England in Sri Lanka 2011-12 March 25, 2012

Sri Lankan fans could be priced out by ticket hike

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Local Sri Lankan cricket fans who want to watch the full duration of the Test against England in Galle will be asked to fork out up to a month's wages after it was confirmed there would be no cheaper tickets available for locals.

Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed it had set the ticket prices at 5000 Sri Lankan rupees ($38) and 7500 Sri Lankan rupees ($57) per day, having seen the demand created by the visiting England fans as a chance to boost their struggling finances. That move has angered England supporters who feel they are being exploited for being loyal followers of their team overseas.

However, it also prices many locals out of the game, as paying even for four days would equate to 20,000 Sri Lankan rupees, which is around four week's pay for a large proportion of the population. Recent Tests in Galle have not been heavily attended by Sri Lankan fans - the game against Australia last year was not sold out despite much lower prices - but rather than trying to encourage more supporters through the gates the board has opted to cash in while it can. Yesterday, a Sri Lanka Cricket official said there would be a 1000 rupee ticket available but that has not materialised.

"We need to develop the game of cricket in Sri Lanka so whenever there is an opportunity and a demand for tickets it is our policy to put prices up," Nishantha Ranatunga, the Sri Lanka secretary, said. "You can see people buying tickets for this price. We will get the best deal. Yes, there is a substantial increase from previous tours and the World Cup but we have seen a lot of Sri Lankans buying tickets at this price."

There is talk of a protest by England fans on the opening day of the Test, suggesting they may decamp to the Dutch Fort which overlooks the ground, although many visiting supporters have arrived with pre-paid tickets bought as part of tour packages.

Andrew Strauss did not want to comment on the ticket prices, but wanted as many England supporters in the ground as possible. "I don't know the Sri Lanka Cricket board's policy on ticket pricing," he said. "But clearly we want to have as many fans as possible in the ground and we know the Barmy Army always travels and supports us wherever we go in the world. The more of them that are in the ground supporting us and watching some good quality Test cricket the better it is for not just for us but also the game as a whole."

Sri Lanka Cricket has severe financial problems after running up debts of $32.5 million to finance the building of two international stadiums in Hambantota and Pallekele, and to renovate the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, for the World Cup.

Payments owed to players, dating back to the World Cup, were only fully settled less than two weeks ago, after the state-owned Bank of Ceylon released 600 Sri Lankan million rupees ($5 million) after discussions with the sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka captain, confirmed they had been paid up to the end of the CB series in Australia. "We got paid last week," he said. "It's something we couldn't control, but the newly elected board made us a promise and they kept to that. We continued playing cricket and the boys were happy with that."

The players might be happier now, but supporters from both sides are unlikely to be having similar feelings.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SPKosgoda on March 28, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Sri Lankan SLC authorities have playedout every cent in its bank accounts; therefore they don't have a cent to orgonizemuch needed tournaments for youngsters. If they don't pay these youngsters a regularsalary, as it happens in other countries, they would soon give-up playing afterleaving school. Oh! "GOD BLESS SLanCRICKET"

  • ADienst on March 27, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    A ticket to see England play Sri Lanka - $38 Lunch at the stadium - $5 Watching Pietersen's batting slump continue - pricelsss

  • Dinecricket on March 27, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    This is not a reasonable price ....bad thing for tourism

  • sumoNYR88 on March 27, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Raising ticket prices is justifiable only if the option to bring in local fans is retained. While Sri Lanka Cricket have kept their promise to pay the players, it is evident that they are still disorganised in not being able to communicate (if) when and where local fans will be able to purchase the supposed 1,000 rupees tickets. There is no point in having home advantage if the board does not utilise it - having a supportive home crowd is one of the most moving emotions players go through across all sports, not just cricket.

    I wouldn't go as far as saying this is expected or absurd, however it reflects poorly on SLC and the fans (English but particularly the locals) lose out the most.

