Lack of crowd in PCA stadium in Mohali is a major worry for the organisers © Getty Images
Lack of crowd in PCA stadium in Mohali is a major worry for the organisers © Getty Images

 

Mohali: Sep 19, 2014

Despite home team featuring in the opening tie, crowds at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium were sparse in the Champion’s League T20 (CLT20) match played between Kings XI Punjab and Hobart Hurricanes here on Thursday. As the game began in the evening, crowds at the 28,000 capacity stadium were thin and even towards the end the attendance was not close to half the mark. Several rows of seats in many stands were empty.

Ankush, a school-going fan, who had come to watch the game, said he was a big fan of Kings XI and wanted to cheer for them. “May be the event is not hyped as much as the Indian Premier League [IPL], which may be the reason for poor turnout,” he said when asked why the fans had not turned out in huge numbers as witnessed during IPL matches played here.

Harmeet Singh, a cricket fan, said that he wanted to see a big innings from KXIP opener Virender Sehwag today, but the dashing batsman disappointed. “I was hoping to see a big knock from him, but he got out without scoring,” he said. Another bunch of youngsters who had come to watch the tie said they were excited to watch a new team, Hurricanes in action here for the first time.

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