Sparse Crowd as England and New Zealand kick off Cricket World Cup.


Sparse Crowd as England and New Zealand kick off Cricket World Cup.

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England and New Zealand’s match was played in front of a nearly-empty stadium.Credit: AP

The 2023 Cricket World Cup commenced under unusual circumstances as England faced New Zealand in an almost-deserted Narendra Modi Stadium. Despite its massive capacity of 132,000, the world’s largest cricket arena remained largely vacant, prompting fans to express astonishment on social media. One user on X (formerly Twitter) commented, ‘Is this the Cricket World Cup? The inaugural match has an entirely empty stadium.’ Another noted, ‘That’s not cricket… England and New Zealand kick off the Cricket World Cup in an empty stadium.

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The Narendra Modi Stadium is the biggest cricket ground in the world.Credit: AP

Delayed fixture schedule, announced in late June, impacted ticket sales for the tournament. Fans could only buy tickets a month before it began. Criticism also directed at BCCI and ICC for staggered ticket sales. The 39-day World Cup features ten teams, with England as defending champions and strong competition from India and Australia.


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