Former Indian cricket group opener Virender Sehwag believes that the Cricket World Cup 2023 organisers ought to give free tickets to high school and school college students for matches not that includes India after the competitors opened to empty stands in Ahmedabad on Thursday. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad failed to attract crowds and the shortage of help left plenty of cricket followers on social media shocked. Sehwag believes that the recognition for ODI cricket is dwindling in the mean time and higher entry for kids throughout the event can enhance their curiosity within the sport.
“Hopefully after office hours, there should be more people coming in. But for games not featuring Bharat, there should be free tickets for school and college children. With the fading interest in 50 over game, it will definitely help that youngsters get to experience a World Cup game and players get to play in fron (sic) of a full stadium.” Sehwag posted on social media platform X (previously referred to as Twitter).
New Zealand received the toss and put defending champions England in to bat within the World Cup opener on Thursday with the English lacking their talisman Ben Stokes resulting from a hip damage.
Hopefully after workplace hours, there ought to be extra individuals coming in. But for video games not that includes Bharat, there ought to be free tickets for college and school kids. With the fading curiosity in 50 over recreation, it can positively assist that children get to expertise a World Cup…
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 5, 2023
The conflict, on the world’s greatest cricket stadium within the Indian metropolis of Ahmedabad, is a rematch of the epic 2019 closing when England received a tied recreation on boundary countback.
Tom Latham leads New Zealand, who will probably be with out common captain Kane Williamson and tempo bowler Tim Southee, each recovering from accidents.
Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson can be out resulting from a niggle.
“Looks a reasonably good surface. Hopefully later on it gets better to bat,” Latham stated on the toss. “Preparation has been great.”
England skipper Jos Buttler confirmed Stokes is out with a “niggle with his hip”.
Harry Brook is available in for Stokes, who was chosen for the World Cup as a specialist batsman however will probably be unable to bowl resulting from a long-standing knee damage.
Buttler stated they might have bowled first had he received the toss.
“Looks a really good wicket. Preparation has been okay,” stated Buttler.
“Had a good series against New Zealand at home. Very proud of the achievement four years ago.”
England:Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (wk/capt), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
New Zealand:Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk/capt), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Trent Boult.
(With AFP inputs)
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