Birmingham: Tickets for Saturday's India-Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy are being sold at six-times their face value. This is normal before a game of such stature. With rains threatening the clash between the arch-rivals, a few have even driven down from Derby to sell off their tickets and make a quick buck. But there are few things in the world that you can't exchange for money. A cricket match between India and Pakistan is one of them.
The European recession has had a big impact on Asians here. In his late thirties, Kamu, his real name is Kamaldeep Singh, has been driving a taxi in Birmingham for the last 12 years. He belongs to Kapurthala and loves cricket and hockey. But can't afford to buy a ticket, take a day off and go to Edgbaston to see India's cricket stars.
"It's impossible to do something like this. It's difficult days now. Jobs are scarce and you must drive a taxi for at least nine hours a day. Even if I got the time, I can't buy a ticket for 200 Pounds (about INR 17,000). It's next to impossible spending that kind of money when you have a family to feed," says Kamu.