Tickets for Australia – India in high demand
Tickets for the forthcoming limited over series between Australia and Indian have been in high demand, and five of the six games are already sold out. There are, however, seats still to be filled for the opening ODI match in Sydney next Friday (November 27th).
It should be pointed out that, due to Covid-19 measures – the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Manuka Oval in Canberra – only 50% of the capacity will be filled.
Nevertheless, it is a sign of the anticipation building ahead of the much-awaited clashes between the two sides.
IPL 2020 attracts record figures
The IPL 2020 attracted record viewing figures, with almost a 25% increase on the previous year.
The season opener alone, which saw the Chennai Super Kings beat the defending champions (and eventual winners) the Mumbai Indians, attracting a record audience of over 200 million.
It also proved to be a good tournament for advertisers – industry experts are estimating that total advertising revenue was up 10% over the previous year.
Particularly encouraging for tournament organisers was the growth in the number of women and children watching the IPL this year. Female viewers recorded an increase of 24% whilst the number of children watching the tournament increased by 20%.
Whilst part of the increase may be attributed to the fact that there was a captive audience this year, with many more people at home because of government restrictions – it still has made IPL 13 the most successful ever.
Trescothick in line to become England batting coach
Former test and Somerset opener Marcus Trescothick is in line to become England’s full-time batting coach.
The 44-year old played his last match in county cricket last September and has been an assistant coach at Somerset.
He played 76 tests for England and 123 ODIs but famously retired from international cricket due to a stress-related illness.
England have been without a permanent batting-coach since Mark Ramprakash was fired last March, but now Trescothick is favourite to assume the role. He is already in South Africa working with the T20 squad ahead of the opening match against the hosts next Friday.