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Fans clash with police over World Cup tickets

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 2, 2011

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Cricket fans clashed with police in Dhaka in the rush to buy tickets for the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub-continent next month. The tickets went on sale on Sunday at 80 branches of the private City Bank and the state-owned Agrani Bank after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) made 15,000 per-match available for the public. The fans, reportedly, were angered after being told that only 500 tickets would be sold per branch as a result of the strict scrutiny over buyers' identification papers. A few fans and a photographer are known to have suffered minor injuries in the protests.

"They raised slogans and held demonstrations. We dispersed the protesters and maintained calm," police inspector Shah Alam told AFP. Bangladesh will be hosting eight matches during the competition.

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Comments: 14 
Posted by   on (January 7, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

Cricket fans clashed with police in Dhaka in the rush to buy tickets for the 2011 World Cup

Posted by K.Saeed on (January 5, 2011, 19:02 GMT)

Last 2 Day I was Serial In City Bank But I'm Not buy A ticket.It IS very Upset For Me .

Posted by   on (January 5, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

BCB you have done a very bad job. you shouldn't give this resposibility to CITY BANK, they are very bad coz they are busy to manage their own & relatives ticket. they don't think aboout public. I've passed 3 days infront of Dhanmondi CITY BANK, but I couldn't collect a single ticket. BCB YOU'LL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERY thing.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

I, a student of class eight waited three days for tickets but had to come back in empty hands at the last!!!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

@kingrkm: i totally agree with u man..........only those people deserve to be in the stadium who really love da game and r passionate !!

Posted by asadkum on (January 3, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

Mohammad Asad from USA .............................................................. Sad to hear cricket fans sufferings in buying tickets................................. Managements should consider to increase the #'s of tickets for public............ We know demand is much more than capacity !!!!!! Guys - have patience and please show decent manners - don't forget we are host !!!!!!!!! All the best ..............

Posted by kingrkm on (January 3, 2011, 13:57 GMT)

The Bangladesh Cricket Board is a disgrace! People queuing for tickets for 2 nights but still not being able to get tickets. Corrupt government is playing around with their peoples hearts....

I bought tickets online for matches at Dhaka. Because, I have the previlage of owning a cricket card, I get to see my home country play at the world cup (as I had the chance to purchase before tickets went on public sale). But this is not fair on the mass majority of the Bangladeshi public, who do not have easy access to internet and do not own credit cards! 8 matches in Bangladesh equate to roughly a maximum of 190,000 tickets. Less than half of these went on public sale in Bangladesh. Thats leaves a population of over 160 million people to fight for only 95,000 tickets! In the world of stats, this means out of a group of 1,684 local Bangladeshi's, only 1 local Bangladeshi gets a ticket! This is nothing short of a disgrace! How will you promote the game if you don't allow spectators to watch?!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

I was looking for world cup ticket from last 6 yrs. It is my dream to watch world cup match by going to stadium. I tried to get a ticket for 2 days and 2 night without any food. But failed to get a ticket. Please do some thing for us. We love cricket and love our superstars (Mashrafe, Shakib, Tamim and all of our team members). We want to watch world cup. Please BCB do something for us.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

I think we cricket fan's are deserve to watch the match in the stadium rather watch in the TV...so BCB pls don't give the ticket to the politicians and also their familly and friends...

Posted by tauhid_aks on (January 3, 2011, 6:12 GMT)

POOR management is causing troubles for the cricket fanatics. Please BCB, give free tickets only to those who have a real contribution in the team's success, not to those who don't know what cricket is. Let the people enjoy this mega event. They deserve the tickets.

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