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For one day, cricket rules in football-crazy Goa

india Updated: Apr 02, 2011 21:10 IST

Life has come to standstill in the football-crazy Goa as Indian Cricket team is playing the World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

On the lazy Saturday evening, the streets of Panaji wore a deserted look, with most shops keepers pulling down the shutters by noon.

"There will be no business today. Who will come to market for shopping?" said Azhar Hussain, a cloth shop owner.

On Wednesday too, similar scene was seen, when India played Pakistan in the semi final.

Amod Gaonkar, who works at a bakery in the market, said that Saturday evenings is normally a rush time for the shopkeepers. "Before going to the mass or after the mass, people drop in for marketing," he said.

But on Saturday is different. Even the routine weekend visit to the beaches by locals did not happen today. Miramar beach here wore a deserted look.

On Saturdays, the beach is full of people, with a food-street bustling with carts.

While many preferred to watch the match at home, giant screens were installed at several places for the public.

At International Centre Goa (ICG), where the management has put up a giant screen, it was a full house.