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Why have the crowds been low in Sri Lanka for the 2023 Asia Cup?

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Cricket News: Why have the crowds been low in Sri Lanka for the 2023 Asia Cup? | Reasons why crowds have been low in the Asia Cup

You would think the Super Four stage of an Asia Cup would see the kind of buzz and attendances worthy of the four cricket-crazy nations involved. However, it hasn’t been the case, with empty stands throughout Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium for both the Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh and India vs. Pakistan matches over the weekend.

Why and how can this be the case? Unfortunately, there are a number of factors. These are driven mainly by the organisers, who have overseen a terribly organised tournament that has made a mockery of not only a proud tournament, but international cricket as a whole.

Asia Cup 2023: Why the low crowds?

High ticket prices

Cost of living is a big issue around the globe. That is especially the case for Sri Lankans, with the country still in the midst of an economic crisis.

Fan Induneshan Sachu posted screenshots of the ticket prices for the India-Pakistan clash. Fans would have had to fork out 24,000 Sri Lankan rupees (approx. US$75) or 48,000 Sri Lankan rupees (approx. US$149) for a single ticket in Block A’s upper or lower level respectively.

The figures are quite damning. It shows a lack of awareness from the administrators. In an attempt to bring more fans back, ticket prices have been reduced for the C and D stands at the R Premadasa Stadium. But, is it too late?

Scheduling mishaps

The 2023 Asia Cup has left a lot to be desired when it comes to planning. There had been great uncertainty about the venues, with speculation the Super Four stage and Final would be moved due to Colombo’s inclement weather. However, just days before the main stage, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) confirmed that Colombo will remain host.

It has been a similar farce in the 2023 ODI World Cup. The final schedule was only confirmed in August, which doesn’t give many fans the opportunity to organise travel, accommodation and tickets to see their favourite teams and players in action.

Inclement weather

Shifting venues is a difficult task logistically. However, it’s not impossible. The decision to keep the Super Four matches and Final in Colombo was staggering.

The city has copped significant rainfall in recent times, and more of the same is expected in the coming week. Understandably, fans have stayed away with the weather likely to impact every remaining game, including both days of the India-Pakistan Super Four match.

ODI cricket on the wane?

It’s no secret that ODI cricket is under threat. Some fans believe the format’s reduced relevance has contributed to lower crowds. However, it must be noted that crowds have been healthy for the South Africa-Australia and England-New Zealand matches, with a World Cup just around the corner.

Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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