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Bangladesh v Pakistan, World Cup warm-up match, Mirpur

Voucher-holders miss warm-up match

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

February 15, 2011

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A view of the Shere Bangla National Stadium with its new hovering cover, Mirpur, February 6, 2011
The Shere Bangla Stadium was half empty even though people were queued up outside trying to get in © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

As the Bangladesh-Pakistan game went on in front of what seemed a healthy crowd for a warm-up game, more ticket-holders were left stranded at the adjoining indoor stadium. A few thousand people with vouchers in hand, bought at local banks and over the internet, waited in queue since early morning on Tuesday to collect their tickets, but while the match was being played out, the ground remained half full.

Kyazoonga, an entertainment and sports ticketing company, is looking after the ticketing process. Apparently it was its insistence on verifying identity cards before issuing tickets that caused the delay. One of its officials present at the ticket booths refused to speak to the media, but the chairman of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's ticket and seating committee, GS Hasan Tamim, termed it an unfortunate incident. "It is their [Kyazoonga's] job to distribute the tickets, but we told them not to check name and other identifications. We told them to just distribute it as the tickets have already been bought," he said.

The real trouble was when the BCB announced that 5,000 tickets are still left unsold on the eve of the match, which meant a large number of people stood in the queue to buy tickets, depriving the voucher-holders of their right.

"I will have to take a look at what happened but it is very unfortunate," Tamim said. It must have been confusing for some to see a few empty stands at the Shere Bangla National Stadium after a huge demand for tickets across the country. At the start of the Bangladesh innings, well into the evening, the count at the ground was 13,088, (later 14,500), and not a full house of 25,000-plus. It also presents the organisers a big challenge for the other big games in the tournament because vouchers have been sold at banks for those matches too.

Mohammad Isam is Senior Sports Reporter, The Daily Star in Dhaka


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Posted by Bang on (February 16, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

@Mohammad Hossain, Bangladesh officials are renowned inefficient but this time its the Indian company who planned such ticketing system and already had a hitch with the local arrangement committee.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 9:14 GMT)

Kyazoonga sucks! i bought several tickets and now I cannot attend so I asked Kyazoonga how I can give my tickets to someone, they told me to write an authorization letter so I did. Now when that person tried to collect the tickets they were asking for my ID and Mastercard photocopy...no way will I send that to a stranger just to get tickets. Guess I wasted my money.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 3:47 GMT)

Poor fielding & batting performance really let us (bd) down. I would suggest the team to go through extensive fielding (esp.catching & throwing) practice.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 2:44 GMT)

though i am a bangladeshi ... but bangladesh is not ready to hld this kind of big events. it is absolutely shamefull the way organizer selling the tickets. people are going through the same hassle twice .. once to pay for the ticket and second time to pick up the ticket. only the regular joe goes through the pain . its also unfortunate that people paid for the ticket but couldnt get the ticket and watch the game. i feel sorry for them. GO TIGERS ....

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 20:31 GMT)


Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

It was a really good perfomance by shehzad and misbah.

Posted by wasib on (February 15, 2011, 16:56 GMT)

replace gul with junaid khan and the team will be complete

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