CLT20: Sparse Crowd Response in Kings XI Punjab's First Game at Mohali

Updated: 19 September 2014 09:26 IST

The game beween Kings XI Punjab and Hobart Hurricane witnessed a poor turnout at the PCA stadium in Mohali.

CLT20: Sparse Crowd Response in Kings XI Punjab's First Game at Mohali
The near-empty stands of the PCA stadium in Mohali during the CLT20 tie between KXIP and Hobart Hurricanes. © BCCI

Mohali:

Despite home team featuring in the opening tie, crowds at the PCA stadium were sparse in the CLT20 match played between Kings XI Punjab and Hobart Hurricanes in Mohali on Thursday. (Report | Pics)

As the game began in the evening, crowds at the 28,000 capacity stadium were thin and even towards the end the attendance was not close to half the mark. Several rows of seats in many stands were empty.

Ankush, a school-going fan, who had come to watch the game, said he was a big fan of Kings XI and wanted to cheer for them.

"May be the event is not hyped as much as the IPL, which may be the reason for poor turnout," he said when asked why the fans had not turned out in huge numbers as witnessed during IPL matches played here.

Harmeet Singh, a cricket fan, said that he wanted to see a big innings from KXIP opener Virender Sehwag , but the dashing batsman disappointed.

"I was hoping to see a big knock from him, but he got out without scoring," he said.

Another bunch of youngsters who had come to watch the tie said they were excited to watch a new team, Hurricanes in action here for the first time.

Topics : Champions League Twenty20 2014 Kings XI Punjab Cricket
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