Indian call takes toll on crowd
India’s refusal to play a day-night Test in Adelaide has reduced crowd numbers by about 15,000, Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts says.
“We think we would have had 15,000 or so interstate visitors if it was a day-night Test, so there’s no doubting we have lost that group of fans,” Roberts said yesterday.
Adelaide has hosted daynight Tests since 2015 but India refused a CA offer to continue that trend in the series opener.
Thursday’s crowd was the lowest turnout for day one of a Test since Adelaide Oval was redeveloped in 2013.
In day-night Tests in the past three years, Adelaide’s opening-day crowds numbered about 47,000, 32,000 and 55,000.
Asked if those numbers crystallised the desire for the Adelaide Test to be day-night, Roberts replied: “Absolutely.”
“You look at the way fans have embraced it,” he said.
“It matters what the fans think and they have voted with their feet.
“Those numbers are incredible so we’re really excited about getting back to that in the future.”
Roberts hoped to convince India of the merits of a daynight Adelaide Test on their next tour of Australia in 2020/ 21.
“Let’s hope so,” he said. “Part of that fabric of cricket both nationally and internationally is so rich so we embrace the fact that they have had a different view about this Test match.”