  • Harvey on March 27, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    @ Banglalink - you shouldn't believe everything you read in Wikipedia. The capacity at Galle is not 35000 or anything like it! Even Lord's only holds about 28,500, and Galle is tiny compared to Lord's. Packed together like sardines with everyone standing on the grass banks, you might fit 12 or13, 000 in, but when temporary seating is in place, as it is for this match, I doubt you'd safely get more than 8 or 9,000 in, tops. Don't forget that many of those will be on complimentary tickets, too! The money raised from this will have little impact on SLC's massive debts, and I really can't see how anything other than a bail-out can save them from bankruptcy.

  • Shakuvi on March 27, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Im wonder why T20 tickets are so cheep.. SLCB can earn more profit from uplifting those ticket prices. Because its starting on LKR27 and upwards thts very cheep here :D and also more fan attraction will be point out for this series too. So dont blame to SLCB they gave us world cup for the cheapest price every people can afford and also coming t20 will be incredibly very very cheep :)) always try to be happy with what you get :D

  • Philip_Gnana on March 26, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Seats in the Pavillion being priced per International rates, I dont have a problem with that as long as they seating arrangements and the facilities match up to International standards. Uncovered stands surely must be being sold at less. What is the minimum price of the tickets? The starting price is not $38 is it? How about the school children? Galle has always been a venue that welcomed and encouraged children. I hope at least these youngsters have not been deprived of their day. Mismanagement will never ever be irradicated in the Island. It is there to stay. Philip Gnana, UK

  • FaysalKabir on March 26, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    I think it is a shrewd business move by SLCB. Let me lay out the commercial logik for such a move. Galle has a capacity of 35,000. So total capacity for 5 days of test is 175,000. Average ticket price is (38/2+57/2) $47.50 .If the stands are full then income from ticket sale is $8.3125 million.Even if the stands are half full then SLCB earns $4.156. For the 2 tests add in TV rights + advertisement +hospitality boxes SLCB can earn roughly $12 million at lower estimate and $24 million at the higher estimate. That will significantly reduce their debt of $32 million. Add in the T20 WC and they could be in the black by October. So I think people should stop moaning and bear with this momentary inconvienience to help out the cricket in SL.

  • on March 26, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Sad to hear, but I'm half surprised that this didn't happen sooner in the wake of the board's financial problems.

  • KelvinLTR on March 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    we live in Galle and we are hurt, we really are. We all were planning to get to the ground on Thursday cz this was where we witnessed Murali's match.. we get to see an international match in Galle about only twice an year and how could they possibly expect a school boy to pay 7500 rupees. Our dear minister of some stupid ministry said a family of three people could live with 7500 rupees for a month, are they telling us that family should go without cricket, the only thing where we Sri Lankans seem to mark a presence in the world?

  • SPKosgoda on March 28, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Sri Lankan SLC authorities have playedout every cent in its bank accounts; therefore they don't have a cent to orgonizemuch needed tournaments for youngsters. If they don't pay these youngsters a regularsalary, as it happens in other countries, they would soon give-up playing afterleaving school. Oh! "GOD BLESS SLanCRICKET"

  • ADienst on March 27, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    A ticket to see England play Sri Lanka - $38 Lunch at the stadium - $5 Watching Pietersen's batting slump continue - pricelsss

  • Dinecricket on March 27, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    This is not a reasonable price ....bad thing for tourism

  • sumoNYR88 on March 27, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Raising ticket prices is justifiable only if the option to bring in local fans is retained. While Sri Lanka Cricket have kept their promise to pay the players, it is evident that they are still disorganised in not being able to communicate (if) when and where local fans will be able to purchase the supposed 1,000 rupees tickets. There is no point in having home advantage if the board does not utilise it - having a supportive home crowd is one of the most moving emotions players go through across all sports, not just cricket.

    I wouldn't go as far as saying this is expected or absurd, however it reflects poorly on SLC and the fans (English but particularly the locals) lose out the most.

