The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) promised that Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 finals will be played in Pakistan and it has delivered on its promise.
This year’s playoffs will be played in Lahore on 20th and 21st whereas the final will be organized in Karachi on the 25th of March.
Although this decision has brought smiles to the face of every Pakistani, it does come with strings attached – high ticket pricing.
Change In Ticket Pricing
PSL finals ticket pricing was announced one week ago. The ticket prices were already slightly higher than anticipated, however, now the prices of National Stadium’s two enclosures have seen an outrageous increase.
Previously, the official partners of PCB announced the ticket pricing which are as follows:
Initially, there were 5 enclosures dedicated for Rs. 1,000 tickets and 3 to VIPs, which cost Rs. 12,000.
However, prices of two enclosures — Iqbal Qasim and Nasimul Ghani — have been increased from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 12,000.
In other words, two enclosures for the general spectators have been shifted to facilitate the VIPs or increase profits.
Here is the latest price listing on PCB’s official website:
Although this change has gone under the radar, some people are speculating the reasons behind PCB’s decision.
- Total capacity of both enclosures
- 6,701 seats
- If enclosure was allocated to general population, PCB would have made
- 6,701 seats x Rs. 1,000 — Rs. 6.1 million
- However, enclosures are now allocated to facilitate VIPs
- 6,701 seats x Rs. 12,000 — Rs. 73.4 million
Thanks to this decision, PCB will be making a profit of Rs. 67.3 million as compared to before.
From a neutral’s perspective, Pakistani population has financial reservations and for PCB to allocate just 3 enclosures for the cheapest tickets is unfair especially considering VIPs will have 5 enclosures.
Furthermore, there will be 4 enclosures for Rs. 8,000 and 3 for Rs. 4,000.