South Africa’s domestic season will officially be ushered in over the weekend it’s just such a shame that so few people will be there to see it. While it remains a fertile breeding crowd for future Test talent, South Africa still struggles to sell it to the public.
Blink and you’ll have missed that South Africa’s four-day competition starts this week. It’s a tantalising prospect and heralds the official start of summer, sun and cricket season. It’s just a pity that hardly anyone will be there to see any of it.
Despite having the number one-ranked team in the world, fans generally have not shown up to watch. That goes for both domestic cricket and Test cricket. That does not mean the interest is not there. South Africa boasts impressive viewership numbers for Tests. The most recent figures showed that close to 4 million viewers tuned in per Tests for the matches against Australia earlier in the year.
The lack of crowds is often used as proof that “Test cricket is dying” and that there is no interest in the sport, but that is a complete misconception. South Africans love sport, of almost every description they just…
Source : Daily Maverick