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Fans left without tickets as website crashes

Sharda Ugra

February 21, 2011

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A Sri Lankan fan shows his World Cup ticket, Colombo, February 7, 2011
World Cup tickets are becoming a rare commodity © AFP

If ever a URL contained an entire saga in its few words, it had to be the one that thousands of World Cup ticket buyers found themselves facing on Monday: http://www.icccwc2011.kyazoonga.com/Tickets/ Error/. The ICC World Cup 2011 is currently defined not by its month-long group matches, the presence of the game's much-abused fringe element, the Associates, or its extremely malleable home advantage quarter-final round, but instead by its ticketing errors.

The ICC is understood to be working with the host boards - which are responsible for ticketing - on resolving the issue. The options include taking the tickets off sale and instead distribute them through lots. The hosting agreement gives the hosts the responsibility for distribution, stamping and printing of gate tickets and hospitality tickets; it also says the hosts "will exercise strict control to conduct efficient orderly production and distribution and hospitality".

The most prominent errors took place on Monday afternoon when the servers of Kyazoonga.com, the ICC's official ticketing partners, were overwhelmed with the load as the site went 'live' with sales for the final and semi-finals at 1pm India time. The website received close to ten million hits in a matter of minutes - half a million at any given moment - many of those people refreshing the site. It would have needed, a Kyazoonga staffer said, a server farm the "size of a football field" to keep up with that kind of demand. The site crashed by 1.05pm and the few people who had got into the system and begun purchasing their tickets found their plans hanging somewhere in cyberspace.

The website went online again around 9.30pm IST with a statement that no tickets for the finals & semi-finals had been sold on Monday due to the system issues and that updates about the ticket sales would follow. So, all the tickets allocated for online sales will still be available once the Kyazoonga network teams in India, Europe and the United States get their servers up and running again. Kyazoonga were not willing to reveal an approximate time when that was expected to happen.

A Kyazoonga spokesperson said while the surge in traffic had been expected, the site had not anticipated its scale. When ticket sales for World Cup group matches first went live on June 1, 2010, there had been no issues over server capacity. The firm had expected the demand to be several times over for the knockout games, "maybe five to ten times over but not 100." There were even people knocking at the door of the Kyazoonga offices in New Delhi asking to purchase World Cup final tickets.

What has also infuriated World Cup fans - whose angry comments on ESPNcricinfo hit the newswires all day - is not merely the fact that it has been impossible to buy tickets for the final online, but that there are so few tickets available to the general public at a venue with a very small capacity by Indian standards. The 33,000-seater Wankhede Stadium is one of the two smallest Indian grounds hosting World Cup matches. Only Mohali with a capacity of 27,500 is smaller. The rest are as follows: Eden Gardens - 63,000, Motera - 54,000, Chepauk - 45,000, Ferozshah Kotla - 42,000, Nagpur - 45,000, Chinnaswamy - 37,000. Among the 33,000 seats in the Wankhede, only 4000 are for sale to the public - the rest will be distributed to the ICC and the Mumbai Cricket Association's member clubs - which is a disproportionately small number for the biggest event in world cricket. All previous finals have been held at larger venues except for the 2007 final in Bridgetown and the first three editions. Those were played at Lord's, which at the time had a capacity of 28,000, but the number of tickets made available to the public was still somewhere around 14,000.

The ticket pricing at the Wankhede, according to the ICC's official ticket guide, is the most expensive across the World Cup. The price-range for the first match at the Wankhede on March 13, New Zealand v Canada, is between Rs 2500 to Rs 3750. The March 18 match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka ranges from Rs 5000 to Rs 7500. The World Cup finals tickets are priced between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000.

The other issue surrounding tickets that has affected grounds in India is that ticket sales are heavily dependent on the host team's presence in any match. India are hosting most of the neutral games while co-hosts Bangladesh are staging only the six group matches featuring their own team and two quarter-finals, and Sri Lanka are hosting 13 matches, five featuring the home team, six as stand-in hosts for Pakistan, and one quarter-final and a semi-final.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

@Deen Sheikh: Its simple marketing strategies. Price is proportionate to the demand and the supply.

Where as, supply can be maximum of doubled or tippled depending on the ground but the demand is sooo huge in INDIA which has almost negligible impact on the the price fixing. Needless to say, people in India are willing to pay x2 - x100 than its original price, especially in Mumbai

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

I personally think the ICC should re think their strategy when it comes to their attitudes towards the BCCI and its members, who courtesy of all the money coming in, have become greedy and dont think with their heads. Same goes for the ICC, cause the BCCI is contributing more than half their revenue's single handedly so their letting Indian board do whatever they want, without properly regulating them. And why does no1 talk about the fact that ICC president is also president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, doesnt that kinda create a conflict of Interest? Im sure Sharad pawar had some role to play in the Final being played in Mumbai as opposed to Eden Gardens or Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. and Yes Tickets are Dirt cheap for Games in Sri Lanka, while Very Pricey in India, I dont get that, LOL.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

Almost every one who is trying to buy tickets disparately has put lot of load on the server which is expected.

I hope the site admins have already checked the log to find if any one has crashed the server purposefully, using tools or scripts.

