Sri Lankan cricket fans
Sri Lankan fans (File Photo)

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has summarily rejected the claims that it’s charging England fans exorbitantly in the pricing of tickets for an upcoming tour in October.

According to reports in British media, while local Sri Lanka cricket fans were being charged 1.50 pounds per ticket, England fans were being asked to pay 50 pounds for the same tickets, AFP reported on Sunday.

However, SLC administrative chief Aruna de Silva has clarified the situation saying a wrong comparison of ticket prices has led to the confusion. The British media, he claims, has compared the prices of the most expensive enclosure to that of the cheapest open stands.

“Whether it is an English fan or a local they pay the same rate. There is no discrimination whatsoever. If England fans want to, they are welcome to buy the cheapest tickets,” de Silva was quoted as saying by the AFP on Sunday.

England will tour Sri Lanka in October for five ODIs, one-off T20I and three Tests.

He further said that the grandstand tickets for the Test matches are being sold through a a hospitality company which is bundling food and drinks with tickets to the air-conditioned enclosure and charging a premium on the standard rates. The rates are being kept the same for the locals and the foreigners.

SLC also rejected the demands of England fans to reduce the prices of tickets saying they cannot do it as both set of fans are being charged equally.