Poor attendances reflect overkill

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A lot has been said about the poor attendances for the two Twenty20 internationals at Cardiff, but it was inevitable given England's manic schedule.


The paying public have had to put their hands in their pockets a lot this summer and the ECB can only ask so much of cricket supporters in England and Wales - Andy Flower has admitted as much himself.


It has to be recognised that the support for Flower's side is superb on the whole and the two matches in Cardiff perhaps reflected a case of overkill.


It was a record low of 6,000 at the Swalec Stadium, and quite an embarrassment for the game's authorities.


There has been so much cricket that the public cannot keep paying to watch the same two sides compete, particularly given everything which is going on off the field.


It has been said that the contest is undermined by the furore surrounding the Pakistan side, and that is very hard to argue with, to be honest.


It will be very interesting to see if the attendances improve for the one-day series starting in Durham on Friday, but it is asking a lot of fans to keep turning out.


To have two matches in quick succession at the same venue was quite surprising scheduling from the ECB, and it effectively backfired with the ticket sales.


Of course, every international match has some pedigree but, having won the Test series, the public interest is understandably dwindling.


With the Ashes series coming up this winter, it would be foolish for anyone to deny that most people's focus is elsewhere at this stage in the season.


I have heard rumours that some fans in possession for tickets are asking for their money back in light of the scandal currently surrounding Pakistan, and that does not help.


Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I don't think there is any justification for requesting money back on those grounds - there are still two sides competing in an international series.


I hope that Pakistan can put up a real fight in the upcoming ODI series and really challenge England: if that is the case then attendances should reflect that.


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