Rahul M wrote:there are 3-4 grounds that get decent test match crowd -- mumbai, b'luru, chennai & kolkata. but bcci in its wisdom allots tests to all grounds which get crowd in the 100's. it's terrible for cricket.
Rahul M wrote:they should allot ODI's & T20's to the secondary stadiums, which they do anyway. either put test matches in grounds which fill up or get the local association to reduce entry fee so that at least a minimum % of ground is filled up over 5 days. else the ground will not be considered for the next round of match allocations.
empty grounds take down TV revenue too, most fans dont watch it on TV either because there's no environment at the stadium. in the long run this will kill tests.
Looks like Indian cricket team's captain agrees with me. https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/1 ... -max-kohli
We should have five strong Test centres in India: Kohli
"Look, you want to keep Test cricket alive and exciting, I totally agree with the fact that we should have five Test centres at max. It can't be sporadic and spread over so many places where people turn up or they don't," Kohli said on Tuesday (October 22) in Ranchi. "We have been discussing this for a long time now, and in my opinion we should have five Test centres. Period."
India play at well-established venues whenever they travel overseas to destinations like England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand or even Sri Lanka. Kohli said that knowing the venues and the kind of challenges that come bundled with it, becomes a challenge it itself.
"Teams coming to India should know that we are going to play at these five centers, these are the pitches we should expect, these are the kind of people who will come to watch... crowds. That becomes a challenge already when you're leaving the shores. Because we go to any place, we know we have four Test matches at these venues, this is what the pitches are going to do, it is going to be full stadium, the crowd behind the team," Kohli said.