Touts mixing cricket with hockey ahead of big day

Jun 18, 2017, 12:08 IST | Anand Vasu

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Want tickets for the India-Pakistan match in London? The official website sells them for £25 (adults) and £5 (children) but there are people who can't make it to the venue for one reason or another and are selling them at a discount on other websites.

The only issue, however, is that these tickets will only get you into the India vs Pakistan Hockey World League (HWL) match that starts at 2 p.m. at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in East London.

About 11 miles away, the story is a starkly different one at the Kennington Oval, venue of the Champions Trophy cricket final. Both the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are swamped with requests for tickets or passes, most of which have either been sold long ago or allocated to those who got ahead of the queue.

Outside the Oval, where India trained on a warm Saturday morning, touts were offering £50 tickets for nothing less than £600.

Considering that India-Pakistan tickets in Birmingham exchanged hands for as much £1300 on match morning, it is fair to say there are going to be a few people cashing in big time today.

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