing between Level 1,2,3 for North Stand and Sachin Tendulkar Stand. This after people had queued up one night before the tickets went on sale on 20th october. the level 3 north / sachin tendulkar stand which gives best view was not even thrown open for sale :( Such callousness did not go down well with regulars !

    The tickets that came online were 4k, 5k and 20k tickets.Just because ppl payed 10k and 30k for finals doesnt mean ppl will pay it for all matches

    Imagine this turnout at Wankhede,a venue which had the best turnout for a Non-India match in the World cup (NZ- SL) and also for a non-India match featuring Minnows (NZ-Can).It was India's first match at Wankhede after Winning the World Cup at the same venue. What MCA dished out an absolute shocker !Disgraceful

  • POSTED BY MUQ1 on | October 26, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    We can have IND-PK ODI series to fill stands, but what about RSS, Thackery, Shiv Sena and lot? Having no IND-PK match is must for saferty and security of India. So no compromise can be on that issue.

  • POSTED BY cricketpurist on | October 26, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    why host matches in only class 'A' cities, why not imrove the infrastructure in class 'B' Cities and play the games there. there will be more more & more crowds which will come in. Do you know the Finals of Ranji trophy held in Mysore 2 years back was jam packed people were on terrace,trees and everywhere to watch that thriller. No sachin,no veeru & the same old cities u conduct matches westindies tour will be a big dampner.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Doesn't anyoen understand that there was no Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Zaheer or Bhajji! Ofcourse it was going to be half empty!

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Day to day cricket is the only reason of it...indians should invite pakistan for the sake of crikcet....

  • POSTED BY cric_freakNo2 on | October 26, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    how come no one is talking abt the absence of Sachin as a factor ?? isn't he the ultimate crowd puller ???--LOL

  • POSTED BY Taz786 on | October 26, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    I tell you what is missing. They would fill these grounds out if Pakistan had been the opponent. Invite Pakistan for a 3-5 ODI series and watch the crowds roll in.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    All matchses were held in cities that hosted IPL matches just a few months ago. of course the paying public have had an overkill.

  • POSTED BY Aussie_rulez on | October 26, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    DISMANTLE IPL !!! START AN ONLINE REVOLUTION !!! USE THE SOCIAL MEDIA !!! REMEMBER THE ARAB UPRISINGS ?!?

    You will then see the magic....trust me !!!

  • POSTED BY fah010 on | October 26, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    great suggestion! host an Indo Pak series. You will see that the tickets would not only be sold out in advance but they will be BLACKED. Also the TRP will be at their peak.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | October 26, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    I cannot help but wonder how can cricket writers be clueless.When I told my 3-yrold nephew that we will watch the match, the first thing he asked was "Is Sachin playing this game?" That just about sums up the scenario. Considering the fact that some of the biggest stars, who are some crowd pullers are absent, you cannot expect full turnouts. Seriously Sharda I think you should give up cricket writing and try your hand at something else! We are all sick and tired of your pessimism!

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | October 26, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    It is sad to see the great Eden Gardens more then half empty for the ODI involving India. Cricket administrators need to pay serious attention to the real owners of Indian cricket that is the cricket fans. Watching cricket on the ground should be made a pleasurable experience at a reasonable costs. It is ridiculous on Vilasrao's part to say that Mumbai public has the capacity to buy expensive tickets, I hope the empty stands have answered him. There used to be a time when India playing against Zimbabwe used to garner capacity crowds. Cheaper tickets, good ground facilities regarding food and sanitation, good public transport and smart scheduling that includes smaller centers across India to host matches will certainly help in getting the bums on the seats.

  • POSTED BY nickydude on | October 26, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    The very statement by Mr. Pandove:- "Tickets these days are not even 20% of our overall revenue", indicates the BCCI's attitude towards the very people who keep the game alive. For them, money is all which matters.

  • POSTED BY shrikanthk on | October 26, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    The crowds weren't bad. You can't have full houses all the time. Youngsters in urban India have alternative interests these days... Not least of which is the Internet, which also has an impact on TRP ratings (as more and more people follow games on cricinfo in their offices - especially test matches) There's also streaming video to contend with. One can listen to alternative sources of commentary as well. For instance, I used to listen to BBC TMS during the England test series instead of ESPNSTAR.

    Cricket ought to work out a different revenue model instead of being heavily reliant on TRP ratings and ad spot rates.

  • POSTED BY crickarama on | October 26, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    I don't think it is because of too many games. Do what they do in the US for their baseball and football games. Local TV coverage is blacked out unless the stadium is sold out. Even for some of the less popular teams, the team owner or some commercial outfit ends up buying the last 500-1000 seats so that the local black out is lifted.Each baseball team plays 80+ home games and each football team plays 8 or 9 home games. This would guarantee a full house. The TV channels seem to be quite powerful in India and may not want to alienate citizens in big cities. small crowds are big money losers for the teams and businesses that depend on the crowds.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    how come no one is talking abt the absence of Sachin as a factor ?? isn't he the ultimate crowd puller ???

