2015 World Cup is the most followed and best-attended event ever: ICC

Dubai: Overwhelmed by the ongoing World Cup’s success, ICC CEO David Richardson on Saturday said it has been the most followed cricket event in the history of the game with the India-Australia semifinal drawing the biggest crowd
so far.

ICC CEO David Richardson
ICC CEO David Richardson

“This Cricket World Cup has been the most followed and best attended cricket event in history,” Richardson said in a statement.

With two double-centuries, seven scores in excess of 150 and 38 centuries, there has been no shortage of batting prowess on display in Australia and New Zealand over the past seven weeks.

Bowlers shine too
And 28 four-wicket hauls, including two hat-tricks, mean the bowlers have played their part, too. “The pick of the group stage matches from an attendance point of view was the India versus South Africa game on 22 February at the Melbourne Cricket Ground at which there were more than 86,000 people cheering on their respective teams, a phenomenal result given that neither of the host teams were involved,” the ICC stated.

Broadcast by 44 licensees, in seven languages across 220 territories, the India-Pakistan group match drew an approximate television audience of more than 288 million in India alone, while the Australia versus England match was watched by 2.1 million people in Australia.

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