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February 22, 2006, 11:10 PM
The Daily star article:
Some scenario changed, some not
Hasibur Rahman from Bogra

"A 100 Taka ticket for only 50, 50-Tk ticket for 15, you won't get anything cheaper than this," a black marketeer was shouting yesterday to invite cricket fans shortly after the start of the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka second one-day international at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium.

However, just before the start of the game, tickets were being sold double the original price.

It was a total contrast to the scene of the first match on Monday when thousands of people with valid tickets were chased out of the stadium by the law enforcing agencies because the venue was jam-packed.

Mukit, a ticket tout who sold 25 tickets on Monday for Tk 200 each at double price, managed to convince only six customers yesterday even after reducing the price.

Rubel travelled from Gaibandha to watch the match, prepared to spend Tk 200 for a 50-Tk ticket but he was very, very fortunate, as he got one for only Tk 15.

Local spectators, however, remain frustrated after failing to get inside the venue during the first match despite having tickets.

The disarray by the organisers that bothered fans and journalists in the first match continued with the latter suffering for lack of facilities. The telephone and fax charges were sky high, the televisions in the media box could be switched on eight overs into the match while there was no sound system for the scorer's announcements.

Meanwhile, the District Sports Association finally woke up following media reports that the family of Shaheed Chandu, after whom the stadium is named, did not receive any complimentary tickets. The DSA officials made amends of the mistake by handing over four tickets to the family of Chandu for the second match.