|Lord's...pricing out Joe Public?|
Now there are those who will say that compared to football this isn't bad value. That game sold its soul many years ago I'm afraid, and the bubble will one day burst when Abramovich and Co get bored. For a bloke going to cricket with a group of his mates, not that this can happen these days with the bloody ballot, so let's make that mate singular, having downed the disco piss lager at £4 a pint now you can't take your booze in these days, bought an overpriced lunch, commuted in from the Home Counties you are looking at £250 for a day out. No wonder no one can afford to go for a lap dance apres play. All this in the middle of a double dip recession. The boys who priced the tickets at Lord's are no doubt in touch as much with the people of Britain, as the other Old Etonians running the country.
By the way, I did try and research this information on Twitter being the conscientious chap that I am, but please, please don't try and search Lord's on Twitter. It is like an online Jehovah's Witness!
I don't want to hark on about 'back in the day', but it was only 1993 when I paid £10 for a seat to watch a far better Australian side than the boys who will be on a Qantas flight come June, along with six of us from our cricket club. Ok, it was a limited view but it was underneath the dressing room at The Oval, to the right as you look from the pitch at the old pavilion and all you couldn't see was fine leg below us. However, seeing as Merv was fielding down there for most of the day we regularly leant over the barrier to yell "SUMO". We took in our own booze - forty cans of lager and between three of us we proceeded to down a mere thirty six tinnies over the day. We all had a fantastic day out.
Cricket is becoming money obsessed. Already we have a generation who aren't aware of the current England team. In my son's Under 11 team, although they love playing, only the ones whose parents are privileged enough to afford Sky Sports know the team inside out. Sadly, not many of the others do. When I was 11, I knew every player thanks to the coverage on the BBC, along with players who played for counties thanks to their showing of Gillette or Benson and Hedges Cup games. Oh to hear the dulcet tones of Richie Benaud!
On the flip side the ECB will say how much money is coming into the game from Sky. Only time will tell, but in twenty years when we have lost a generation to the game, will it be too late?
|A wonderful sight|
Cricket needs to get back on terrestrial tv and pronto. T20 is the cash cow of the counties, but why can't that be shown on the BBC, ITV or Channel 4? Get the kids back involved. How good was the 2005 Ashes? The best series possibly in the history of the game, and it was shown on every television in the land. The people of the UK fell in love with the game and cricket became the summer sport again. Even before that series a load of us piled down to Lord's to watch England take on Bangladesh. I can't remember prices off the top of my head but considering the oppo, it wasn't expensive.
Lord's will sell out, so the administrators will no doubt justify their position to their paymasters, but seriously cricket please don't take the piss!