Vaughan slams 'scandalous' ticket prices for England-NZ test at Lord's

31/5/2022 5:45:00 PM

Vaughan slams 'scandalous' ticket prices for England-NZ test at Lord's

Vaughan slams 'scandalous' ticket prices for England-NZ test at Lord's

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has slammed Lord's for the 'astronomical prices' charged for tickets to the first test against New Zealand, saying fans were being priced out amid a cost-of-living crisis.The first test of the English summer at the 'Home of Cricket' begins on Thursday but hundreds of

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has slammed Lord's for the"astronomical prices" charged for tickets to the first test against New Zealand, saying fans were being priced out amid a cost-of-living crisis.The first test of the English summer at the 'Home of Cricket' begins on Thursday but hundreds of tickets are still up for grabs for the first day.

Tickets for adults are priced from 50 pounds ($63) up to 160 pounds ($201) and Vaughan said it was 'scandalous' that Lord's could get away with charging the same price as a season ticket for England's domestic competition, the Hundred.

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The first test of the English summer at the 'Home of Cricket' begins on Thursday but hundreds of tickets are still up for grabs for the first day. Tickets for adults are priced from 50 pounds ($63) up to 160 pounds ($201) and Vaughan said it was 'scandalous' that Lord's could get away with charging the same price as a season ticket for England's domestic competition, the Hundred. Fast bowler Boult, meanwhile, is expected to arrive in London only on Monday after playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final in Ahmedabad a day earlier. "It drives me bonkers when I read about ticket prices and Lord's has not sold out the first test of the summer," Vaughan, who captained England in 51 tests, told the Telegraph news site. Stead said McCullum, along with former Black Caps head coach Mike Hesson, had been the catalyst for change in New Zealand cricket and would waste little time making his mark in his new role. "If Lord's is going to continue to charge these astronomical prices then they should be under threat from other grounds who will not charge as much. Skipper Williamson, who left the IPL early to return home for the birth of his second child, has joined up with the squad. "You can't keep saying, 'we are Lord's, we need two test matches a year' and then charge over 150 pounds in the holidays, during the (Queen's Platinum) Jubilee and during a cost-of-living crisis. Britain's Johnson was hugely disappointed by how Liverpool fans were treated at the Champions League final in Paris, his spokesman said.

" Vaughan blamed the administrators for not being"streetwise enough" and said it was time to give back to the fans, especially as they look to return to normal life after the COVID-19 pandemic. The first test begins on Thursday against an England side that is now being coached by former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum. "He’ll be really clear on what he wants and how he wants them to play the game. "We are the one country that generally sells out test cricket," he added."One of the reasons we are successful at selling test cricket is because people want to watch it. "So, don't out-price them.. Just read the room. and we're hugely disappointed by how they were treated," the spokesman said.

" Lord's owners, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), said they recognised that the most expensive tickets were available at a"premium price" but believe it"represents good value". "With the Queen's Platinum Jubilee double bank holiday weekend also taking place, we have seen a reduction in our usual expected attendance numbers," the MCC told Reuters. Winners of the World Test Championship last year, New Zealand's title defence is on shaky ground after tying home series against South Africa and Bangladesh. "However, sales remain strong for the opening two days of the match and across our other international fixtures this year, with our India ODI being sold out." England have managed only one win in 17 tests and will begin a new era under newly-appointed skipper Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum. ($1=0. "We certainly don't look at it that way. Earlier, Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera acknowledged that France nevertheless had to examine stepping up security at high-risk matches, after crowd chaos also erupted on Sunday after St Etienne were relegated from France's Ligue 1.

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