  • POSTED BY poorvi27 on | October 26, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Another way in which IPL will take down existing older cricketing formats. With so much T20 going around and the IPL, that is what everybody will come to watch and the good old test match and 50-50 matches will lose crowds. And this happened at Eden Gardens!

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | October 26, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Greedy BCCI hungry for money, using their players as cash generating robots. This clearly happening because of IPL, CLT20's overdose of cricket and general public and fans are losing interest from the game. In fact Chennai stadium was empty when their CSK were playing in CLt20. That shows how overdose of anything gives your side-effects. We'll wait and see empty stands in the next IPL5. Im sure nobody is interested in that. Please BCCI don't kill cricket just because of money, its a religion in India and it will sad to see people losing interest and cricket will become next "Hockey" in India.

  • POSTED BY Akhilesh_Shenoy on | October 26, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Also i guess 1thing wich has not been highlighted in this article is the lack of context associated with such games....i think the game of cricket has been battered n bruised ovr the years with an excessive supply of meaningless games such as this series...tel me wat wer these 2 teams playing for ??? its difficult to sell such meaningless matches endlessly to d public n also expect them to turn up for these matches ! Its high tym the ICC n the member boards get together n create leagues fr every format n create decent enuf context for each n every game....else cricket will end up dying a slow death !!

  • POSTED BY licec on | October 26, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    @ColdMenace, bang-on buddy

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    in mumbai,its all about hopelessly over priced tickets and decent facilities,but the refreshments are like 3-4 times d cost u would get d same thing out of the stadium

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Overpriced tickets and non-existent amenities, poor service quality and facilities don't make this a fun experience at all. If the main source of revenues is indeed from TV and advertising, why not reduce the ticket prices and provide quality services in the stadium? The hubris of the administrators is there for everyone to see.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | October 26, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Its clear the IPL has turned Indian cricket fans away from ODIs and tests, in fact add SL to that bunch. They no longer care about the longer forms of the game. This also explains why they are so pathetic in tests!

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    people r the real dictators , nothing can influence them.

  • POSTED BY moonuranus on | October 26, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    I am glad to see empty stands and low TRPs for cricket in India. For too long the fans have been taken for granted either in the stands or on TV by ruining the watching experience. Indian fans should not be thought of as monkeys to put on a show for the cricket correspondents looking for an "atmosphere". BCCI should wake up and start respecting the fans. I will be even more happy if crowds for IPL start dwindling too.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Absence of Sachin is major factor. I did not watch any of these matches and just checked scorecard after the match that too next day!!

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | October 26, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    We held the World Cup matches and all the stadiums were jam-packed. How much more money do you expect people to spend on cricket?? Especially if its the same teams over and over again. Unfortunately, I couldn't watch Eng in India tour on TV because we don't have NEO coverage on our network. I'd rather catch it all on tv (even though I know I would've enjoyed this tour by the results). Next, India is to play WI. AGAIN! I wouldn't be surprised if the stadiums are empty then as well. Although, WI will be more competitive and fun series to watch due to their passion of the game, I would rather catch it on TV for free. Too much of something is an overkill - I don't know how our Team India does this day and night but I guess it's their profession, not mine.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | October 26, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    i think BCCI is obsessed in staging contests where both teams wear blue. In 2009-2010 spectators were sickened watching India play SL series after series, now after a full tour of Eng, Ind cricket we have another 5 matches on grounds that has witnessed so much cricket (Wc,IPL,CLT20...) revenge or not people are tired of seeing India play against the same old England and also now the spectators are disapointed with the quality of cricket - what is the point if team A hammers Team B at home, and gets hammered away?

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 26, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    It was Diwali on the field and off the field!!. Happy Diwali to England fans too!

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    So if the IPL isn't killing cricket, what's it doing here? Where's that Gupta.Ankur guy who always has something awesome to say about the IPL in even irrelevant articles???

  • POSTED BY AniruddhaGupta1977 on | October 26, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    Sharda Ma'am, I agree with you... but request you kindly highlight some positives of Indian cricket too in the future. We only get to witness whinging from you.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | October 26, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    Now that the "experts" and the "administrators" have had a chance to voice their theories, let me tell you the real reason I didn't take my two boys - 9 and 11 years old - to Wankhade. Seats are crap. Food is crap. There's no service. The toilets stink. Officials are rude. Cops act tough. Sharda, why don't you talk to the paying public too?

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Great work BCCI. Keep IPL tickets Rs 10 and India's tickets Rs 1 Lakh and say people have capacity to buy.

  • POSTED BY MSU_BULLDOG on | October 26, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    I was very happy with the 5-0 brown wash result. I knew we had the talent to bounce back and the series in England was just a road bump. Having said that - I am also happy to read that, finally,even the Indian fans are tired of cricket and have something better to do than go to the stadium to watch a game. I am a die hard cricket fan but I think there is too much cricket going on - I love Test match cricket and ODIs. 20/20 does not do it for me and I am yet to watch a full 20/20 game!

  • POSTED BY MSU_BULLDOG on | October 26, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    I was very happy with the 5-0 brown wash result. I knew we had the talent to bounce back and the series in England was just a road bump. Having said that - I am also happy to read that, finally,even the Indian fans are tired of cricket and have something better to do than go to the stadium to watch a game. I am a die hard cricket fan but I think there is too much cricket going on - I love Test match cricket and ODIs. 20/20 does not do it for me and I am yet to watch a full 20/20 game!

