ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Council on Friday introduced free entry into Sheikh Zayed Stadium on the eleventh hour of the primary Test cricket match’s second day.
After officers from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in Abu Dhabi mentioned with their native counterparts the low curiosity of cricket lovers within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it was lastly determined that the remainder of three days will probably be free for sports activities fanatics.
The choice comes after Abu Dhabi cricket officers requested the PCB to take action provided that fewer than 1,000 spectators got here to witness the sport in the course of the first and second days of the Test.
On the second day too, entry was made free virtually an hour earlier than the sport ended in an effort to appeal to a better variety of followers to Sheikh Zaid Stadium.
Shahnawaz Hakim — the supervisor of operations at Abu Dhabi Cricket — informed Geo.television right here that nearly one hundred fifty individuals purchased tickets for the primary day of Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test match, whereas round 800 tickets have been bought on the second day.
Contemplating how troublesome it’s to “appeal to cricket followers through the Test matches these days, I consider that it is fairly a great transfer that may appeal to cricket followers — particularly blue-color Pakistanis staff dwelling within the Emirates,” Hakeem defined.
On the second day, virtually one hundred Sri Lankan cricket followers witnessed the motion at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, elevating their nationwide flag and dancing to the beat of the drum.
Authorities say that the warmth and the absence of star cricketers have led to individuals’s disinterest within the Test. They now hope that the free entry will increase viewers numbers on the remaining days.
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