World T20 2016 March 10, 2016

Ticket fiasco as fans locked out of near-empty Nagpur stadium

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Poor ticket arrangements disappoint fans in Nagpur

Fans without tickets were turned away from Scotland's World T20 match against Zimbabwe at the VCA stadium in Nagpur today, as there are no ticketing facilities available at the ground.

The tickets for the match are priced at 100 rupees for the East and West stands and 200 rupees for behind the bowler's arm (approx £1.10 and £2.20 respectively). However, many supporters were obliged to travel back to the old VCA stadium in central Nagpur to purchase their tickets, meaning that that those that chose to do so were forced to miss much of the contest.

The current stadium, which was inaugurated in 2008 and has a capacity of 45,000, lies 20km outside the city centre, a journey time of approximately 40 minutes by auto-rickshaw. However, the main ticketing system remains still situated at the old venue. A VCA official said it was not possible to have ticketing at both grounds.

The BCCI, who declined to comment, are in overall charge of the ticketing policy for the tournament, but the arrangements for each match are at the discretion of the individual state associations. Dharamsala, the other venue that has so far hosted matches, has chosen to sell tickets for the qualifying rounds at the gate.

The VCA spokesman added that advertisements for the ticketing policy had been placed in local papers but was unable to explain why the information had not been passed on to the BCCI or ICC, so they could warn fans who were travelling in from other grounds.

The atmosphere inside the stadium, which came in for heavy criticism on the opening day of the tournament, was marginally improved for today's contest, thanks to an influx of some 250 children from nearby schools. However, approximately 100 fans remained locked out of the ground at the start of Zimbabwe's innings. The venue is too remote to support any local pubs or cafes in which to watch the contest, or to access the ICC's online ticket-booking service that could have resolved the issue.

"We love cricket, which is why we are here even in this heat to watch Scotland take on Zimbabwe," one group of college students from Nagpur told ESPNcricinfo. "But we can't book online because of the network and the ticket sales are going on at the other ground. There's so few people in, why can't they just let us in. We are even willing to pay at the gate."

One group of Scotland fans, who encountered similar problems during Tuesday's opening round of fixtures, including Scotland's defeat against Afghanistan, had been mistakenly informed that they could buy their tickets at their hotel.

Privately ICC officials are frustrated that common sense has not been used, especially with the already low turn out for these matches.

Jarrod Kimber is a writer for ESPNcricinfo. @ajarrodkimber

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  • jever03 on March 11, 2016, 19:36 GMT

    @extra-sundries: Spot on. Todays news is the wash-out for the poor Associates. No reserve day. To call the organizers amateurs would be a kind over-statement. Cricket the sport that makes itself abundant.

  •   Saurabh Hedau on March 11, 2016, 5:14 GMT

    Tickets are available are not..?

  • Lakhi Rohira on March 11, 2016, 5:04 GMT

    qualifiers should be free as all the stadiums are almost empty what will icc earn from this qualifiers . The fans should be treated well.

  • Masking_Tape on March 11, 2016, 4:52 GMT

    When a small country like Bangladesh can host a successful and sold-out tournament, how can India fail so badly? Except Zim vs UAE game, all the games in Bangladesh was played in front of packed stadium!

  •   Holly Patel on March 11, 2016, 4:51 GMT

    BCCI wants to lead but with that comes responsibility.Transferring blame to local authority is ridiculous.As some one pointed out fans should have been let in free.BCCI clout is because of fans and fans only.BCCI should have no politicians,it should be run totally by ex-players.

  • danishsyed88 on March 11, 2016, 0:26 GMT

    First the overall problem with tickets being sold late and all. Then the issue with providing the Pakistan team security. Now this. It seems like it is the first time the country is hosting a big event

  • PratUSA on March 10, 2016, 22:25 GMT

    @Varioushits - Amazing things can be achieved if people read the article they are commenting on. Next time do that for healthy discussion's sake.

  • Bikerguy on March 10, 2016, 21:19 GMT

    Why has India been allowed to host this World Cup?! What a joke...

  • Cricinfouser on March 10, 2016, 20:53 GMT

    Is there another sport like cricket that does so much to make it as difficult as possible for spectators to actually watch a match, and if they overcome that hurdle, does so much to deter them from coming back again? I assume the silly ban on spectators bringing their own water into the ground was enforced as usual?

  • Hotshot007 on March 10, 2016, 16:09 GMT

    Careless attitude for sure. There are two things that need to be noted here

    1) It is a cricket match. The general rule for getting a ticket for a cricket match is to buy it at the stadium where the match is taking place. How on earth does it make sense to travel to another stadium to buy tickets for this one?

    2) Keeping tickets at a diff stadium is one thing, but not propagating this information through the official channels is ridiculous. Has the BCCI formed an organizing committee of any note to oversee these things?

    One can only hope now that BCCI takes note at least now and gets its house in order for the main event.

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