Any sport lacks the flavor without the support of a crowd. In fact, it is well known that performers of any field like to showcase their skills in front of a good strength of audience. However, a mundane crowd is expected for the Test series between England vs India 2018.
There will be more than 10,000 vacant seats at Edgbaston, Birmingham when England and India will lock horns as reported by ESPN Cricinfo. Therefore, the ticket sales at the venue is ordinary which once again bells the alarming sign for the red ball version.
Once again, Alarming signs for the red ball version.
Meanwhile, it is going to be a historic match as the hosts England will turn out for their 1000th Test. Moreover, this is the most anticipated Test series of the year. However, a crowd of 15,000 people will greet both the teams on Day 1 for the Test series. Interestingly, a 1000 tickets have been complimentary in this figure.
Furthermore, 13000 fans will make their presence for the second day. However, the total capacity of the stadium is around 25,000. On the other hand, sales for Friday is far better, as the day is almost a sell-out.
In fact, it is not only Birmingham that is struggling to attract the crowd but also the other venues of the series. Sales at Ageas Bowl, Southampton is ordinary, with the first day of the fourth Test will witness around 8000 fans and fourth day to be 5000.
Furthermore, the venues which generally get more crowd have also found it difficult to sell out tickets. Trent Bridge has sold 13,000 tickets for the third day of the third Test match. The Oval has sold 7,000 tickets for the final day of the series.
Meanwhile, the popularity of the shortest version has remained strong in England. The Vitality T20 blast has crowd support of 80,000 which goes to show the difference between the two versions.