Do you think the bias of crowds is an example of cricket proving itself as a professional sport, or is it just a lack of class?
I often find the numbers of "handcuffed" spectators, particularly when home sides are in the field, to be frankly embarrassing. If I'm at the ground I feel like heading home to enjoy the better view on TV, the atmosphere can feel so gormless.
Luckily my home ground for tests is the Basin which is pretty good by modern standards, but still lags behind English crowds, who seem to lead the world. I'm mostly basing this on TV coverage of internationals and trying to disregard ex-pats, so feel free to challenge that if you like.
England can probably claim to be the world's #1 cricket-loving nation if it's true, seeing they make a point of celebrating the actual skills of the game as well as a patriotic favouritism. Others would argue England should've started being unappreciative of foreigners' cricket a long time ago, and a welcoming environment to tour does their national side no favours.
I doubt this will be a flammable topic, but I'd be interested to know what other fans think. Are there certain teams or players that make you put on handcuffs, or is it all opposition for you?