  • POSTED BY Ajronald on | October 26, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    Why can't BCCI think of other locations like Guwahati, Kanpur, Rajkot etc., were it might not be an overkill

  • POSTED BY jackjackjack on | October 26, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    This was waiting to happen... High ticket prices & low stadium facilities attract zero crowd. BCCI was literally looting all money showcasing innocent cricket fans. Its time they realize someone paying thousands for a ticket would not want to pee in a dump. The quote from PCA secretary and former BCCI treasurer M P Pandove looks funny. Try watching one of those Namibia vs Kenya matches on TV..

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | October 26, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    All BCCI's fault - they should have brought back Ganguly!

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    I agree. The Indians, particularly their captain M.S. Dhoni, need a break. I'm not quite sure how the man does it, game after game. I think his performance in England though was definitely indicative of burn-out. The support of his fans or the familiarity of his home grounds would definitely have been contributing to his indomitability, come this series.

  • POSTED BY NYSIKH on | October 26, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Probably they need cheerleaders in ODI matches to attract public now lol... People are more busy than they use to be... Now they don't have free time to come to stadium unless its some important match. ICC should think about hosting India Pak series in USA or Canada to make good money.

  • POSTED BY Venkat.Chak on | October 26, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    this is bound to happen when BCCI tries to kill the goose laying golden eggs!

  • POSTED BY anuradha_d on | October 26, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    so what is sharda's point ? can't find something negative with team performnce or selections..... so she picks up stadiums instead? so the stadium wasn't full....OK. what percentage of overall revneue comes from gate monies ?....trivial, marginal, negligible.

    but did you notice the TRP ( TV rating points) for the cricket match? did they also drop? everyone that i know off who watches cricket....was watching...and enjoying the hop-skip and dance of english to our spin and an abject 5-0 submission.

    Does Sharda have an opinion on how bad the english team was.....how their selections ( such as Bell) stank? will she ever write about it?

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  • POSTED BY anuradha_d on | October 26, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    so what is sharda's point ? can't find something negative with team performnce or selections..... so she picks up stadiums instead? so the stadium wasn't full....OK. what percentage of overall revneue comes from gate monies ?....trivial, marginal, negligible.

    but did you notice the TRP ( TV rating points) for the cricket match? did they also drop? everyone that i know off who watches cricket....was watching...and enjoying the hop-skip and dance of english to our spin and an abject 5-0 submission.

    Does Sharda have an opinion on how bad the english team was.....how their selections ( such as Bell) stank? will she ever write about it?

  • POSTED BY Venkat.Chak on | October 26, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    this is bound to happen when BCCI tries to kill the goose laying golden eggs!

  • POSTED BY NYSIKH on | October 26, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Probably they need cheerleaders in ODI matches to attract public now lol... People are more busy than they use to be... Now they don't have free time to come to stadium unless its some important match. ICC should think about hosting India Pak series in USA or Canada to make good money.

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    I agree. The Indians, particularly their captain M.S. Dhoni, need a break. I'm not quite sure how the man does it, game after game. I think his performance in England though was definitely indicative of burn-out. The support of his fans or the familiarity of his home grounds would definitely have been contributing to his indomitability, come this series.

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | October 26, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    All BCCI's fault - they should have brought back Ganguly!

  • POSTED BY jackjackjack on | October 26, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    This was waiting to happen... High ticket prices & low stadium facilities attract zero crowd. BCCI was literally looting all money showcasing innocent cricket fans. Its time they realize someone paying thousands for a ticket would not want to pee in a dump. The quote from PCA secretary and former BCCI treasurer M P Pandove looks funny. Try watching one of those Namibia vs Kenya matches on TV..

  • POSTED BY Ajronald on | October 26, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    Why can't BCCI think of other locations like Guwahati, Kanpur, Rajkot etc., were it might not be an overkill

  • POSTED BY MSU_BULLDOG on | October 26, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    I was very happy with the 5-0 brown wash result. I knew we had the talent to bounce back and the series in England was just a road bump. Having said that - I am also happy to read that, finally,even the Indian fans are tired of cricket and have something better to do than go to the stadium to watch a game. I am a die hard cricket fan but I think there is too much cricket going on - I love Test match cricket and ODIs. 20/20 does not do it for me and I am yet to watch a full 20/20 game!

  • POSTED BY MSU_BULLDOG on | October 26, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    I was very happy with the 5-0 brown wash result. I knew we had the talent to bounce back and the series in England was just a road bump. Having said that - I am also happy to read that, finally,even the Indian fans are tired of cricket and have something better to do than go to the stadium to watch a game. I am a die hard cricket fan but I think there is too much cricket going on - I love Test match cricket and ODIs. 20/20 does not do it for me and I am yet to watch a full 20/20 game!

  • POSTED BY on | October 26, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Great work BCCI. Keep IPL tickets Rs 10 and India's tickets Rs 1 Lakh and say people have capacity to buy.