GT20 Canada: Cricket Is Here But Where Is The Crowd?
GT20 Canada has empty stands on Day 2
Supported by City of Brampton and province of Ontario besides a number of other sponsors, the GT20 Canada cricket bonanza was haunted by nearly empty stands on the second day today.
While some of cricket stars of yesteryears , including former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, joined hands with upcoming Canadian players, including Jatinder Singh and Pargat Singh , they failed to enthuse local cricket fans. Stands were virtually deserted. The organists even introduced cheer girls today but that too did not work.
Though Friday afternoon marks the beginning of much awaited weekend for Canadians, lack of response from local cricket fans to both the games played today was disturbing.
Intriguingly, the Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown, has been working overtime to promote the sport as his city has perhaps the largest population of cricket players and fans. He wants to make Brampton as cricket capital of Canada. Idea is laudable but if needs total involvement of the local populace as well as its opinion makers.
Even the playfield of the arena repeatedly runs the ad of the City of Brampton but somehow message has not gone home well.
Besides the City of Brampton even the provincial government has consented for its ad being run repeatedly, the results are far from visible.
A number of cricket enthusiasts, including local journalists, are of the view that since local media, especially ethnic media, that enjoys tremendous credibility among immigrants coming from South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the organizers have wittingly or unwittingly, has not been actively associated with conduct of the event.