Legendary Australian cricketer Steve Waugh has expressed his disappointment with the country’s hectic cricket schedule this year, adding that it has become very difficult for spectators to keep up with matches.
Cricket Australia (CA) has come under fire for scheduling the country’s men’s team matches during the summer months, especially after poor crowds in their 3-0 ODI series win over England, which began just three days after the men’s T20. Globalism The cup is over.
Also in the T20 World Cup, Australia, despite being the host and defending champions, recorded an average attendance of 37,565 across their five Super 12 matches, including the abandoned match against England at the MCG.
Although CA CEO Nick Hockley cited the rescheduling of games after the Covid-19 pandemic as the reason behind the busy schedule, Waugh has expressed concerns about how difficult it has become for people to follow matches.
“There’s so much cricket that it’s hard to follow, as a spectator it’s very hard to keep up. (The three) they had one day against England looked really unimportant, I mean what were they playing for? There wasn’t much of a crowd, I think the crowd had Almost overdosed on cricket,” Waugh said on SEN’s Saturday Morning Mowers Club show.
With players starting to choose between playing white or red ball cricket, Waugh is concerned that cricketers choosing to play in certain formats could lead to more problems for fans following the Australian team.
“You want the special series to be as iconic as The Ashes or against England, it’s hard to follow the Australian side because every time they play they have a different team on the field.”
“For the fans and spectators it’s hard to make contact because you’re not sure who the player is, I don’t know if it’s anyone’s fault but you need that consistency in the Australian side.”
He added, “You want to know who is in the team for every match, you want to follow it closely and it’s hard to do that now.”
Australia will begin their Test summer when they host the West Indies in the first of a two-match Test series in Perth from Wednesday. The series will be contested for the Frank Worrell Trophy and is part of the ongoing World Trials Championship cycle as well.