Fans were left empty handed, despite waiting in the queue for hours on the official site, as the tickets were sold at a rate of knots.
Amid the dearth of ICC Cricket World Cup tickets in the market, former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad has voiced his displeasure over the handling of the matter. Prasad’s reaction comes after fans, who according to him are the biggest stakeholders of the game, slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), International Cricket Council (ICC) and BookMyShow, the official ticketing partner, over the distribution of tickets. Fans were left empty handed, despite waiting in the queue for hours on the official site, as the tickets were sold at a rate of knots.
Reacting to the fiasco, Prasad demanded a proper audit over the distribution of the tickets in order to identify the culprit behind the dearth of tickets for the mega event.
“This doesn’t look good. Either the ticket partners are incompetent to handle the ticket and traffic or this is another eyewash in the name of releasing tickets. Hope there is a proper audit and identification of how the tickets are sold and to whom and what platform. Just cannot take the biggest stakeholders, the fans for a ride with false assurances,” Prasad replied to BCCI’s post on X.
Notably, BookMyShow’s website showed a waiting time of just 90 minutes, but the fans had to wait for much longer while booking the tickets.
Earlier, Due to the high demands of tickets, the BCCI decided to release 400,000 fresh tickets for fans.
Even after that, many fans were left empty-handed as the website showed that the tickets have been sold out.
“I urge the @BCCI to have more transparency in the World Cup ticketing system and not take fans for granted. Definitely in a stadium like Ahmedabad, for an #IndvsPak clash more than the sold 8500 tickets need to be available when the capacity is 1 lakh +. Likewise for all other matches, a larger chunk needs to be for the fans. It will be more fulfilling if the diehard fan is kept happy and not deprived of this opportunity instead of reserving a large chunk for corporates and members,” he had posted on X.
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