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Pakistan fans face tickets shortage after theft in PCB office

Karachi: Pakistani cricket fans are finding it difficult to get hold of tickets for the three match One-day International series against Zimbabwe which begins from Tuesday at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.

After the two sell out T20 matches at the weekend, fans have been complaining about shortage of tickets for the one-day matches although the Pakistan Cricket Board had
announced that the tickets are available at outlets of a well-known bakery franchise. ¿We are trying to find out whether there is a shortage of tickets and why, a board official said.

Just last week the PCB had filed a FIR against an office employee after around 600 tickets of 1500 rupees each denomination were stolen from the board offices. Pakistani fans have responded enthusiastically to the first international series in Pakistan in six-years time. Television channels have shown cricket fans complaining about not getting tickets at the prescribed outlets.

The three ODIs that are due to be held at the Gaddafi stadium this week are significant for Pakistan since they have to win all three matches to retain their ranking points in the ICC table. The team rankings have become important after the ICC announced that the top eight teams on 31st September 2015 will qualify for the Champions Trophy to be held in 2017.

Chief selector, Haroon Rasheed admitted that the Zimbabwe series and Pakistan¿s tour to Sri Lanka in June-July when they play five ODIs are important for the team. ¿There appears to be no second chance for us but at same time we are also trying to give chances to all those players who have done well in domestic cricket and about whom critics say they have not been treated fairly,¿ Rasheed a former Test batsman said.

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