KARACHI – Stadium was empty in the 1st ODI between Pakistan & New Zealand in Karachi despite the rates of the tickets were very cheap & free passes were issued to students to watch the match.
The green Team’s recent performance in the Test series against New Zealand & Australia is also one of the reasons that fans have been disheartened & due to which lesser amount of fans reached the stadium.
At the beginning of the match, the number of spectators was not more than 3000, but as the evening progressed, the number increased to around 10,000. Free passes were issued by PCB to students of educational institutions around the stadium, special children & individuals also got passes.
The Cricket Fans who went to the stadium in the evening had brought warm clothes with them. Strict security arrangements were made as usual on the occasion of the match. The spectators complained about the lack of facilities on the way to the stadium.
The spectators also turned on the flashlights of their mobile phones to support the team while a few were saying the rates of the tickets are still high.
Meanwhile, Governor Sindh “Kamran Tessori” also came to watch the match.
Pakistan defeat New Zealand by 6 wickets in the 1st ODI of the 3-match series. Pakistan is leading the series by 1-0. 2nd & 3rd matches will be played on Jan 11 and 13.