Rahul Dravid Points Out Some Crucial Sides Which Can Bring More Crowd In Stadiums During The Test Cricket In India
One of the greatest Indian batsmen, former Indian captain and present head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Rahul Dravid feels that the pink ball Test cricket can attract the people to present at the stadium. He has mentioned some crucial points which need to develop to get a better result in Test cricket.
In the era of the shortest formats, Test cricket is getting low limelight. Nowadays, the fans make very lower appearances in the stadiums during the Test cricket in India.
Observing this serious issue in Test cricket in India, the new BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has quickly set up the first day/night pink-ball Test match in India. From this Friday (22nd November), India and Bangladesh will play the day-night pink-ball Test match at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). It will be also the first day-night pink-ball Test match for both these teams.
Rahul Dravid feels that the day-night Test can become an annual affair in India if they can able to control the dew issue.
Dravid told the Economic Times, “It is not the only solution to rejuvenate Test cricket, but it is one of the things we need to do. If only we are able to control dew, the pink ball Test can become an annual feature in India. You make it tough for the bowlers when the ball gets wet and takes the swing-away… it (pink ball) is a novelty that will attract people to the stadium and must be tried.”
Basic things are very important to bring more crowd into the stadiums
Talking about bringing more people inside the stadium during Test cricket in India, Rahul Dravid has also enlightened that the basic things need to be looked properly. During the last Pune Test between India and South Africa last October, many people complained about the poor arrangement of basic facilities.
He added, “Basic things like toilets, seating, car parking need to be looked into, these are things that will draw.”
We are missing 1,00,000 people at the Eden Gardens like 2001 Test – Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid has also pointed out that better broadcasting services are also a major reason why many people don’t want to come into the stadium.
Dravid claimed, “When we say there were 1,00,000 people at the Eden Gardens in 2001, we are missing the point. At that time, there was no HD television that could guarantee you a better experience at home, there was no cricket on mobile, and if you wanted to catch the action, you had to make it to the ground.”
Rahul Dravid has also pointed out that England and Australia still attract a lot of people to the ground due to their proper Test calendar year. He believes that if India can follow this path, then they can also achieve similar success in Test cricket.
Dravid said, “Things are different now and it is important we accept the ground reality. Yes, you can argue that the Ashes are always full and that Test cricket is in good health in England and Australia, but that’s because they have a Test cricket calendar and we don’t.
“People can plan for a Boxing Day Test in December and a Lord’s Test in July a year ahead. We need this to happen in Indian cricket. Also, we need better facilities at stadiums, for fan engagement is extremely necessary to bring crowds back to the game.”
However, the present good news is that the Indian fans have responded very well for the first day/night pink-ball Test match which will begin on this Friday. On Tuesday (19th November), the BCCI President has claimed that the tickets of the first four days of this upcoming historic Test have been sold out.
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