Spectator crisis at the Lord's Test


England will play their first Test against New Zealand at Lord's on Thursday. New captain, new coach. But in such a test, the spectator support of England has decreased. According to the England Cricket Board (ECB), out of 30,000 seats at Lord's, only 14,000 tickets were sold. The remaining 16,000 seats are still unsold. However, is this the impact of the recent performance on the audience?

Cricketers are also quite worried. English fast bowler Steward Broad has also promised to change his style of play to bring back the spectators. "We need to improve the quality of playing to make the spectators interested again," he said. The kind of game spectators like to watch, the kind of cricket they have to play. We didn't play that game on the West Indies tour. So, the spectators are not liking our game. ''

Though tickets at Lord's sold less, Broad is still optimistic. He thinks the support of the English audience towards the team is still intact. Broad added: "Tickets for the first three days of the second Test at Nottingham are almost 100 per cent sold out. From this it is understood that there is still support for the team. We have to pay the price for that love of the supporters. They have to be dragged to the stadium door. ''

However, it is not just the poor performance that has reduced the audience. Ticket prices are also quite high. That may be the reason. That's what former England captain Michael Vaughan thinks. Tickets for the Lord's Test cost a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 160. Von claims that many people do not want to watch the game buying tickets for the Tests with so much money.

The English have won just one of the last 16 Tests. The Ashes, fight for dignity, was also lost. Joe Root has resigned as captain for failing. The coach has also left the responsibility. This time England is going on a mission to turn around again with a new captain and a new coach. Ben Stokes and Co are desperate to get their Tests back on track.