  • Harvey on March 27, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    @ Banglalink - you shouldn't believe everything you read in Wikipedia. The capacity at Galle is not 35000 or anything like it! Even Lord's only holds about 28,500, and Galle is tiny compared to Lord's. Packed together like sardines with everyone standing on the grass banks, you might fit 12 or13, 000 in, but when temporary seating is in place, as it is for this match, I doubt you'd safely get more than 8 or 9,000 in, tops. Don't forget that many of those will be on complimentary tickets, too! The money raised from this will have little impact on SLC's massive debts, and I really can't see how anything other than a bail-out can save them from bankruptcy.

  • Shakuvi on March 27, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Im wonder why T20 tickets are so cheep.. SLCB can earn more profit from uplifting those ticket prices. Because its starting on LKR27 and upwards thts very cheep here :D and also more fan attraction will be point out for this series too. So dont blame to SLCB they gave us world cup for the cheapest price every people can afford and also coming t20 will be incredibly very very cheep :)) always try to be happy with what you get :D

  • Philip_Gnana on March 26, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Seats in the Pavillion being priced per International rates, I dont have a problem with that as long as they seating arrangements and the facilities match up to International standards. Uncovered stands surely must be being sold at less. What is the minimum price of the tickets? The starting price is not $38 is it? How about the school children? Galle has always been a venue that welcomed and encouraged children. I hope at least these youngsters have not been deprived of their day. Mismanagement will never ever be irradicated in the Island. It is there to stay. Philip Gnana, UK

  • FaysalKabir on March 26, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    I think it is a shrewd business move by SLCB. Let me lay out the commercial logik for such a move. Galle has a capacity of 35,000. So total capacity for 5 days of test is 175,000. Average ticket price is (38/2+57/2) $47.50 .If the stands are full then income from ticket sale is $8.3125 million.Even if the stands are half full then SLCB earns $4.156. For the 2 tests add in TV rights + advertisement +hospitality boxes SLCB can earn roughly $12 million at lower estimate and $24 million at the higher estimate. That will significantly reduce their debt of $32 million. Add in the T20 WC and they could be in the black by October. So I think people should stop moaning and bear with this momentary inconvienience to help out the cricket in SL.

  • on March 26, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Sad to hear, but I'm half surprised that this didn't happen sooner in the wake of the board's financial problems.

  • KelvinLTR on March 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    we live in Galle and we are hurt, we really are. We all were planning to get to the ground on Thursday cz this was where we witnessed Murali's match.. we get to see an international match in Galle about only twice an year and how could they possibly expect a school boy to pay 7500 rupees. Our dear minister of some stupid ministry said a family of three people could live with 7500 rupees for a month, are they telling us that family should go without cricket, the only thing where we Sri Lankans seem to mark a presence in the world?

  • visha_pb on March 26, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Week Ago One Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister Told To Media, 7500 RS Enough for the 3 Member Family for One Month Living. So... Can You Imagine About 5000 RS for 1 Day Test cricket. 25000 RS for 5 Day Test Cricket. Even the TV also Not free Now. So..... Sri Lankan Cricket getting far & far from the Fans.

  • SLMaster on March 26, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    I wonder what the lowest price to watch a test match in LORDS. If it is less that $38US then SLC is unfair. But SLC should remember not to ruin fans coming to watch matches. More fans worth more than charging extra US $10. Remember why India get more money. Less money hugh number of fans is the best way to go.

  • AadeeSL on March 26, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Why all this fuss???????the stands were full of Englishmen today.locals were there also.so looking at numbers at stands, seems that $38 doesn't a matter of bother for them

  • big_al_81 on March 26, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    @Prasad. There are plenty of beautiful islands in the world, many of them closer to reach from the UK than SL. If they'd gone for that reason I'm sure they wouldn't mind but the scale of the increase is the issue. There are also some delightful venues for cricket in England and most supporters would expect to only go for one day but the grounds are still full because we care about Test cricket. If you travel overseas you want to watch more than one day - all of them if possible. For some supporters it's not a problem but for many, this will be one of their chief expenses in life. It would be a shame for the SL board to milk the cash cow to death now and then see no supporters next time.

