Ticket fiasco: ICC condemns violence in Bangalore

Zeecric Bureau

Bangalore: International Cricket Council chief Haroon Lorgat on Saturday condemned the violent clashes between fans and baton-wielding police over the shortage of public tickets for the India`s showdown with England.

"Those are scenes that we would not like to see. None of us would like to see that," International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat told a press conference at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Cricket Association (KCA) secretary Javagal Srinath apologized for the ticket fiasco in Bangalore.

Talking to the reporters he said that he is extremely sorry for the behaviour of the Bangalore police who lathicharged innocent cricket fans.

Violence had erupted in Bangalore on Thursday after fans were told all 7000 tickets allocated for public sale for the 50,000-seat stadium sold out, sparking accusations by the ICC that its own president was guilty of mismanagement in the ticket distribution process.

Lorgat said that the rush for tickets was an indication that the 50-over format of the game was still alive and very popular but rued the fact that too few tickets were made available for public sale.

"What is unfortunate is that too few go to the public as a general sale," he said.

"No matter what sort of capacity we provide the truths is that we won`t have enough seats for the demand that we have on our hands."