The Bangladesh Cricket Board and the team are very happy to host this tri-series featuring India and Sri Lanka, but following the tournament could burn a hole in middle-class pockets, considering the downturn the world is slowly starting to recover from.
Seven matches, including the final, in a span of 10 days would mean a minimum of 1400 taka (around Rs 950).
The doubling of the price of tickets from 100 taka (around Rs 68) per match for the series against Zimbabwe to 200 taka (around Rs 136) per match this time is likely to keep a section of cricket lovers out.
Rafiqul Hasan, who works at a departmental store here and claims to have watched most matches at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium till date, starting from the match against Zimbabwe in 2006, says he will not be able to make it this time. “I will probably be there for one of the India-Bangladesh matches. It’s going to be difficult especially after expenses during the New Year celebrations,” he said.
Price of tickets of all denominations have been increased, the highest priced ones increased from 2000 taka (around Rs 1360) to 2500 taka (around Rs 1695). “Even then, we will have a packed stadium for most matches,” a BCB official said.
View to kill
There is something strange about the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium. It was built just four years back but still has the best seats in the Grand Stand, which includes the member stands and the players’ dressing rooms, getting an across-the-wicket view. The media aren’t complaining for once, theirs with the best view of the ground.
Eye on the top
It’s a very long shot, but India could regain the No. 1 spot in the ODI rankings. To do so they must win every game in the tri-series and hope that Australia lose their five-ODI series against Pakistan 4-1 or worse. Even taking into account Sunday’s batting collapse in the Test, expecting the Pakistanis to thrash Australia might be asking for too much.