A large number of fans turned up for the 2023 World Cup© AFP
The 2023 Cricket World Cup was expected to be one of the biggest ICC events in the history of the sport. A record 1.25 million fans attended matches during the 13th edition of the World Cup, which concluded on Sunday with Australia beating hosts India for their sixth title, world body the International Cricket Council said ( ICC) on Tuesday. A total of 1,250,307 fans watched the 45-day exhibition event from the stands, surpassing the previous mark of 1.016 million set at the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand.
Although there were many empty seats in venues in the early matches that did not involve second place India, the overall viewership figures crossed the million mark with six matches to go.
ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said the one-day international (ODI) tournament was a “great success”.
“The massive attendance reflects the enduring appeal of cricket and the excitement that the ODI format continues to offer,” Tetley said in a statement, adding that the tournament also broke numerous broadcast and digital viewership records.
“It was an event that not only entertained cricket fans around the world but also united and celebrated the sport.”
Around 100,000 fans attended the final alone, most of them dressed in blue in support of the Indian team. The crowd support did not affect the outcome of the match, however, with Australia emerging victorious by 6 wickets in the match.
Chasing a target of 241 runs, the Aussies rode on Travis Head’s century to take home the ODI World Cup title for the sixth time in their history.
With Reuters inputs
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