School kids fill in the stands
May 21, 2007 - 12:43:17 PM
That there are few takers here for the five-day cricket Test match is obvious. While the stadium was packed for the third One-day International, which was eventually washed out May 15, half the stands are empty at any stage of this rain-marred match.
On the fourth and penultimate day Monday, hundreds of school kids were given free entry into the Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium in an apparent attempt to fill the galleries.
Rain, of course, has had a big say in this series, comprising three ODIs and two Tests. But the choice of the public is quite clear as to which form of the game they prefer. And this phenomenon is not just confined to Chittagong or Bangladesh, but throughout the cricket world.
It is feared that the fast-growing Twenty20, the latest version of the game in which an innings comprises just 20 overs, will further take fans away from the traditional Test matches.
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