Pakistan vs World XI: Najam Sethi Reveals the Reason Behind Low Turnout in Ongoing Series
In a country where no game is bigger than cricket, it was rightly expected by one and all that the stadiums will be jam-packed for the ongoing series between Pakistan and World XI.
The current series marks the return of international cricket in Pakistan where no International country except Zimbabwe in 2015 had toured since 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.
However, there was high enthusiasm for the series against World XI which can pave the way for a return of international matches in the cricket-obsessed country, the scenes in Lahore’s Gadaffi stadium have not been encouraging.
Najam Sethi, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, knows the reasons behind the low turnout. Sethi has admitted that the board’s decision to hike the ticket prices has backfired.
“You are absolutely right about prices. We made a mistake by setting such high prices. We were misled by the trend we saw in PSL when prices were unimportant and irrelevant, and people paid high prices to come and witness the event,” the PCB chairman told journalists.
The Gadaffi Stadium was brimming with spectators during this year’s PSL final, but the expensive tickets have compelled the fans to give the much-awaited series a miss. The starting price for the ticket was Pakistan rupees 500, but it then increased to 2,500, 4,000, 6,000 and 8,000, respectively for different blocks.
“We should have kept lower prices for the three-match series. But I can assure you that we’ll learn from this and considerably and significantly reduce prices for future,” he added.
Sethi also felt that the tight security was another reason for the unexpected turnout in the ongoing series.
“The security was so tight that many people from different areas couldn’t reach or went back home. We can do very little about it as, despite our requests, the Punjab government is relentless in providing security,” he concluded.
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