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Most Indians give matches a skip

Not all the Indians who have purchased tickets are turning up for the matches.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 15:05 IST

Not all the Indians who purchased tickets to watch Indo-Pak cricket are turning up for the matches.

An official of the agency responsible for the sale of tickets for the series on the internet said that for the Karachi Test match some 1000 tickets had been sold to people in India but only around 250 had shown up at the ground.

"About the rest we don't know when they will come. But we know for a fact that most Indian visitors prefer to use their time to visit relatives, friends and other places of interest," the official was quoted as saying by The News on Tuesday.

He added that compared to 2004, for the present series, the turnout of Indian cricket fans had been much less.

"Two years ago we had good Indian crowds at the stadiums and most of them who purchased tickets online showed up to collect their tickets on time," he said.

Stating that some 2,000 tickets had been sold online to the Indians for the five one-dayers, the official expressed doubts whether all of these would come up for the matches.

"We've sold tickets to around 2,000 Indians on the internet for the five one-dayers but how many come actually to watch the matches is something we can't say for sure," he added.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 15:05 IST