Monday 5 August 2013 

Talking Point - Does Cricket Have A Crowd Problem?

Nothing wrong with this excellent support and celebration...but does cricket have a crowd problem?
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England may well retain the Ashes as rain sets in Old Trafford today and that will certainly generate plenty of discussion.

However, events at Old Trafford over the course of the match have raised a potentially uncomfortable issue within the game.

The boos and jeers that David Warner has been subjected to have brought crowd behaviour into focus. To his credit, he has taken it pretty well, happy to interact with the crowd and laugh at himself.

Whether you think that his being singled out as the 'pantomime villain' is right or wrong, we heard first-hand reports from Old Trafford that it wasn't just Warner being targeted.

Some of the younger, less experienced Australians were also barracked by the crowd, and were visibly affected by it.

Was a line crossed here? Why wasn't something done? Why is it seen as acceptable that certain grounds have areas that are well-known for such behaviour?

And what can be done? What would you do if you were near people barracking players, perhaps with young children in the vicinity?

Does cricket have a crowd problem, and if so, what can be done about it so the game we all love remains one which we still want to participate in and encourage young people to follow?

Let us know of your experiences and ideas by leaving us a comment below.

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