Cricket News Only 1,500 Tickets Sold For India Vs South Africa Game, JSCA President Says ‘Will Think Twice About Hosting Tests’

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team arrive at the JSCA stadium for the third and final Test in Ranchi against South Africa with plenty at stake. Kohli will be gunning for a 3-0 whitewash and they will be aiming for maximum points in the ongoing ICC World Test Championships. While Kohli and the Indian cricket team are breaking records consistently, there is a major issue that is plaguing not just world cricket but Indian cricket as well. This is an issue of low crowds for Test matches that have plagued the current series. Apart from the game in Vizag that saw good attendances on all the days, the Test in Pune was a bitter disappointment with lots of empty stands. After Pune, it is the turn of Ranchi to face the heat as the Test stares at low numbers. According to an Indian Express report, only 1500 tickets have been sold for the game. The capacity of the stadium is 39000. The cricket association has said it has distributed 5,000 complimentary tickets to security personnel and another 10,000 tickets to schools, clubs and academies.The low numbers has forced the JSCA president, Nafis Khan to paint a bleak picture. Speaking to the Indian Express, he said, “Next time, maybe we have to think twice before hosting a Test match. At the same time, we can’t say no also. If the state associations start rejecting Test cricket, the purest form of the game would die. It’s very sad to see empty stands. We have to make certain changes to the Test format.”The situation regarding Test cricket in the smaller towns and in some cases large towns has been bleak in India for some time. Kolkata’s Eden Gardens has seen poor crowd numbers for Tests in the last couple of years while Rajkot and Mohali have also struggled. Chennai and Bangalore have seen decent attendances but in the case of Chepauk, they have not hosted a Test for a long time.Also Read | Aiden Markram Punches ‘Solid Object’ To Fracture Wrist, Ruled Out Of Ranchi TestAll eyes will be on the BCCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) as to how the BCCI proposes a roadmap to revive Tests and improve crowd attendances in India. Sourav Ganguly, who will be appointed as the president of the BCCI, could propose Day Night Tests to be played in the country. India and Bangladesh are the only teams to have not played a Pink Ball Test, with the first match taking place in 2015 between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Princess Cruises partners with Aussie chef

first_imgSource = Princess Cruises Princess Cruises today announced a new exclusive partnership with esteemed restaurateur, New York Times bestselling author and television personality Chef Curtis Stone.This collaboration will serve up new culinary offerings designed by Chef Stone, dedicated to fresh flavorful cuisine, ultimately creating memorable experiences as guests travel the world.Internationally known, Chef Stone began his cooking career at the age of 18 in his homeland of Australia and later honed his skills at Michelin-starred restaurants in London.Curtis is also a New York Times bestselling author, having written six cookbooks, his most recent Good Food, Good Life.Guests will be invited to enjoy three special offerings developed by Chef Stone, available only on a Princess cruise vacation, including:“Crafted by Curtis” menu items available in the main dining room across the entire fleetA new specialty restaurant concept and menu designed by Chef StoneA special Chef’s Table by Curtis Stone experience“Crafted by Curtis” menu items offered in the main dining rooms will debut aboard Golden Princess in the fall and roll out fleet-wide through the end of 2015.Chef Stone’s first restaurant at sea will debut in December aboard Emerald Princess, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to the Caribbean and Ruby Princess, sailing from Los Angeles on cruises to Hawaii and Mexico.The rollout will continue on Coral Princess cruising the Panama Canal and then Sun Princess, which will bring Chef Stone’s restaurant to his home country, Australia.Curtis Stone’s Chef’s Table experience will debut across the fleet beginning in early 2016.“We take tremendous pride in preparing and serving our guests freshly made dishes served with passion and care,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.“This partnership will appeal to Princess guests around the world and most certainly to those enjoying Australia-based cruises since Chef Stone hails from Oz and is incredibly popular in his homeland.”“Princess Cruises is known for visiting great worldwide destinations – I’m set on bringing a new culinary experience to the sea to enhance and complete a cruise vacation,” said Chef Curtis Stone.“It’s important to me that guests have the experience that I would want and food that I’d be thrilled to eat myself, at sea or anywhere else in the world,” added Stone. Find out morelast_img read more