Cricket mania fails to grip Lahorites
LAHORE: Unlike the Pak-India historic cricket series, there is less public interest in the two back-to-back matches of the tri-nation cricket series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka to be played at the Gadaffi Stadium on Thursday and Saturday.
People seem to be out of their usual cricket fervour, which gripped the nation when Pakistan and India clashed in a one-day and Test series – revived after fourteen years earlier this year.
Big billboards and banners have been erected outside the Gadaffi Stadium informing the public that the tickets are available for both the matches at designated branches of a bank and at the booths of the stadium. “Tickets are available in abundance and they will also be on sale on day of the matches,” said a spokesman of the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday.
He said following the precedent of the Pak-India series, no complimentary passes were issued for the matches. The sale of the tickets was not encouraging. At some branches of the banks a few buyers were seen. The spokesman admitted that peoples interest was less in the matches in Lahore but expressed the hope that they may come in big numbers today. app