ICC reviews World Cup ticket sales

Hong Kong: The ICC has launched a probe into the allegations that tickets were black-marketed during the 2011 World Cup, co hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The governing body of the game received a confidential report, highlighting shortcomings in ticketing, during its Annual Conference meetings.

After its Executive Board meeting, the ICC received a detailed report pointing the anomalies in handling the ticket sales in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, besides some shortcomings in the construction of stadia.

"Although the event was universally acclaimed as a success and one of the best cricket events in history, the report highlighted certain shortcomings around ticketing and stadia construction," the ICC said in a statement.

"The directors noted the appointment of forensic auditors to review ticketing during the ICC Cricket World Cup, including allegations of black marketeering," the statement added.

The World Cup ticket issue caused a major embarrassment to the ICC and the BCCI as there were no tickets available though stadiums were going empty in some cities.

The issue snowballed into a major crisis when fans were lathi charged by policemen as they sought tickets for the Bangalore fixture of the India v England match on February 26 after queuing up overnight.


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