Sachin Tendulkar

Despite all the excitement surrounding Sachin Tendulkar’s second last Test match of his glorious career, the iconic Eden Gardens witnessed a turnout of only 33,000 on the first day © IANS

Nov 6, 2013

Despite all the excitement surrounding Sachin Tendulkar‘s second last Test match of his glorious career, the iconic Eden Gardens witnessed a turnout of only 33,000 on the first day of the opening Test between India and West Indies. Among the reasons of the poor crowd turnout could also be due to fewer tickets available for the general public to purchase.

There was unprecedented hype and frenzy surrounding Tendulkar’s final appearance at Eden Gardens, but disappointingly half empty stands greeted the Little Master on Wednesday.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) had even claimed that it would be a sell-out.  As per official estimates though, the 65,000-capacity stadium witnessed an attendance of only 33,000.

One of the reasons for the ticket fiasco is reportedly being only a few tickets been shared to general public, and those being sold online. Rest of it would have likely gone to club houses.

Curiously, people were said to be selling tickets in black yesterday, before the Test match.

Even during the ICC 2011 World Cup, CAB mismanaged while handing out tickets and they were heavily criticised for it.

There is still a good chance that when Sachin Tendulkar comes out to bat, the crowds will swell.

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