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Did demonetisation affect fans in Mohali Test?

first_imgIndia crushed England in an all-round display of skills, patience and some memorable performances but few were there to witness one of the great Test matches in Mohali. (SCORECARD)The most glaring fact was that the Barmy Army, which travels around the world with the England team to support and cheer their players, were not in their full strength.Large parts of the stands, where tickets were reasonably priced at Rs 200, were sparsely occupied. Forget the Barmy Army, where were India’s supporters? (Mohali Test: Parthiv’s frenetic fifty delivers huge win for India)Was demonetisation to blame for the lack of attendance?One English supporter attributed a significantly smaller support base to Brexit. “The value of the pound has gone down and it has made travelling overseas difficult for a lot of us.” (Virat Kohli lauds lower order contributions after Mohali win)Besides Indian fans, who came to the ground on Sunday to watch Virat Kohli and Co. bat, were left disappointed when they were told that the cheaper tickets had been sold out and the only ones available were priced Rs 500 and higher. (Parthiv’s performance will put Saha under pressure: Ganguly to India Today)Tickets were available online but not many had planned their schedule.A disgruntled man who had travelled from Chandigargh with a family of three said. “Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t have thought twice about spending Rs 1500 on tickets but I just have Rs 2000 in cash now. I would have settled for three tickets at Rs 200 each.”advertisementSpectators also faced other problems. Food and drinks inside the ground could only be bought through cash. A chicken burger cost Rs 100, a pizza was priced at Rs 100, a soft drink Rs 70 and a cup of tea Rs 30.An entire day at the ground could be really “expensive” given the cash crunch. Therefore, some even chose to leave the stadium after a session or two.”What do I do if am hungry? Even a cup of tea would mean parting with Rs 30 and it’s difficult to part with any amount of cash at a time like this,” said a young man, who had bought expensive tickets to the North Stand online.According to reports, Punjab Cricket Association reported a dip in ticket sales but a consolidated figure could only be arrived at well after the match.Also, it is important to remember that Test match attendance in India has never been very high recently given the fans’ lack of interest in the traditional format of the game.last_img read more