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World Cup attendance soars past 400,000

Lara sure has many fans, as about 22,452 came to see him play his last ODI of his 17-year career.

cricket Updated: Apr 24, 2007 15:53 IST

World Cup organisers have revealed that attendance at matches has broken the 400,000 mark.

Figures following the conclusion of the Super Eights phase of the competition on Saturday including10, 300 persons at the opening ceremony - indicated that over 403,000 fans have taken in the sporting spectacle thus far, with an average 8,500 supporters per match.

The highest match attendance was a massive 22,452 at the Kensington Oval in Barbados for the England-West Indies clash in which Windies captain Brian Lara played his last international of a 17-year career.

England's decisive Super Eight match against South Africa - also at Kensington - drew the second-highest attendance with 17,013 supporters.

The West Indies versus Pakistan match had the third-highest attendance of 16,574, said an International Cricket Council (ICC) press release.

Meanwhile, corrected statistics show that the India-Sri Lanka Group Stage game - initially reported to have been watched by more than 16,000 spectators - in fact had only 10,660 fans in attendance.

More than 570,000 tickets have so far been sold and distributed for the event that began on March 13 and ends on April 28.

First Published: Apr 24, 2007 15:26 IST