Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi has admitted the reason for the low turnout during the games between Pakistan and the World XI has been the high prices of the match tickets.
Sethi said the board had been influenced by the response to the Pakistan Super League final that was played in Lahore earlier this year, in setting the ticket prices that high. And he admitted the board will try and not repeat the mistake.
The board chairman also said the high security in getting to the stadium was a huge deterrent for the cricket fans.
The ticket prices for the Pakistan-World XI series, which has been only the second time a team has played in Pakistan since the 2009 terror attacks on the Sri Lankan side, have been pegged at Rs.500, Rs.2500, Rs.4000, Rs.6000 and Rs.8000, making it tough for the fans to get hooked on to them.
In an answer to a journalist questioning the ticket prices, Sethi said:
“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.”
He said the board will try and lower the prices for tickets in the forthcoming events.
Sethi added, that apart from the prices of the tickets, the solid security was an issue as well, which turned the fans away in some cases.
“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.”