Lord’s faces a £2m ticketing refund bill after the first day of England’s second Test against India was a washout.

Despite England’s famously drizzly summers, Thursday was the first complete washout at Lord’s since 2001.

No play at all during the day means the MCC, the owners of the 30,000-capacity stadium, will have to return purchase prices to all spectators. Tickets ranged from £110 to £20.

The refund should be covered by rain insurance, while fans hopeful of play continued to spend at bars and food kiosks, meaning the financial hit will be relatively small.

In a statement, Lord’s officials said: “Due to adverse weather causing the abandonment of play on Day One of England vs India at Lord’s, ticket holders are entitled to a 100 per cent refund.

“Tickets purchased in advance for today’s play will automatically be refunded to the original ticket purchaser. Full details of the refund scheme are on the reverse of your ticket.”

Tickets for today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday are all sold out.

Officials will be pleased to note that the forecast for London is better for the remainder of the Test, although there may be some showers on Friday afternoon.

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