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They bat for cricket, not honeymoon

IANS /Mumbai
Filed on November 28, 2019 | Last updated on November 28, 2019 at 10.36 pm

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A survey found that 41 per cent Indians would rather lose their jobs than not be able to attend a historic sporting final.

From cancelling a honeymoon to risking their jobs, a new study from digital travel platform Booking.com on Wednesday found that 42 per cent of Indian cricket fans would cancel their honeymoon if it clashed with their preferred team or athlete playing a big game.

The study revealed that how optimistic Indian sports fans are, and how sports influences their travel behaviour.

The research also found that 44 per cent Indian sports fans felt they will see their national team or player win an international tournament within the next year, compared to the global average of 34 per cent. Cricket fans are the most optimistic, followed by football fans when asked when they felt their team or player would win a major international tournament.

Moreover, 88 per cent cricket fans believed that they will see their team or player win a major international tournament in the next four years, while 79 per cent football fans shared the sentiment.

The survey added that 41 per cent Indians would rather lose their jobs than not be able to attend a historic sporting final.

According to the study, 42 per cent of Indian sports fans (highest globally) would cancel their honeymoon if it clashed with their team or athlete playing a big game, as against the global average of 19 per cent

Travelling to see their team live in action is a clear priority for many Indian sports fans, the research found.


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