Final India-England ODI faces low ticket sales
Kolkata: Blame it on the overkill of cricket or lack of crowdpullers in the Indian dressing room, ticket sales have been poor so far for the fifth and final ODI against England.
The fact that Indians are in with a chance of wrapping up the series 5-0 has failed to pull spectators to the Eden gardens as there has been no rush at all at the counters, while the figures provided by the hosts Cricket Association of Bengal have been very impressive.
Till yesterday`s count only 5,000-odd tickets were sold for the last dead rubber of the series and the state association estimates a crowd of about 40,000 maximum for the 64,000 capacity stadium.
Ranji winning Bengal captain Sambaran Banerjee blamed it on the overkill of cricket.
Indirectly blaming the Board for the poor planning of the series, Banerjee told PTI: "There was no need of this series."
With India and England playing each other since July -- from the first Test in Lord`s -- Banerjee said it`s been too much of cricket.
"There is no excitement left in the India and England series. Both the countries are playing non stop cricket for four months. Only a month back there was a one-day series against the same team. How much crowd do you expect?" he asked.