  • Noball_Specialist on March 26, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Ticket prices will phase out the common man from spectating cricket. Once that happens, you can be sure that nothing but T20 can survive. Changing the game by artificially affecting the demand. No one should pay.

  • on March 26, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Most of the UK cricket supportes will be travelling on package holidays that include the tickets to the grounds and will thereore not be affected by the prices. The tour operators will lose a bit on their margin. although i dont agree with there not ebing a cheap ticket available i really find no sympathy forpeople like Harvey moaning about high ticket prices and telling us how to run our affairs! What next ? cant find chicket tikka masala in sri lanka?

  • MaxG9 on March 26, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Why is all this debate about the England fans? The main concern is that the price is too much for the local fan & that the Galle tests bring the most spectators in, at Sri Lankan venues. SLC should not fleece the spectators unduly just to try to make up a small amount up due to their mismanagement & grandiose politically motivated schemes. That is the real debate!

  • Nutcutlet on March 26, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    There needs to be a recommended formula/guideline set by the ICC re: ticket prices around the world. I would suggest that a day's play should be available to the local population at a cost that takes into account the average daily income for that country/ state/area. A day's pay to pay to watch a day's cricket, perhaps? I can see some justice & sense in that. It's vital that the ordinary man & his family are not excluded from watching cricket when the match is only a few minutes' walk from their home. Cricket does not gain new supporters by people unable to pay for a ticket listening to the roars & applause of the crowd from behind a high concrete wall! That sense of exclusion breeds resentment & entertainment will be found elsewhere - to cricket's loss. Travelling supporters, coming from a richer country to a poorer one, should expect to pay more. Perhaps x2 the local rate. At all events, cricket must think long-term in the best interests of the game, not the local board's finances!

  • on March 26, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Are these people crazy... as a fan of the game... this just makes me so sad... don't they understand that charging a months wages to see a test match just causes those people to look elsewhere for entertainment. Set your tickets for local fans not just to cash in on the travellers.

    Shame.

  • ARad on March 26, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    I am torn about having different ticket prices for non-locals. On one hand, IF the government supports something out of taxpayer money, it can charge more for those who do not pay regular taxes. This is the excuse used by British Universities, for example, to charge more for non-native students. OTOH, these tourists & students do contribute to the local economy (e.g., consuming goods and paying for accommodation) as well as can be 'ambassadors' so these should be balanced. SLC has definitely done two things wrong. One is not announcing this well in advance. Is there any OVERSIGHT within SLC or above it to find out who made this decision in the LAST MINUTE which created a NEGATIVE IMAGE OF THE COUNTRY from the pov of TOURISM? Second is the atrociously high prices for local fans. I hope SLC at least passes out free tickets to local SCHOOLCHILDREN as well as find ways to distribute free tickets to LOWER INCOME fans both for creating atmosphere as well as to not kill the GOLDEN GOOSE.

  • YorkshirePudding on March 26, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    I feel sorry for the normal SL fan as these prices will just drive away the locals even more. England has the highest test match ticket prices in the world, but to watch all 5 days of a test match at Lords it costs between £250-300, depending on the team, thats the equivalent of about 1 weeks wages for someone in the UK.

  • denwarlo70 on March 26, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    DISGRACEFUL, SHAMEFUL, ABSURD, PATHETIC,

  • on March 26, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    I am sorry. Cricket in Sri Lanka must be accessible to all category spectators. This price not affordable to a school boy who may some time waiting to watch the match for months and months. This is definitely going to reduce our ground supports. No more school students for the match. Well done SLC. Good luck England

  • on March 26, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan fan wanting to watch the match....but at this price I am having second thoughts!

  • Fauzer on March 26, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Disgraceful and Dumb. Make cricket accesible to common folk!! Fill up the stadiums with cheap tickets. What a waste to leave seats empty at an international fixture????

  • on March 26, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    The stupid SLC...Another episode of..."How can we ruin SL cricket?"

