16-03-2011, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by benchmark00
Outstanding post Sanz, you've outdone yourself buddy. Really intellectually constructed.
Your reasoning "until a country of 1 billion people start showing up for neutral games, it really shouldn't have the reputation of cricket obsessed"
isn't intellectually constructed either.
I presented a reasonable account of why fans do not show up and you are having none of it and continue with the "1 Billion Population" crap. Here are some stuff on Internet for you to read :-
Why cricket in India is a true wonder of the world | Andy Bull | Sport | guardian.co.uk
"In the departures lounge at Nagpur airport last Sunday I stumbled into a thick, swirling crowd of men with their mobile phones out, filming and snapping pictures, as well as brandishing pens and pieces of scrap paper. In the middle of this throng, I found once I had fought my way through it, were Simon Doull and Pommie Mbangwa."
Predicament of a cricket fan... - Sport - DNA
"First, and without being vulgar, I’ll use the expression that they use in the gym, your “glutes” ache from sitting on concrete for hours.
Then, you cannot find anything worthwhile to eat or drink. Water bottles are not allowed because the fans like to throw them at fielders who stray along the edges — okay, border, boundary, long on, whatever.
Plus, you have to stand in line three days before to get in and everything you own is a security threat, so all that you have with you can’t go in and we won’t even discuss the state of the toilets.
Much better I would say to watch it on TV, in the comfort of your home, eating and drinking what you like and preferably, lying down.
The other option is to use the quota and VIP system and either get on to the International Cricket Council or become a sponsor and this way you will get a fancy seat with more facilities."
2011 World Cup TV rating continues to soar high - The Times of India
" The first 24 non-India matches delivered an average TVR of 1.8. This is 12 per cent higher than the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbeans.
Pakistan-Sri Lanka encounter on February 26 was the highest rated non-India match with an average rating of 4.6, while Pakistan vs New Zealand tie on March 8 emerged as the second highest non-India match till now with a rating of 3.4.
World Cup Ticketing Crisis a Failure for India, Cricket Fans - WSJ.com