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Cricket chiefs plan alcohol free stadia for new event in bid to lure younger fans from migrant communities

England's Joe Root celebrates after the dismissal of West Indies' Sheldon Cottrell during the 2019 Cricket World Cup 
England's Joe Root celebrates after the dismissal of West Indies' Sheldon Cottrell during the 2019 Cricket World Cup  Credit: AFP

The BBC wondered out loud if all the empty seats at the cricket had been caused by the huge queue for the beer tent.

Others wondered if sponsors and others had simply not bothered showing up.

Whatever the reason, England’s easy win yesterday over the West Indies - which kick-started the home side’s hopes of winning the tournament for a first time - was marred by what might best be called a spectator malfunction.

Cricket fans watching on television complained they had been unable to buy tickets for yesterday’s game at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton - despite the fact hundreds of seats were unoccupied.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), which runs the tournament, said it too was nonplussed....

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