  • on March 26, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    Very poor from SLC, simultaneously ripping off the tourists while pricing the locals out of the game, a short term decision to raise cash that will cost them in the long run.

  • RohanMarkJay on March 26, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    @Harvey point taken, I think it was very poor form of SLC to notify of the price hike after England fans had landed in Sri Lanka. Some sections of the England support have good reason to be aggrieved. Because they wouldn't have planned their trip or budgeted for the SLC hike. It was also in my opinion not to notify England fans by SLC of the price hike months ago a bit shifty on SLC part, when they knew they were going to jack up the prices. Was it to get as many England fans to come to Sri Lanka because the package cost would be much cheaper before the price hike if as Harvey here says they are coming to watch all the days of the two test matches. For those fans yes they would pay a huge amount and that is not fair so I fully understand England fans anger in this instance who are going to watch all the days of the two test matches. My previous comment was made on the understanding that England fans were only coming for one or two days of cricket like they would if they were in London

  • Harvey on March 25, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    To those who argue that there is a case for SLC charging more to see the #1 team - yes there is. However when Australia were #1, prices still used to double when England came over compared with what was being charged for Australia matches, even though England was nothing like as good a side as Australia. Double the price we could live with. What we are looking at here though is TEN TIMES the price! Comparisons with prices in England are irrelevant. How many of those travelling supporters would have been able and willing to pay to watch two WHOLE Test matches in London? Not many, I can assure you. The cost of doing that in terms of tickets, travel and other expenses would be greater than the cost of flights, transport, budget accommodation and normal priced tickets for an entire tour to SL. That's precisely why so many of them are out there!

  • RohanMarkJay on March 25, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    I somewhat agree with Prasad Gunawardane, except for a few in the travelling supporters club. I am sure the majority who came to SL have the dosh to pay up for the tests. While ticket prices are much higher than in previous eras.Wether your in England, Australia or Sri Lanka. Amount asked by the SL cricket authorities isn't really high compared to prices in England or Australia these days. England supporters those who are complaining that is should remember this is not cricket in the 1980s or early 1990s. When going to the Cricket in Australia, England and Sri Lanka was so so cheap. Those days are over. I mean England supporters shouldn't be complaining as they would falk out a fortune to watch cricket in London these days. Melbourne and Sydney is not much different I hear too these days. Only problem was SL Cricket should have notified about the hike months ago rather than now. So England fans could have budget for it other than that no reason to complain. Beside SLC needs the money.

  • yorkslanka on March 25, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    another example of our cricket board ruining our cricket again..what will be the result of this, galle will be full of visiting fans and out local fans wont be able to afford to support our team...greed and stupidity rolled into one...

  • on March 25, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    i find myself cussing at tnca for tkt price of 700 for ipl which may be around 14$ to 16$ i l guess .... 38$ per day well slc had decided to kill test cricket i guess so... try selling tv rights for more money than increasing tkt price for matches the worst thing would be two good teams playin in front of empty arena......i d like to quote dhoni here he famously once said " we r like entertainers lik in circus we'll give our extra best and motivate ourselves if the arena is full .. empty arena makes bad viewing" slc plz do somethin else to boost revenue than this-indian fan

  • PrasadGunawardane on March 25, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    I don't think that this is an issue by any means for any member of Barmy Army to shout like this...They have been asked to pay maximum amount of 5000LKR which equals to 38USD... I would like to ask the question of; whether anybody can buy a Test Match ticket at the price of 38USD, when a match is played in England..I would say, Galle International Cricket Ground not only provides the entertainment of Cricket, but also it is more like a picnic spot with the surrounding of historical Dutch fortress, Indian Ocean, modern city and the Galle harbor. Hence watching a Test match under these condition for just 38USD per day is like a bonus for any visitor to this beautiful island. By and large, I have no complains about this pricing scale to this test match; particularly in a stage where SLC is seeking some financial improvement.

