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There can be two outcomes of the third Test between India and England, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, when play resumes on Day Five. England, requiring another 210 to win with No. 9 Adil Rashid and No. 11 James Anderson at the crease, are likely to fold sometime soon on the first morning (for all you know, it may last one ball). Alternately, rain may wash out the day to save England. Either way, it is not going to attract an English crowd.

Organisers typically admit spectators for free under such circumstances. Refunds are also a common practice. Not Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, who have stuck to their £10 entry fee (£5 for ‘juniors’).

This did not go down well with many, from former cricketers to media personnel to fans.

 

 

 

Of course, nothing in Nottingham is complete with a reference to their greatest hero.

Nottinghamshire CCC drafted a quick response:

 

There was advice from some quarters…

… but generally there was heavy outrage.

Last heard, they aren’t going to do anything about this.

They could, of course, have cited the example of Eden Gardens, where, in 1976-77, a full house showed up with India requiring 21 to save the Test with three wickets in hand. But those were different times…