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Cash crunch: Punjab association plans to slash ticket prices

Demonetisation is taking its toll on the Punjab Cricket Association as it gets ready to host the third India-England Test from November 26.

cricket Updated: Nov 17, 2016 23:21 IST
Ashutosh Sharma
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Punjab is planning to cut down prices so that fans don’t have to shell out more the bare minimum to buy tickets.(Getty Images)

Demonetisation is taking its toll on the Punjab Cricket Association as it gets ready to host the third India-England Test from November 26. In the second Test, Visakhapatnam made entries free on Day 1 and Punjab is planning to cut down prices so that fans don’t have to shell out more the bare minimum to buy tickets.

“We are still planning and thinking of ways to get around the cash crunch. One way out, which is still in the planning stage, is to reduce ticket prices so that fans and cricket enthusiasts don’t need bigger denomination currency to purchase them. We will take a call in the next few days,” PCA secretary, GS Walia, said.

The association hasn’t faced any major problem over the buildup to the Test, but Walia hoped the situation will ease before the Test, starting on November 26.

“We will need cash, especially for manpower three days before the match. We are hopeful by then things will ease out. If not, we will have to come up with some plan. We are (already) facing problems with our teams (senior and junior) travelling for domestic matches. Finding enough cash for the state teams which are travelling for matches across the country is the biggest headache now,” he said.

‘Struggling to pay TA, DA’

While the Ranji team will travel to Nagpur to play Tamil Nadu from November 21, Punjab’s junior teams (U-19, U-23) along with the women’s team are also in the middle of the season.

“We are struggling to give proper TA (travelling allowance), DA (dearness allowance) and food money to the teams. Our women’s team slated to play in the U-19 zonal league in Rohtak also faced hassles. The electronic and cashless cards are still not available everywhere and one still needs to carry substantial sums of cash. We have given some cash, but other than that we have told teams to spend from their own pocket and get reimbursements later.”