IND vs SL: Why is Yuvraj Singh worried about ODI cricket? Spill pain between India-Sri Lanka ODI

Thiruvananthapuram: The low attendance in the third and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka has raised serious questions about the relevance of the 50-over format. Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has also expressed concern over this. However, as India have already taken an unbeaten 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, the outcome of the third ODI will not affect the outcome of the series. But with India set to host the ODI World Cup later this year, it is not good to see such a lack of crowd at the Greenfield International Stadium.

Yuvraj, the hero of India’s 2011 World Cup winning team, asked on Twitter when Shubman Gill scored a century with Virat Kohli (166 not out). He said, ‘But what worries me is that the stadium is half empty? Is ODI cricket coming to an end?

The only ODI before the rain-affected match between India and West Indies in 2018, the stadium was packed with spectators, but it looked empty on Sunday due to the low number of local fans. Only 20,000 spectators turned up to watch the match on Sunday against a capacity of 38,000. Kerala Cricket Association’s media manager Krishna Prasad attributes this to a number of reasons, including public lack of interest in ODIs.

Prasad said, ‘We have never seen a half-empty stadium. There are many reasons for this. There is not much interest in ODIs now. He said the result of the series was also out in Kolkata, which is why India took an unbeaten 2-0 lead. And since the opposing team was also Sri Lanka, not many people came to the stadium.

The ticket price for the match was Rs.1000 and Rs.2000. Prasad said that there is not a single ticket left for the match against West Indies. It was a rain affected match and the entire 50 overs of the match could not even be seen, yet the stadium was full of people. Apart from the Eden Gardens, very few spectators turned up to watch the matches in this entire series. 55,000 people watched the match in Kolkata. A lot of people come to Guwahati to watch the match, but even there the stadium is not full.

Barsapara Stadium can accommodate 38,000 spectators, of which 25,000 were present. The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) attributed this to high ticket prices, given that the match was held in the middle of the week. The ticket price was from 1500 to 5000 rupees.

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