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July 27, 2009
Grenada's cricket chief, Cecil Greenidge, has called the low turnout for the second Test between West Indies and Bangladesh at the National Cricket Stadium a "great disappointment" and a "disaster".
Greenidge said the organisers had tried their best to attract crowds for the match, which was only the second Test to be held at the ground, including low-priced tickets and getting local musicians to perform during lunch.
"It was a great disappointment. In fact it was a disaster," Greenidge told CMC Sport. "The GCA and the organising committee deeply regret the lack of support by the local sporting public.
"I don't know what the issues were, whether it was carnival, whether it was Bangladesh, whether it was the fact that the so call big players on the West Indies team did not make themselves available or perhaps a combination of those things," he said.
West Indies were forced to field a weakened side in the game because many of their leading players boycotted the Test series. The inexperienced side went down by four wickets to Bangladesh, handing the visitors their first overseas Test series victory.
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Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Dharamsala