Tintin brings up a very valid point. I guess the only remedy would be to pour obscene amounts of money into the tournaments and leagues- not to the regional associations. In Bangladesh's case, we would do well (given the geographical proximity of all the regions) not have large regional bodies and see if we can come up with an NBA-like professional setup! We have to make the league matches appealing to our younger generations. Its all in the marketing. Our young generation should feel that going to one of these matches to spend an afternoon with friends, or to relax is a cool and healthy thing to do. I guess we need some gimmicks and half-time shows (similar to that in the 20/20) to attract interest.
Originally posted by Tintin
>> Another point worth pondering about is the lack of interest amongst most people about any domestic competitions
It is a universal problem. In India, entrance is free for Ranji league matches at most (all ?) centres but that does not bring in too many people. It is the money that BCCI makes from sponsorship and international matches that keeps the state associations afloat. This is true everywhere.