Is there any place to get the actual attendance for these games rather than judging by looking at the amount of people in the stands? And tbh why would people turn up for games like Aus v Zimb or Nz v Kenya? On a weekday that too.
I do, however, always get the feeling that in an India v. contest, Indian crowds come solely to support their team and not enjoy the quality of the opposition. Just a general feeling though so I might be off.
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While I don't think the issue is of particular concern, My explanation would be:-
Basically the average Indian makes about $68(PCI) a month which is many many times lower than most cricket countries, hence the masses cannot afford tickets during the WC, nor can the students. Most of the office-going Internet surfing junta would prefer to watch a torrent/tv at work and get paid whilst still watching/cbf going to the stadium after coming home late from work.
Still I think stadiums will be start getting filled soon.
What match would you have gone to?
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some 10k people came to SA - Windies and yesterday's match also had quite a few supporters. I don't think I will call that disappointing. Obviously 25k people aren't going to come on a working day to watch other nations battle it out.
Im just little worried about lack of support from overseas fans in the audience.
I can definitely understand the issues (terror attacks, foul crowds and to lesser extent comfort of living). I probably wouldn't want myself or my loved ones visiting a country when such an event can become prime target for terrorists.
I hope it improves but I don't think it will.
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There's not going to be any foul crowds at a neutral game in India
Seriously, I can't even believe this is being made an issue. It's wrong on so many counts.
In fact, I've been quite happy with the crowds in this tournament so far, especially considering we've only had two non-minnow matches so far. And why doesn't the blame fall on fans from other nations who haven't bothered to make it out to see their country play? Atleast when India plays, Indian fans flock to any corner of the world to ensure they're right behind their team.
Tbh, the way stadiums get packed in the sub-continent for ODI matches, I have yet to see the same in any other part of the world. And as the proper matches roll around, we'll start seeing far better crowds come in. Just observe the teams that have been playing so far, it's ridiculous to expect packed stadiums. And it's even more ridiculous to suggest that the atmosphere would be better for a neutral game (apart from when India is playing for reasons mentioned above) in many other parts of the world than it was yesterday for Aus vs NZL. Not to mention these are large 50 000 capacity stadiums, not the 10 000 - 20 000 capacity stadiums you find in some other parts of the world.
Heck, India is one of the top tourist destinations in the world for a reason. And anyone who feels unsafe travelling there just needs to toughen up, seriously. It's not Afghanistan, or Somalia (with all due respect to those countries) where the country is at war. I've interacted with many many Canadians who've planned trips to India, travelled the country more than even I have, and have enjoyed every bit of it. I've never come across a single complain surrounding safety concerns. In fact, a few buddies and I will be doing an All India tour upon graduation. Not a single safety concern on their or their family's behalf.
This whole third-world, terrorist haven image of India that I've seen portrayed by Australia and British media is blown way out of proportion and getting quite tiresome. Living where I do, I have never come across such concerns or sentiments.
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I wonder people here just try to stir controversy w/o even trying to make an honest observation
Talk about the shocker that people dont show up to watch games with the exception of games featuring their home teams. Really? If I had to choose between spending 8 hours in the sweltering heat watching South Africa vs West Indies with no real affiliation to either team, and watching the same game on HDTV with multiple replays and commentary, I think I'd pick the latter. Not to mention that most people have something known as day jobs and are hardly willing to sacrifice their vacation time by watching Kenya vs Pakistan.
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TEC spot on.
Plus, India has less ex-pats and immigrants from other nations than England and Australia. So a India vs. Sri Lanka game in Australia will have more people associated with the team than a South Africa vs. West Indies game in India.
Added to that, there's been one non-associate match so far. I know I wouldn't be ****ing going to Netherlands vs. England.
And in any case, I don't remember tri-series matches not involving home countries having good turn-outs other than perhaps India vs. Pakistan or India vs. England in England, where there are plenty of people with such background.
Yeah, Aussies who say that only Indians don't turn up to see neutral matches/mismatches is going to be eating humble pie in four years time after last year's efforts.
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There is a reason why the Aussie tri series was cancelled, and that was the fact that they were not getting crowds, so it is not something that is endemic to India imho. The fact is Indian stadiums are still not very spectator friendly, but more than that, the average joe will surely hesitate to spend 60 dollars a day (big amount in India) to watch a NZ vs Canada game, bunking his work, unless he has a real crush on that NX trainer.
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