Decent turn-out for Australia-Zimbabwe game

Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 12:56 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Despite being a first working day of the week today and also school and college examinations approaching, there was a decent turn-out for a non-India World Cup match here at Motera`s Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium.

The Group A clash between defending champions Australia and Zimbabwe attracted 10,000 spectators at this venue which has, in the recent past, seen very poor crowd turn-out for even a Test match featuring India.

"We have kept the ticket prices around Rs 100 and 150 at the lower end and around Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,000 at the higher end (main pavilion)," said a representative of hosting association -- Gujarat Cricket Association.

The entire proceeds from ticket sales go into the coffers of the hosting centre in the tournament, which is the property of the International Cricket Council.

The day-night match commenced in front of a sparse gathering before people started to fill the ground towards the later part of the Australian innings.

For a match not featuring home team India, the number of spectators watching the match came as a surprise, especially at a venue, which attracted less than 5000 people daily when India played a Test match against South Africa a couple of years back.