Originally Posted by TNT
If you wanted to increase the amount of people going to sheild matches then the obvious changes would be to reduce the match to 20 overs per team with single innings, limit bowlers to 4 overs each, quicken up the match to 15 overs per hour, play lots of loud music, have lots of crown interacting gimmicks, start the match in the early afternoon.
Other than that I dont see how you can expect spectators to watch a 20/20 match and then think it would be fun to go and watch a whole day of cricket and only see half of one innings. Its not so much that 20/20 is so popular its just that four day games are not very interesting and spectators dont want to watch them no matter how much you tell the spectators that its the purest form of cricket.
So just give up on it then? You don't need a crowd the size of those at the BBL to make the Shield a success. The issue isn't just the Shield either. Junior cricket numbers are down, there are less people playing it. You have a new format of the game which has been a success. The issue is whether it's possible to turn that support into greater interest in playing the game and supporting it in general.
Or whether you just give up.