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Public has almost overdosed on cricket: Waugh

Source: PTI
November 28, 2022 16:26 IST
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IMAGE: The empty stands during the third One-Day International between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 22, 2022. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh feels "the public has almost overdosed on cricket" and is disappointed with the crammed schedule.

 

Referring to the hectic schedule of the Australian team this year, he said that it has become very hard for a spectator to keep up with the matches.

Barely three days after the T20 World Cup final, newly-crowned champions England and Australia locked horns in an insignificant ODI series Down Under, forcing many to criticise Cricket Australia (CA) for the manner in which it has scheduled the men's team's matches.

Not surprisingly, the turnout was poor.

"There's a lot of cricket it's hard to follow, as a spectator its very hard to keep up with it. (The) three one-dayers against England seemed a bit insignificant really, I mean what were they playing for? There wasn't a big crowd, I think the public has almost overdosed on cricket," said Waugh on SEN's Saturday Morning Mowers Club show.

Besides being the hosts, Australia entered the last T20 World Cup as the defending champions but still, the average attendance for five of their Super 12 matches was only 37,565. It includes the abandoned fixture against England at the MCG.

"You want the special series to be iconic like the Ashes or against England, it's hard to follow the Australian side because every time they play they have a different team on the field," Waugh added.

"For the fans and spectators, it is hard to make a connection because you're not sure who is playing, I don't know whether it's anyone's fault but you need that consistency in the Australian side.

"You want to know who's in the squad every game, you want to be following it closely and it's really hard to do that right now," the World Cup-winning skipper said.

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