Is the World Cup a Flop show in Hyderabad? This question has sparked a heated debate among cricket fans. The City of Nawabs, Hyderabad is traditionally regarded as a significant hub for cricket. However, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium witnessed sparse attendance during the three World Cup matches held there in the past five days.
From October 6 to October 10, Pakistan competed in two matches against the Netherlands and Sri Lanka at the Hyderabad ground, while the third match featured the Netherlands and New Zealand. In all three matches, the stadium was marked by numerous vacant seats. In all three matches, the empty seats in the stadium told the story of a lack of interest among the public in the World Cup’s popularity and success.
The opening match of the 2023 World Cup played in Ahmedabad between defending champions England and New Zealand, and Narendra Modi Stadium earned the distinction of being the world’s largest ground. However, the low turnout in the first match disappointed cricket enthusiasts, who were hoping for a change in the upcoming matches. Unfortunately, in all three matches in Hyderabad, the lack of interest among the crowds has raised questions about the World Cup’s popularity and success.
During the third match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Hyderabad, discussions on social media began about empty seats in the stadium and the process of obtaining tickets. Cricket die-hard fan Mohammad Ismail Farhan shared pictures from the ground while raising questions about ticket sales and empty stands. Additionally, Mohammad Aksam (Aamir) from Rasoolpur shared images of the empty seats at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on social media, once again highlighting the lack of interest among the Hyderabadi public.
Osman Sharif (Aqeel) from Bora Banda also expressed his disappointment with the World Cup matches in Hyderabad, as despite the low turnout in the initial two matches; online tickets were being reported as sold out. During today’s match in Hyderabad, most of the crowd could be seen on seats priced at only a thousand rupees, raising the question of whether the ticket prices have also deterred the public.
The sole reason for the empty seats in World Cup matches in Hyderabad is not just the lack of interest among the public. HCA (Hyderabad Cricket Association) records and the hosting style of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) are also significant factors. The World Cup schedule was not announced until the last moment, and when it was finally released, there were multiple changes.
In a country where the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the most successful tournament, with packed stadiums for every match, the World Cup, featuring the top 10 teams in the world, is struggling to bring people to the grounds, so is World Cup 2023 flop show?
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