Despite the massive social media buzz surrounding the IND vs. PAK Asia Cup 2023 clash, there’s an unexpected lack of enthusiasm in Kandy, Sri Lanka. With just 24 hours to go until the much-anticipated match, there are still plenty of tickets available, indicating a surprising lukewarm response from local fans.
In stark contrast to the global demand for tickets to India vs. Pakistan cricket matches, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has resorted to offering discounted combo packages to boost sales. IND vs. PAK Group A tickets were initially priced between $30 and LKR 96,607. However, due to the subdued demand, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has introduced combo packages that include tickets for both the IND vs. PAK and IND vs. NEP matches for LKR 2,560 or $7.95. Additionally, the ticket price for the India vs. Pakistan match has been reduced to $4.66 (LKR 1500).
Local fans have expressed their displeasure with the high ticket prices, particularly for the Grass Bank section, which they find expensive and lacking in facilities, making it a less attractive option, especially considering the unpredictable weather. Some fans suggest that more moderate ticket prices would have encouraged greater attendance, similar to the pricing strategy adopted in Pakistan.
However, it’s not all gloom, as the Level A Stadium tickets at Pallekele International Stadium, priced at $300, have already sold out. Despite this, the rest of the stadium may face the prospect of empty seats during the much-anticipated encounter.