  • CricketPissek on March 25, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Tricky one here Andrew. Firstly, it would be hypocritical by English fans (and journos, commentators etc) to compare Test and WorldCup prices and then go on to say how Test cricket is the pinnacle of the sport and that ODIs are inferior. Secondly, it's no secret that SLC needs funds and this is a business decision that they have made based on supply/demand. Historically, SL like other Asian countries have not had packed houses for test cricket. The loyal few are upper middle class folks anyway. Those earning Rs. 20k per month wouldn't come to the grounds to watch test cricket even when tickets are Rs 1000. Instead, they would watch it on tv.

    Rs 5000 may be expensive compared to the Aussie tests, but also remember, the opposition is now the World's #1 ranked test team in England. So, SLC has a case to raise the prices somewhat. Let's also not forget the £75 upwards you have to pay per day to watch test cricket in London and how much cheaper this is for the English fans

  • Ekanayaka on March 25, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    To stigmatize legitimate overseas visitors as "foreigners" and make them pay more than locals for any public facility in the island is basically discriminatory, unfair, immoral and racist. It is the sort of thing that further compromises Sri Lanka's already tarnished international image and makes a shambles of our erstwhile reputation for being a civilised and hospitable people. Now it would seem that amidst the controversies of ripping off the foreign visitors selectively, they plan to plunder the locals as well in a cynical show of equity so that one way or the other the British spectators are forced to pay up. The cause of tourism will not be served by this kind of farce which makes Sri Lankans look like avaricious unprincipled incompetents ever ready to "sacrifice the goose that lays the golden egg" instead of taking the long view.

    Prof. ANI Ekanayaka

  • on March 25, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    As per normal, Sri Lankan politics is ruining Sri Lankan cricket.

  • on March 25, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Disgraceful, this is what you getting for building two unnecessary stadiums as political vanity projects, and running up $32 million of debt. As usual the ordinary fans suffer. What's the betting the ground will be at least half empty for most of this test and the next?

  • Harvey on March 25, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Shameful. Sri Lankan cricket has learned nothing from the experience of the 2007 World Cup, has it? Galle is one of the ever diminishing number of places on the subcontinent where locals turn out in numbers to watch Test cricket. What an appalling way to treat them. What a disgraceful way to treat loyal cricket fans who've travelled thousands of miles to watch Test cricket, too. Even if every England fan in Sri Lanka was to pay the rip-off ticket prices, it would still be a drop in the ocean compared with the debts the SLCB has managed to accumulate through its mad Hambantota project. It's easy to drive fans away, but once they've been driven away, it'll be much harder to bring them back. That applies both to travelling fans and locals. If common sense doesn't prevail, Expect the Fort to be much more full than the ground tomorrow, and the Colombo Test to be watched by just a handful of people on expensive organised tours.

  • PureTom on March 25, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Wow, 38$ will get you at least 2 days in a decent seat for a Newlands Test and SA is much more expensive than SL. I guess a few in the SLC didn't get to finish doing the interiors of their mansions and need more $$ to add the finishing touches.

  • AadeeSL on March 25, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Can't understand why such a fuss about ticket prices.is millions of barmy army crew coming to Galle???????it seems these guys thinking that all SLC cash deficit can be settled by the earnings of this match.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on March 25, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    What a rip off, so it will cost the equivalent of a months pay to watch a days cricket. That is criminal it costs around the equivalent of a days pay in England to go to a test. Hardly encourages the next generation to fall in love with the sport does it

  • MilindaGeorge on March 25, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    OMG SLC, 3 people can live for a month by the price of a ticket for a day (i.e. Rs.7500) of the SL Vs Eng test match (according to SL Gov sources)

    Not very often SL fans get to watch a good encounter like this. SLC should encourage people to come to the grounds and cheer up the home team. With the kind of tourists around here these days and considering the cost of living of this part of the world, I'm expecting a more fan support for England than hosts. This is totally disappointing.

  • Kays789 on March 25, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    this is what you get when the game is run by unqualified political appointees in the country. 'cashing in' even when there isn't an opportunity is all they know. no matter how much money is raised by these exorbitantly priced tickets it would do no good, 'cause that money will never see the light of day outside of the SLC hierarchy's pockets. i do hope this gets published 'cause its the truth and someone needs to say it.

