Around 30 per cent tickets, meant for general public, are still available for the Australia-Sri Lanka ODI match at Perth in contrast to the Big Bash final, sold out in a record 16 minutes, but Cricket Australia says it should not be understood as a sign of a dwindling interest in the 50-over format.
About 7,000 of the 11,000 public-seating tickets have been sold and a crowd of about 16,000 is expected. That attendance would be equal to the fans presence at WACA for the Big Bash final but the response to the tickets sale for the Friday's ODI is nowhere near to the T20 contest.
"That was an extraordinary phenomenon; you can't use that as a benchmark. By the normal benchmarks that sane people measure sporting events, Perth is a red-hot event. The BBL was an extraordinary success, but that doesn't reflect badly on 50-over cricket," a CA spokesman said.