Anil Kumble calls for ‘better facilities for spectators’ to keep Test cricket alive in India

first_imgFormer India captain and head coach Anil Kumble reiterated Virat Kohli’s idea of having limited venues for Test matches in the country and also urged authorities to “create better facilities for spectators”.India captain Virat Kohli recently suggested the idea of having five-Test centers at maximum for any series in home conditions. The Freedom Series between India and South Africa earlier this month was played in Vizag, Pune and Ranchi in front of empty stands on majority of the days.Kohli’s point after the series made a lot of sense as India hosts Tests at multiple venues but not all the stadiums are packed to capacity.Infact, a day before the start of the 3rd Test between India and South Africa in Ranchi, the lack of interest of the general public was evident as only 3000 tickets had been sold till the eve of the game.Kumble weighed in on the debate of having limited centres for Test cricket and agreed with Kohli’s point.”I think that has certainly been one of the ways of promoting Test cricket. It is also important to choose the time of the Test match. We all remember that during the festival of Pongal, a Test match used to happen in Chennai. And the start of the season used to be in Delhi. Bangalore would have a Test match, Mumbai would have a Test match, Kolkata of course.”I think it is important for Test cricket to promote these centres where people would know that these are the centres where you are going to play Test match cricket prior to the start of the season, so that you can market Test cricket and you can make sure that the crowds come in. When I was the coach, I think we played in six different centres. They were all new centres and the one centre it was packed was Indore. The atmosphere was brilliant. It [the stadium in Indore] is in the heart of the city. That was one of the reasons that the crowd could come in irrespective of the time of the day,” Kumble told CricketNext.advertisementThe legendary leg-spinner also pointed out access to stadiums need to improve especially in cities where the grounds are far away from the centre.”What we need to also do is to create better facilities for the spectators to come and view the game. You know, they need to have comfortable seats, the access to the stadium, ticketing I think use of technology is something that we need to look at when it comes to issuing tickets and then of course the basic comfort like food and water and toilet facilities.”If we can provide all of that, make the spectator really comfortable, then I think you will see a lot of people coming in to watch Test match cricket,” Kumble said.Kumble also agreed with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s view point that day-night Tests will bring in more spectators to the stadiums.”I think day-night Test cricket will certainly bring in the crowds towards the latter half of that game. You also need to choose the right time of the year because we’ve seen in day-night ODIs, the ball gets really wet because of dew,” Kumble said.Also Read | Virat Kohli not in favour of rotation policy for allocation of Test venueslast_img

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