No irregularities in World Cup ticket sales: Srinath
Bangalore: Refuting charges of irregularities in the sale of cricket World Cup tickets, Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) secretary Javagal Srinath on Thursday said that it is not possible to please everyone and that unhappy people say all kinds of things.
“There is a limit to what we can do. Beyond that we cannot do anything…unhappy people will say all kinds of things,” Srinath said in a press conference.
Srinath’s statement came amidst reports of police beating up angry fans, who had camped outside Bangalore`s M Chinnaswamy Stadium to buy tickets for Sunday`s World Cup showdown between India and England.
According to some media reports, the fans were livid as just 1000 tickets were sold out of a total of 45,000 tickets, which is the estimated capacity of the Bangalore stadium. There was a rush for tickets owing to the sale of the limited number of tickets.
Denying these charges, Srinath said that 7000 tickets had been sold during the day.
The former Indian fast bowler also said that considering the huge demand for the ticket, the association will also try to get more tickets from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
When asked about the security arrangements for the match, Srinath said that adequate measures had been taken.
“We have taken all necessary precautions. Well will put up a list of dos and donts for everyone soon,” he said.
The India-England clash, which was originally scheduled to take place in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens stadium was moved to Bangalore after Eden failed to get ready in time for the inspection.