Don`t judge 50-over format on ticket sales: CA

Melbourne: Around 30 percent tickets, meant for general public, are still available for the Australia-Sri Lanka ODI Match at Perth in contrast to the Big Bash final, sold out in a record 16 minutes, but Cricket Australia says it should not be understood as a sign of a dwindling interest in the 50-over format.

About 7,000 of the 10,000 to 11,000 public-seating tickets have been sold and a crowd of about 15,000 to 16,000 is expected.

That attendance would be equal to the fans presence at WACA for the Big Bash final but the response to the tickets sale for the Friday`s ODI is nowhere near to the T20 contest. Cricket Australia however said it would be unfair to judge the pulse of 50-over cricket against ticket sales for last month`s BBL final.

"That was an extraordinary phenomenon. It just doesn`t happen; you can`t use that as a benchmark. By the normal benchmarks that sane people measure sporting events, Perth is a red-hot event. The BBL was an extraordinary success and we`re very pleased with that, but that doesn`t reflect badly on 50-over cricket," a CA spokesman said.

CA was pleased with the 29,000-strong crowd at Sunday`s ODI clash between India and Australia at the MCG, just two days after 62,275 turned out for the Twenty20 international featuring the same teams."It was an extraordinary crowd last night when you consider trees were blowing over early in the day and there was inevitable storm activity," the spokesman was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

"The weather was ghastly. We had three hours of torrential rain preceded by gail-force winds that were blowing trees over."