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Fans demand refund after scandal

cricket Updated: Sep 02, 2010 00:37 IST

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Miffed by spot-fixing allegations published in The News of the World tabloid angry Pakistani cricket lovers are reportedly demanding a refund on their tickets for upcoming matches.

The reaction of fans is said to be particularly strong in Yorkshire, home to a large population of Pakistani-origin people and a county that is set to host one of the coming ODI matches. But Yorkshire Cricket Club Chief Executive Stewart Regan said there would be no refunds as the tickets had been sold in "good faith."

"The phones in the club office haven’t stopped ringing from people wanting to vent their fury and ask whether they can get refunds on the one-day international," Regan told the Yorkshire Post. "We can’t give refunds simply because people have got a personal opinion about what’s going on, no matter how much we might agree with them.” Such outburst, however, was not limited to Yorkshire. Even elsewhere there were been protests.

According to The Guardian, “Other grounds staging games in the five-match series have also been affected by the scandal. It could also undermine ticket sales for the two Twenty20 Internationals in Cardiff. Neither of those games at 16,000-capacity Swalec Stadium are anywhere near to a sellout, with only 6,000 tickets sold for the second match on September 7.

It seemed highly unlikely that there would be a last surge of interest in the fixture.”

Officials at Surrey and Glamorgan confirmed that they had also taken smaller numbers of calls from ticket holders who were angry after news of the scandal.

“The Oval will stage the third match next Friday and is close to a 23,500 sellout, but tickets are available for the last two games,” it said.