India vs England: Empty stands likely to greet Virat Kohli & Co at Edgbaston - Know why
The first Test between India and England may see 10,000 empty seats in the first two days at Edgbaston, according to the early trends.Updated: Aug 01, 2018 09:21 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Virat Kohli (R) and Umesh Yadav practice ahead of India’s first Test against England. (BCCI)
England are gearing up for their 1000th Test match when they take on India at Edgbaston on Wednesday but the hosts may not be happy with the amount of people who will be turning up for the historic occasion. (LIVE STREAMING)
According to early trends, it seems that there could be up to 10,000 tickets unsold on both days one and two of the encounter with Edgbaston reporting low ticket sales and according to reports in The Guardian and The Telegraph, the ground will not likely be filled up until Friday and Saturday.
Day three is already sold out and Saturday is selling better then a fourth day usually does because it is Edgbaston’s designated party day when fans are encouraged to wear fancy dress.
According to The Telegraph, County chief executives are blaming the cramped schedule for the dip in ticket sales. The first match starts on a Wednesday while the third at Trent Bridge begins on a Saturday and the fifth at the Oval on a Friday.
That is not something that the Counties like as they prefer the regular Thursday start which gives a neat balance between corporate sales and general public. However, the series will have to be over in six weeks in order to give India some rest ahead of Asia Cup in September.
“We have been impacted by the Wednesday start and this series will throw up the whole debate about regularity of scheduling,” said Neil Snowball, the chief executive of Edgbaston. “Overall we will do around 70,000 tickets altogether. It is just days one and two that sales are not what we would normally expect.”
First Published: Jul 31, 2018 12:39 IST