Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said he wished all tickets for seats in an enclosure named after him at the Gaddafi Stadium would be free for fans hoping to experience the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final.
The Gaddafi Stadium, where the highly-awaited showdown between Peshawar Zalmi and the Quetta Gladiators will be held Sunday, is divided into sections named after prolific former Pakistan cricket team players.
“It is quite unfair to have tickets priced at Rs12,000 with cricket being played in Pakistan after such a long time,” he was quoted as saying. “This is injustice with cricket fans.”
Khan further alleged that the PSL tournament had been turned into an event for the “elite”.
Khan’s desire that PSL tickets be made free appears to contradict his earlier staunch opposition to the final being held in Pakistan.
He said Thursday that holding a cricket match in a curfew-like environment would have an adverse impact on the country’s image. If any adverse incident occurs on the day of the final, it would prove to be the end of international cricket in Pakistan, he had said.
“Under such monumental security arrangements, matches can even be held in Iraq and Syria,” he had earlier remarked.