There is no denying to the fact that the longer version of the game draws fewer fans to the stadiums when compared to the shorter formats of the game. We already witnessed low attendance for Visakhapatnam and Pune Test. Now, Ranchi’s JSCA also faced a similar issue with only 1500 tickets being sold out so far.
After selling just 1500 tickets for the third India-South Africa Test match to be played at Ranchi’s 39000-capacity stadium, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) said it will have to “think twice before hosting a Test match” the next time.
The state association has distributed 5000 tickets among para-military forces, the army, local police and National Cadet Corps, said Sahay. It would have been a different scenario if Mahendra Singh Dhoni is named in the playing XI for India.
The Indian Express quoted Nafis Khan, the new JSCA president as saying: “Next time, maybe we have to think twice before hosting a Test match. At the same time, we can’t say no also. If the state associations start rejecting Test cricket, the purest form of the game would die. It’s very sad to see empty stands. We have to make certain changes to the Test format.”
Despite India doing well in the Test cricket and being ranked the number one side in the format, the longer format of the game isn’t garnering much attention. The officials of JSCA believes that they should bring something new to the format in order to pull the crowd to the stadiums.
Low maintenance in Hotels – Dean Elgar
Meanwhile, Dean Elgar reveals that he isn’t impressed with the hotels arranged to them. However, he accepts that those are the challenges to face when they tour away from the country. Further, Dean Elgar quoted that it was a tough tour so far for him and the country.
“It’s a challenging tour. You get stretched as a person, you get stretched as a cricketer, I think you get to know yourself quite a lot as a person when you come to the smaller places where the hotels are maybe not as good, and you get challenged on the field,” Dean Elgar said.
Perhaps, the Day-Night matches are going to take over the regular Test cricket. With Sourav Ganguly being the new BCCI president, it might come into the frame.