Cricket Fatigue: Near-empty stands, lack of buzz for Indo-Pak game raises eyebrows

Pallekele (Sri Lanka), Sept 2 (PTI) A cricket match involving India and Pakistan is not just about top-quality cricket, but it is also about roaring fans giving the stadium the atmosphere of a Roman colosseum.

But the Pallekele Stadium was cocooned in a rather serene ambience on Saturday, as India and Pakistan faced each other in their Asia Cup 2023 Group A match.

There were fans – the flag-waving, cheering, applauding kind. But not in numbers that often electrify the venue, despite India batting first.

There were several empty spaces in the stands and on the grass banks here, something one will not see during an Indo-Pak cricket clash.

“The tickets are not fully sold, as you can see. In fact, the sale of tickets was on even yesterday evening at Kandy and Colombo. There were not many takers for the top-end tickets in the Grand Stand,” an SLC official told

Source: PTI News

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