As ticket sales for the Pakistan Super League final began on Wednesday, desperate fans rushed to local banks where tickets were being sold after e-tickets sold out within hours.

Cricket enthusiasts from all over Punjab had made their way to Lahore, hoping to find cheap tickets at bank branches designated to sell them. However, their efforts were to no avail, as one bank official told DawnNewsthat his branch had received only 10 tickets of Rs500 value.

“They asked us to stand in the line for Rs4,000 tickets after [the Rs500 tickets were sold out], but even those tickets were sold out shortly. Only tickets worth Rs8,000 and Rs12,000 tickets are available, which we cannot afford,” a cricket enthusiast waiting in line since 7am told DawnNews.Fans seemed to shrug off the fact that their favourite teams may not feature the high-profile international players they are most famous for in the league’s finale.

Earlier in the day, three English cricketers playing for Quetta Gladiators, the first team to reach the final, said they would not play in Pakistan .

Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills and Luke Wright, said they were excusing themselves from the PSL final on security concerns.