World Cup final was not sold out

Mumbai: The cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka last April was not a sold out match as at least 405 tickets remained unsold, it has been reported.

According to a report, accessed by Cricinfo, 405 tickets remained unsold and these include 96 tickets in the Sunil Gavaskar stand (lower) at a cost of Rs 1,500 each.

The total value of the unsold tickets was Rs 73.4 lakhs, though it was claimed that it was a sold out match.

When contacted, an MCA official said, "May be because of security reasons, some tickets were kept, but I don`t know."

Ratnakar Shetty, the tournament director for the World Cup and MCA vice-president, also refused to anything on the matter.

"This is not something we need to discuss with the media and that the issue would be dealt with by the association`s managing committee, which is scheduled to meet on March 31," he said.

India had won the World Cup with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni finishing off the match with a six off paceman Nuwan Kulasekara.

The MCA`s report shows that a total of 31,118 tickets were up for sale, though only about 4000 of those were available to the general public because the association was contractually obligated to offer tickets to the ICC and its member clubs.