The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were in for a shock when a spectator at the Wankhede Stadium took to social media reminding them of the basic facilities for crowds at stadiums hosting cricket games.Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium saw more than 21,000 people turning up to watch India bat.
They wouldn’t have left disappointed after Virat Kohli’s ton, but the in-stadium experience left a lot to be desired with uncleared bird droppings left uncleared on several seats. It was clearly not a pleasant morning for spectators who trooped in and one spectator decided to jog the world’s attention to the terrible state of bucket seats, using Twitter for a series of pictures highlighting the mess.
Lack of clean seats, unclean toilets and hygiene in the stands were major feedback points expressed on social media after Day 1 and were tagged to board president Anurag Thakur and MCA.Many retweeted: “@MumbaiCricAssoc @ianuragthakur more pics of unclean seats .. noone is respinding either .. the british guests are complaining too.”Another one pointed out: “@MumbaiCricAssoc @ianuragthakur seats in entire stadium are like these .. have we paid the ticket costs for such unclean seats??”And, “@MumbaiCricAssoc @ianuragthakur pathetic condition of seats in garware pavilion for the test match…all seats are like this”.
By evening the cat had been set among pigeon droppings with BCCI’s cricket operations manager MV Sridhar bringing this to the notice of MCA, and the association assuring that more people will be engaged to get things done. In a letter sent to MCA which is accessed by The Indian Express, Sridhar, writes: “It has been brought to our notice that the cleanliness and hygiene in the stands, common places and toilets could be better and would request you to increase your efforts in providing these basic comforts to the spectators, which will in turn bring them back to the grounds and watch their favourite game, live.”
He adds: “We are also hoping that some of the initiatives that were planned to enhance fan engagements are bearing positive results and would be our pleasure to assist you in all your endeavours. Kindly let us know the steps taken to improve these basic necessities to the fans.”
Meanwhile, MCA joint-secretary Unmesh Khanvilkar said MCA has ensured that things will be sorted out at the earliest.”We have received emails and the matter will be sorted soon. We will be deploying more people in house-keeping staff especially for cleaning the toilets and seats to make their stadium experience more comfortable,” Khanvilkar said.Sunday is expected to be a packed house, and if you find any part of the stadium unclean, you now know whom to tweet.