Fallout From Ball-tampering Saga Has Affected Perth Attendance: WACA Chief

Fans cheer during the India-Australia game. (Twitter/Optus Stadium)


WACA Chief Executive Christina Matthews said she believes that Cricket Australia’s poor handling of the ball-tampering saga and the botched course correction afterwards has directly led to poor attendance at the new Perth Stadium.”I don’t think it’s the team, I think Australian cricket as an entity is on the nose and a little bit of trust has been lost,” Matthews told SEN radio on Sunday (December 16).
She called the ball-tampering saga that took place at Newlands ‘an insult’ and said that the cultural review that followed it showed a lack of foresight from the people running the game.

“What happened in South Africa was kind of an insult to everybody and how they feel about the game. We follow that up a few months later with the cultural review and let’s say the lack of foresight on Cricket Australia’s part to see how the public was going to react to that.”

She further went on to add that despite the fact that while 20,746 attended the first day of the second Test, the number expected by the authorities was much higher.

“No doubt when we were planning for this a few years ago we would have hoped for 30-35,000 first-day crowd, but we didn’t expect the upheaval that was going to happen in cricket over the last nine months.

“You live and learn. Don’t forget we’ve got a World Cup and an Ashes series coming up in the winter and a reset in that sense.”

First Published: December 16, 2018, 5:10 PM IST