With the third One-Day International between India and England and the Hockey India League match between Ranchi Rhinos and Mumbai Magicians set to be held within 24 hours of each other, the clash of interests is pretty evident.
Consequently, the hockey match slated for Friday has drawn lukewarm response despite tickets being priced between Rs. 60 and 400.
Hockey was the most popular discipline during the National Games here a few years ago. Everyday the hockey stadium used to be packed.
Ranchi boasts of several hockey India internationals just as Mumbai used to about cricketers. Yet, the local populace seems to have chosen cricket over hockey.
While the cricket stadium is a beehive of activity, the hockey stadium wears a deserted look.