No colour in the stands at Gaddafi stadium

Published: Wednesday, April 7, 2004, 0:12 [IST]
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Lahore:Even the prospect of Pakistani batsmen making merry against India and avenging the humiliating defeat at Multan in the second cricket Test could not lure locals to the Gaddafi stadium on Tuesday.

With the fans, who had crossed the border in huge numbers to watch the One-day series, having mostly retreated, the colour seems to have suddenly faded from the stands.

But some of the Indians have stayed back and outnumbered a handful of Pakistani fans who came to watch the second day's play.

The poor public response was evident as barely 1,200 spectators watched the game in contrary to expectations that a big crowd would come to watch their stars bat in the first innings after they bundled out India for 287 on Monday.

The overall attendance was appalling considering the capacity of stadium at 23,000.

Over 15,000 Indian cricket fans have so far visited Pakistan to watch the historic cricket series.

This ancient city, located just 25 km from Wagah border, has been the favourite centre for Indian fans, also because their team won two One-day Internationals in Lahore.

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