Cricket frenzy builds up at Mohali

From common fans to Punjab legislators - everybody seems to be complaining about the non-availability of tickets.

Even four days after the official close of ticket sale for the match, over 1,500 people parked themselves outside the closed counters of the PCA stadium in Mohali on Saturday hoping against hope to get tickets. In the Punjab Assembly, MLAs appealed to the Speaker to ensure availability of tickets so that they could watch the match with their families.

As expected, blackmarketeers are thriving on the scene. A single premium-plus category ticket is being quoted at a mind-boggling Rs 60,000 and even more depending on the demand and supply situation.

Even a ticket for the terrace stand, officially priced at Rs 5,000, is available for nothing less than Rs 35,000, sources say.

“The ticket prices will scale up further as the D-day approaches. We are told some tickets have been sold at Rs one lakh,” a source requesting anonymity told Deccan Herald.  

All hotels and guest houses in the city are reporting full occupancy. Catching on with the cricket frenzy, air tickets have also skyrocketed. A one-way ticket on Air India flight from Mumbai to Chandigarh is being quoted at Rs 21,000.

Meanwhile, a group of Pakistani fans crossed over from Wagah on Saturday to watch the Wednesday encounter. A few years ago when an India-Pakistan match was held in Mohali, some of the Pakistani visitors went missing after the match. “We are keeping a close tab so that the incident is not repeated,” an official said.      

The stadium is expected to be a no-fly zone that day given the heightened security concerns.

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