World Test Championship: Host country Hampshire is set to welcome the crowd



New Delhi: Heartened by the crowd’s presence in the ongoing match against Leicestershire at the Rose Bowl, host county Hampshire is set to welcome the crowd during the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand, which is decided to take place here on 18-22 June.

The crowd involvement in Cricket in England was last seen in September 2019 and the previous season was played in front of empty stands. West Indies, Pakistan and Australia had visited England last year.

“Hampshire County Club’s chief Rod Bransgrove as saying that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was allowing 4000 fans for the WTC final,” Cricbuzz quoted.

“It is a high interest game and there is a good demand for it,” he said.

Though the ongoing county game at Rose Bowl has been affected by rains but the presence of crowd and applause has brought smiles to the face of cricketers.

The Hampshire county tweeted an interview with player Ian Holland on the presence of crowd.

“You realise once the crowd is back, how much you miss it. Warming up in front of the crowd and then they clap when you are coming on and off. It is great to have supporters back. Getting back to some sort of normality, which is great,” said Holland.

“We have forgotten almost what it was like because it has been almost two years. Not that long. But it has been a long time without the crowd. But it did feel little bit different but it was really nice,” he added.

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