It’s festive season in Nagpur but when it comes to cricket there seems to be no celebration bigger than this game. Perhaps more people hit at the ticket counters than those dropping in at the shopping venues across the city on Saturday. The frenzy, desperation and the loads of excitement formed the fervor at the ticket sales counters for one day international cricket match between India and Australia scheduled on October 30 in VCA stadium at Jamtha. The fans who waited since night in the long queues exerted ‘full on’ pressure to get the tickets, however the cheaper tickets were sold off as soon as the ticket counter opened. Though online sales also started on Friday but the VCA website remained down for most of the time. Helplessly, the fans hit at the venues to get the tickets but not all were lucky enough.
The tickets priced at Rs 300 and Rs 500 were off the counters too soon. Hordes of fans at the venues alleged foul play in the sale of cheaper tickets. “Now those tickets which mysteriously disappeared from counters will come up for sale in the black market,” a fan was overheard as saying.
The police and private security personnel remained on their toes to control the crowd. Many among the crowd jumped off the barricades laid by the police to secure them tickets.
The tickets priced at Rs 1500 were sold at Bilimoria Hall in old VCA stadium in Civil Lines. The situation there was no different. Large number of crazy fans met with the disappointment who alleged it as the ploy to force the fans to buy expensive tickets ranging between Rs 4000 and Rs 5000.