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Demonetisation has not just affected the lives of Indian residents, but it has also hit hard the tourists vacationing the country or here for some work. The India England Test series is on at the moment and a considerable number of Englishmen and other foreigners are in the country to cover the series. The commentators, journalists, fans, technicians, production crew members etc from England and other countries are also facing the problems created by the sudden announcement of demonetisation of INR 500 and 1,000 notes by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Among those who are affected, the prominent names include Sir Ian Botham and Nasser Hussain. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Visakhapatnam

“Yes at Rajkot the long, long queues in front of banks was a regular feature. At first, we weren’t able to fathom why this was so but the queues were there even when we were going back to the hotel at the end of the day’s play”, Sir Ian Botham told noted cricket writer Boria Majumdar on the sidelines of the second Test at Visakhapatnam which started on Thursday.

The legendary cricketer further added, “The moment we landed in Vizag for the second Test match, members of the crew started checking if they could get some cash exchanged. ATMs aren’t working everywhere and there was some concern. In fact, the moment we reached the hotel, some of the crew went to a nearby ATM which was just replenished with cash is what I am told.

His co-commentator and former England captain Husain also had an interesting thing to say. “Yes I was a bit concerned because I had a flight via Mumbai and I had used up all my cash to clear off hotel bills in Rajkot. And I wasn’t sure if there would be cash available at the airport”. At this point, Sir Ian intercepted the conversation between Nasser and Majumdar, saying, “So your bills aren’t much right, to which Nasser quipped almost instantly, “Not like yours!”.

At Rajkot, the phenomenon of demonetisation had impacted crowd attendance and to overcome the problem, the Andhra Cricket Association promoted ticket sales online as well as made entry free at the ground. The residents of Visakhapatnam responded brilliantly by turning up at the venue in huge numbers. India are batting first in this crucial Test of the five-match series.