Dravid reveals how Test cricket can attract more crowd
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been trying its best to attract more crowds during the Test match as the fans nowadays feel less interested to witness the five cricket from the gallery. The highest authority of cricket has taken various initiatives to bring back fans into the stadiums to watch Test cricket. Day-night Test cricket was introduced to attract fans and increase the number of crowds in the stadium.
However, former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid thinks there are still many things that are needed to be done to truly rejuvenate stadium attendance and the day-night Test is only one of those things.
“It is not the only solution to rejuvenate Test cricket, but it is one of the things we need to do. If only we are able to control dew, the pink ball Test can become an annual feature in India,” Dravid was quoted as saying by the Economic Times. “You make it tough for the bowlers when the ball gets wet and takes the swing-away… it (pink ball) is a novelty that will attract people to the stadium and must be tried.”
According to Dravid who is currently working as the chief of National Cricket Academy, there are some other factors that need to be looked into while trying to realize why Test cricket fails to attract spectators, including facilities available for supporters inside the stadium. “Basic things like toilets, seating, car parking need to be looked into, these are things that will draw,” said Dravid.
He added, “People can plan for a Boxing Day Test in December and a Lord’s Test in July a year ahead. We need this to happen in Indian cricket. Also, we need better facilities at stadiums, for fan engagement is extremely necessary to bring crowds back to the game.”