Sri Lanka rejects ticket ‘rip off’ claim
PARIS, Aug 26, (AFP): Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan bowled the most economical spell in Twenty20 history on Saturday, only conceding a run from his final ball.
The giant 7ft 1in (2.16m) left-armer, playing for Barbados Tridents against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League, also took the wickets of the usually big-hitting West Indies internationals Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis.
But Irfan ended up on the losing side anyway, as after he had bowled his maximum four overs, the Patriots chased down their target of 148 with seven balls to spare to win by six wickets.
“I’m really happy. I would’ve been happier if the team won, but I am happy that I bowled one of the best spells in T20 cricket,” said Irfan after the match.
“I liked bowling on the lively wicket, and I get extra bounce because of my height, so yes, a satisfying performance.”
The 36-year-old, who hasn’t played internationally for two years, dismissed star man Gayle with the first delivery of the innings.
Irfan ended with figures of four overs, three maidens, with two wickets for one run.
Sri Lanka cricket authorities Sunday rejected claims of discrimination against England fans in the pricing of tickets for an upcoming tour, saying both foreign and local supporters would be charged the same.
England will play five one-day internationals, a one-off Twenty20 match and three Tests between Oct 10 and Nov 27 at four venues – Colombo, Dambulla, Galle and Pallekele.
British media reports have alleged a “rip off”, with England fans charged 50 pounds (10,250 rupees) while locals paid only 1.50 pounds (307 rupees).
Sri Lanka Cricket administrative chief Aruna de Silva said the English media had compared the price of tickets in the most expensive enclosure to those in the cheapest open stands.
“Whether it is an English fan or a local they pay the same rate. There is no discrimination whatsoever. If England fans want to, they are welcome to buy the cheapest tickets,” de Silva told AFP.
He said grandstand tickets were available through a hospitality company which had bought the rights for Test matches.
The company was bundling food and drinks with tickets to the air-conditioned enclosure and charging a premium on the standard rates.