28 November, 2020

A Ticket To Ride

A Ticket To Ride

NAND Kumar, 23, an unemployed student in Bangalore, struck a deal that would have baffled superstar Sachin. Cashing in on the cricket fever, the resourceful youthobtained 15 tickets priced at Rs 100 each and sold them at a premium. "I will now buy myself a colour television and watch the match at home," he says.

The scenario was much the same in the rest of the country. For the tie between India and Australia in Bombay, only 7,000 tickets out of the total 42,000 were available for open sale on February 27. Says Kerman, a disgruntled cricket buff: "After much haggling, I paid Rs 4,000 for two Rs 250 tickets."

 Cricket isn't cricket anymore for the cricket-lover. It is a game played as much out of the field as on it. And the ones who get clean bowled are the ones who popularised the game in the first place. A spectator sport has turned into an elitist affair. "The rich man can always go abroad and watch his favourite cricketers in action. But the young ones can watch Brian Lara and Mark Waugh only on home turf," says...



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