  • A_HTIMAN on March 25, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Hats off to SLC. what a brilliant idea. Then all spectators can watch the match from the Dutch Fort. I mean you always watch matches from the stands. For a change watching from a Fort is a great thing.... :P

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  • A_HTIMAN on March 25, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Hats off to SLC. what a brilliant idea. Then all spectators can watch the match from the Dutch Fort. I mean you always watch matches from the stands. For a change watching from a Fort is a great thing.... :P

  • Kays789 on March 25, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    this is what you get when the game is run by unqualified political appointees in the country. 'cashing in' even when there isn't an opportunity is all they know. no matter how much money is raised by these exorbitantly priced tickets it would do no good, 'cause that money will never see the light of day outside of the SLC hierarchy's pockets. i do hope this gets published 'cause its the truth and someone needs to say it.

  • MilindaGeorge on March 25, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    OMG SLC, 3 people can live for a month by the price of a ticket for a day (i.e. Rs.7500) of the SL Vs Eng test match (according to SL Gov sources)

    Not very often SL fans get to watch a good encounter like this. SLC should encourage people to come to the grounds and cheer up the home team. With the kind of tourists around here these days and considering the cost of living of this part of the world, I'm expecting a more fan support for England than hosts. This is totally disappointing.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on March 25, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    What a rip off, so it will cost the equivalent of a months pay to watch a days cricket. That is criminal it costs around the equivalent of a days pay in England to go to a test. Hardly encourages the next generation to fall in love with the sport does it

  • AadeeSL on March 25, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Can't understand why such a fuss about ticket prices.is millions of barmy army crew coming to Galle???????it seems these guys thinking that all SLC cash deficit can be settled by the earnings of this match.

  • PureTom on March 25, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Wow, 38$ will get you at least 2 days in a decent seat for a Newlands Test and SA is much more expensive than SL. I guess a few in the SLC didn't get to finish doing the interiors of their mansions and need more $$ to add the finishing touches.

  • Harvey on March 25, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Shameful. Sri Lankan cricket has learned nothing from the experience of the 2007 World Cup, has it? Galle is one of the ever diminishing number of places on the subcontinent where locals turn out in numbers to watch Test cricket. What an appalling way to treat them. What a disgraceful way to treat loyal cricket fans who've travelled thousands of miles to watch Test cricket, too. Even if every England fan in Sri Lanka was to pay the rip-off ticket prices, it would still be a drop in the ocean compared with the debts the SLCB has managed to accumulate through its mad Hambantota project. It's easy to drive fans away, but once they've been driven away, it'll be much harder to bring them back. That applies both to travelling fans and locals. If common sense doesn't prevail, Expect the Fort to be much more full than the ground tomorrow, and the Colombo Test to be watched by just a handful of people on expensive organised tours.

  • on March 25, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Disgraceful, this is what you getting for building two unnecessary stadiums as political vanity projects, and running up $32 million of debt. As usual the ordinary fans suffer. What's the betting the ground will be at least half empty for most of this test and the next?

  • on March 25, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    As per normal, Sri Lankan politics is ruining Sri Lankan cricket.

  • Ekanayaka on March 25, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    To stigmatize legitimate overseas visitors as "foreigners" and make them pay more than locals for any public facility in the island is basically discriminatory, unfair, immoral and racist. It is the sort of thing that further compromises Sri Lanka's already tarnished international image and makes a shambles of our erstwhile reputation for being a civilised and hospitable people. Now it would seem that amidst the controversies of ripping off the foreign visitors selectively, they plan to plunder the locals as well in a cynical show of equity so that one way or the other the British spectators are forced to pay up. The cause of tourism will not be served by this kind of farce which makes Sri Lankans look like avaricious unprincipled incompetents ever ready to "sacrifice the goose that lays the golden egg" instead of taking the long view.

    Prof. ANI Ekanayaka