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Only 4000 tickets to be sold for World Cup final

Tariq Engineer

February 20, 2011

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Ratnakar Shetty, the World Cup's tournament director, has said that the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will have all the necessary permissions in place before it hosts the group-stage game between New Zealand and Canada on March 13. The stadium recently failed a fire inspection, raising concerns that it may not be ready in time for the match. It is also scheduled to host the final on April 2.

"There will be no compromise of any requirements for any government body or agency," Shetty said at the unveiling of the renovated Wankhede stadium. "Every permission that is required will be obtained."

He explained that the fire department was concerned primarily with the newly built areas, specifically the basement under the north stand that will serve as the broadcaster's control room, and that the Mumbai Cricket Association was already in the process of fixing the problems. However, he refused to be drawn into the exact nature of the permissions required or whether any deadlines had been set to obtain them. ESPNcricinfo understands that the fire department is not scheduled to make a second inspection of the venue.

Sharad Pawar poses at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, February 20, 2011
The Wankhede Stadium's newest avatar was inaugurated by Sharad Pawar, the president of the MCA, and the current president of the ICC © AFP

On the subject of tickets, Shetty said that the association is limited to offering only 4000 tickets for the final to the general public because it is contractually obligated to offer tickets to the ICC (8500), as well as its member clubs (roughly 20,000). The limited number of tickets was further exacerbated by the renovation, which reduced the capacity of the stadium from 38,000 to 33,000. One thousand tickets for the final will be available online at Kyazoonga from February 21 and the remaining 3000 tickets would be sold through the association.

When asked whether it was unfair that only 4000 tickets would be sold for a game as important as the World Cup final, Shetty said the members of the clubs are also part of the "public" and so he disagrees with that assertion, but at the same time he also pointed out that the association's hands are tied because it has to honour its contracts.

While the pitch is ready for play, Shetty was noncommittal on the subject of a practice match, saying only that there are plenty of "cricket experts on the committee" who are monitoring the pitch and that the curator has always managed to produce a good wicket. They are also monitoring the shadow created by the new roof that creeps across the pitch as the sun sets, but Shetty said it was "not an immediate problem".

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

Country like india host final in a ground like 33k. Public tickets sold for 4k. Stupid thing. It means by indirectly normal people have to see only in TV not in direct. That all arrangements made for the people only who gave contracts to the ICC. I dont know whats happening here. Atlast politics entered its extreme level and made a barrier to common man to watches a cricket match in cricketing craze nation!!!!!

Posted by Dinakaran on (February 22, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

Chennai is the best place for finals

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

Shame for BCCI, move to kolkatta or some where else.

Posted by Mahesh on (February 22, 2011, 4:51 GMT)

absolute travesty. kolkata is THE place to be playing a WC final. no better place to indimidate opposition and uplift the home team. wankhede is about 7 or 8 on my list of indian cricket grounds.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 20:12 GMT)

Why break the hearts of thousands of cricket fans? Out of 30000 odd seats, only 4000 for the general public is ridiculous. In fact, India is the only place where such IDIOTIC situations like this arise, where most cricket fans are deprived of watching the WORLD CUP FINAL.

Posted by J on (February 21, 2011, 19:45 GMT)

Why are they going through the sham at all i.e only 10% of the tickets sold to the general public. They should have just done a private viewing for Sharad Pawar and his cronies, friends, family and partners.

I am sure they first sold as many tickets as they could at atrocious prices and once the profits were made, the remaining were sold to the public. Consider ourselves lucky to have any tickets are being sold to us at all.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 19:41 GMT)

Shame on you BCCI!!!, Maybe it is time for an Egyptian style revolt against these money and power hungry cricket administrators............

Posted by Muthuvel on (February 21, 2011, 19:06 GMT)

33000 is a joke, move the final to Kolkata or chennai lets get the numbers the WC in india deserves or more realistically move the game to the other ground across the city atleast.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

Think about the stadiums in Inda... Eden Gardens - The biggest of 'em all and aruguably the most beautiful..Imagine India playing a world cup final here with the inimitable Kolkata crowd suppoting the team.. or Chennai.. the place with the worlds best crowds.. and a stadium that can inspire poetry.. Imagine a world cup final being staged here.. Even though i dont hold anything against Mumbai, Wankhade is a dwarf compared to these two stadiums. It is just another stadium.. Not even close to the Mekka of Indian cricket.. the Sanctum called Eden gardens.. or Chennai or even Delhi.. but then again Sharad Pawar is the ICC president.. and let's thank god there are atleat 4000 tickets available for us.. the common everyday Indian who can only lament and cry foul..

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

Eden gardens 90,000, Ahmadabad 54,000, Chennai 50,000, Bengaluru 50,000, Delhi 48,000, Hyderabad 40,000 even Bangabandhu and Premadasa are larger stadia than Wankhede!!....I was always positive that there will be very Obvious screw ups when WC comes to India and why blame ICC its India's prerogative to determine which stadium hosts the cup final......do the geniuses need to be told that one of the bigger stadium hosts the final and not one of the smallest!!!!!

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