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I was completely stumped, says Contractor

Mumbai: Former India skipper Nari Contractor, who had to return home after being stopped at the gate of the D Y Patil Stadium on Sunday last for not carrying a valid ticket for the IPL final, said that he was flummoxed and wondered how this was allowed to happen by the ticket issuing authorities.

"I was completely stumped when I was asked for a badge to accompany the ticket. I did not have the badge, as it was not given to me along with the ticket. I just turned around and went back," Contractor said on Friday.

"I would not blame the gatekeeper. He was doing only his duty. The main issue is how the Mumbai Cricket Association issued these fake tickets (by IPL)," the former India Test opener said.

Contractor had traveled all the way from his residence in South Mumbai to Nerul in the satellite city of Navi Mumbai, a distance of around 35 kms, only to return home without witnessing the summit clash between eventual champions Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

The former India skipper had not seen any IPL match this season after the MCA boycotted all home matches of Mumbai Indians that were played at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium.

"The final was the first IPL match I would have seen this season as no passes were issued to me (or others) by MCA for the matches held at the CCI because of the dispute," Contractor said.

Around 200 tickets for the final were handed over by IPL authorities directly to MCA officials who, in turn, distributed them to their members and former cricketers and all were stopped at the gate.

It needed the intervention of MCA`s joint secretary Lalchand Rajput who spoke to IPL CEO Sundar Raman before the association`s guests were allowed into the stadium but by then Contractor had chosen to go back.

The MCA has decided it will raise the issue of humiliation inflicted on Contractor at the upcoming BCCI working committee meeting here on May 2.

"We have written a letter to BCCI that many of our guests were stopped at the gate of the D Y Patil Stadium though they had valid tickets for the final as the persons manning the entry points declared them as fake," MCA`s joint secretary Rajput informed yesterday.

"It needed my personal call to IPL CEO Sundar Raman before they were allowed in after a long wait, but Contractor had, by then, returned home," he said.

"The matter will be taken up at the Board`s Working Committee meeting (on May 2)," Rajput said.

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