Days before the PSL 2017 final, some cricket fans were left shocked and dismayed when they found out the online tickets they had booked for the Pakistan Super League final were cancelled without any apparent reason.
One such unlucky fan, named Mohammad Shakib, told Geo News that he booked his ticket online and received confirmation on the website that his ticket had been booked successfully.
“Sometime later, I received an email that my ticket has been cancelled. No reason was given,” Shakib lamented.
A disgruntled Shakib added that he had even booked an airline ticket for Lahore to watch the final. “Now I will have to cancel the airline ticket and suffer even more financial loss,” he said.
Ticket sales for the PSL final have been extraordinary and within two days tickets ranging from Rs 500 – Rs 8,000 have been sold out. Bank of Punjab officials told Geo News they are not selling tickets anymore, adding that no branch of the bank had received any tickets on Thursday.
“They asked us to stand in the line for Rs 4,000 tickets after [the Rs500 tickets were sold out], but even those tickets were sold out shortly. Only tickets worth Rs 8,000 and Rs 12,000 tickets are available, which we cannot afford,” a cricket enthusiast waiting in line since 7am told Dawn News.
Long queues of fans wanting tickets to the PSL final were witnessed outside banks in the provincial capital of Punjab for a second consecutive day. Fans said they had been waiting in line as early as 7:00 AM, some came and even ate their breakfast outside.
However, PTI Chairman and former captain Imran Khan has reiterated his opposition to the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore, saying that there was no use of playing the match under curfew.
“If the PSL is being conducted to revive international cricket in Pakistan, this is simply foolish,” Khan said while addressing a gathering in the federal capital. International cricket will be revived automatically once security situation normalizes in the country,” he maintained.
Khan warned that if any mishap happened during the final, there would be no international cricket in Pakistan.
The PSL’s final will be played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on March 5. Quetta Gladiators have already qualified for the final while the second finalist will be decided after the third playoff between Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings.