On Wednesday, Sunil Gavaskar spoke about the buzz that is missing from Ranji Trophy matches.
And given the current state of affairs, things are likely to stay this way, despite the tall claims from administrators who want fans to believe they are doing everything to encourage their presence at the grounds.
A section of the Sachin Tendulkar Stand at the north end of the Wankhede Stadium. Pic/Suresh KK
Though the Ranji Trophy quarter-final between Mumbai and Maharashtra at the Wankhede Stadium has witnessed a decent turnout on the first two days as per current domestic standards, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has done little to take care of the few hundred fans.
The Sunil Gavaskar Pavilion is the only stand currently open to the public whereas the North Stand would have provided an ideal view to these spectators.
For a spectator to watch the action from the MCA Pavilion and Garware Pavilion, he/she must avail of a complimentary ticket which not everyone can
The Sunil Gavaskar Pavilion provides a view from square of the wicket while North Stand facilitates a straighter view. Another concern that the MCA did not address is spectators being exposed to the harsh sunlight through the day. This could discourage them from turning up.
Nitin Dalal, joint honorary secretary of the MCA, said: “We are not getting too much crowds for the Ranji matches that is why only Gavaskar Pavilion is kept open.
“That too, is hardly filled up. If we get more crowds, we will surely open all other stands. Entry is free anyway. We are hoping to get more people on the weekend.”