Duplicate ticket scam hits recent India-Australia ODI in Goa

Panaji: Goa Cricket Association (GCA) has summoned a Pune-based printer after duplicate tickets for the recently called off One Day International between India-Australia at Fatorda stadium began surfacing for the repayment.

Several tickets with the same serial numbers have prompted the cricket association to call for an enquiry into the matter.

GCA Secretary Prasad Fatarpekar told PTI that they will be able to comment on the issue only after hearing the printer, who was awarded contract of 25,000 tickets.

"It could be a printing error. This will be clarified only after enquiry," Fatarpekar said adding that they have sought an explanation from the printer.

India-Australia ODI on October 24 was called off following soggy field due to rains.

GCA had promised to repay the ticket amount as not a single ball could be balled.

Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at Fatorda was chock-a-block with 22,536 people arriving to watch the match.

GCA records show that of them 14,320 had passes and 9,180 on tickets.

Fatarpekar termed the ticket controversy incident as "disturbing". "He is going to be penalised if he has made a mistake. We have not paid him fully yet," he said.

In past, GCA President Dayanand Narvekar alongwith few other office bearers were charge-sheeted for duplicate ticket scam for the ODI between India and Australia held on April 6, 2001.


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