Michael Vaughan disputes the expensive cost of Lord's tickets, calling the empty seats "embarrassing."
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has described thousands of unsold tickets at Lord's for this summer's opening match between England and New Zealand as "embarrassing for the game," adding that the 'Home of Cricket' would be full to the rafters if the tickets were not exorbitantly priced.
Despite the fact that Ben Stokes begins his new reign as England captain and the match being classified as the "Queen's Platinum Jubilee Test," England's inaugural Test against the Kane Williamson-led Black Caps, the World Test champions, on June 2 could witness thousands of empty seats.
According to a story in The Daily Telegraph, 20,000 seats went unsold in the first four days, with the Barmy Army claiming that the unacceptably high price of tickets between 100 and 160 pounds "amid the cost of living crisis" was to blame for the slow sales.
As of Monday evening, Lord's was still advertising 1800 tickets as available on day one, 2500 tickets on day two, 4600 tickets on day three, and 9600 tickets on day four, according to the article. A Lord's Test to begin the English summer is usually the most popular ticket in town.
"Lords not being full this week is embarrassing for the game," Vaughan tweeted on Tuesday. If they want to blame the Jubilee, they can, but I guarantee that if tickets weren't 100-160 pounds, they'd be sold out!!! What's the deal with them being so expensive???
Under new captain Ben Stokes, veteran fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were recalled to the England Test squad for the three-match series against New Zealand. Yorkshire batter Harry Brook and Durham seam bowler Matthew Potts were both picked up for the first time in the first team under Stokes and McCullum. Joe Root was chosen after relinquishing his Test leadership following the West Indies series defeat.