Anyway, I prefer watching the match in TV unless someone buy me (V)VIP tickets :)

Posted by Shavantha on (February 24, 2011, 1:10 GMT)

This proves the point that all web sites going for commercial use should be tested for how well it handles the concurrent load

Posted by Varun on (February 23, 2011, 17:15 GMT)

Sharda Ugra needs to realize that when a website has "ten million hits in a matter of minutes - half a million at any given moment", no server is going to be able bear that load. Especially, for ticket sales, for one single event no company is going to invest in "a server farm the "size of a football field"". It is unfair to the company to expect them to handle that load. Cribbing about a minor inconvenience and taking pot-shots at the ICC after the 2007 fiasco has become a past-time.

Posted by Eric on (February 23, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

Well, another World Cup, another fiasco, with the almighty dollar reigning supreme. Even Australia has sold it's soul to this god. Second thing - Shame, Shame, Ponting. Your latest outburst another reason you are not fit to be Aussie Captain, couldn't set the table for afternoon tea, let alone a proper field, particularly for spin bowlers.

Posted by imran on (February 23, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

The ICC top officials has to be banned for 10 years, and they should be kept away from near any cricketing activity during that time. ICC anti corruption team to see why ICC top officials have fail to ensure the dirtribution of tickets.

Posted by Rex on (February 23, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

India couldn't organize a booze up in a brewery. Only they believe they are a modern efficient effective nation and the joke's on them. Except when it comes to manipulating International Cricket to their own ends. Then they are the World Champions!b

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 23, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

4,000 tickets for public and 29,000 for the administrative staff.And this is a country of 1200 million.And cricket is said to be a religion here.And this is a democratic country,where public holds the power.And cricket board is showing all forms of dictatorship.Can we do something against it.Can we appeal against the board.We will stand against the mighty board who gets the money because we watch cricket on t.v.They are respected because we watch cricket.India's board does whatever it likes to do.But we can not do anything.

Posted by Sam on (February 23, 2011, 4:24 GMT)

XooX's comments misses a big point. Corporates make the event possible does not mean anything. Corporations are not a charity. They sponsor these events not because they are charitable but because of marketing/advertising. The marketing/advertising rupees/dollars are incorporated into the price of the products and services that are sold by them. Thus, eventually, this money comes mostly from the pockets of ordinary cricket fans who buy the products and services.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 23, 2011, 4:23 GMT)

Curse be on all those responsible for this.Yet another proof of the BCCI-cum-ICC failure. Why don't we watch it on TV with every advantage that is not there at the ground?

Posted by Lalit on (February 23, 2011, 1:11 GMT)

Few months back Mr. Sharad Pawar made a statement in the press, " World Cup tickets will be affordable and available". One can only expect to see the opposite of whatever Mr. Pawar announces.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 23:16 GMT)

cricket is no longer for the average fan but for big corporations. In my country only one company is showing WC cricket games. Cricket can no longer be seen by everyone in the countries taking part which is a tragedy. Its like the WC is a non event while companies boast of them being the saviours of cricket while they are actively dividing populations. So as one person said I resort to watching the matches online.

Posted by Dan on (February 22, 2011, 22:36 GMT)

...and Eden Gardens is crickets biggest event of the year, a non-venue...? What a shame, especially given the rest of the fishbowls the matches will be played in. I tried to get tickets on-line as well and was a part of the group that was thrown out into cyber-space...had I gotten my tickets, I would have made the trip from the other side of the world to experience the 2011 WC, live. oh well, I'll just stay home, sit in my favorite chair, sip my rum-and-coke, watch the matches, enjoy the super-slo-mo replays...and keep my money!

Posted by Murtaza on (February 22, 2011, 21:06 GMT)

It's very ridiculous. Only 4000 tickets available die hard cricket fans. It's really shame.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

I would say the Indian cricket watching public is getting a cricket administration that it deserves. Don't know what the crying is all about. I don't see many people in the stands in the matches that are going on now. Nobody is interested in 3rd party matches. I am certain that if India doesn't make it to the final, even 1000 tickets would be too many. I wish they had moved the neutral fixtures to Bangladesh. Would have seen more spectators for sure.

Posted by Rishi on (February 22, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

Web site crahsed, mad-about-cricket country, facebook (zillions of hit)-any web site will fail, all excuses sums up only one thing that organizers failed miserably.May be it is more than they (organizers and software support staff) could handle on a given day. May be they did not realize this is the WC they are hosting, not an IPL tournament. It is very disappointing.

Posted by Rajiv on (February 22, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

Getting Tickets in Sri Lanka is no better. When we inquire if they hv any tickets the security says no tickets, however the online system indicates availability of seats for the Pak vs Aust match. As per them the News paper Ad has been placed in Oct 2010 and many had purchased the tickets by booking. Many had not seen this ad and have missed the chance to buy it.

Now event the Semi Final tickets that were supposed to be out on Monday has not been listed. What a situ.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

Website is down!!! Tickets are expensive !!! No issues... Lets pray for INDIA and for a BEST world cup ever...

Posted by Anand on (February 22, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

Why is everyone whining here. Let me answer the concerns of people here

- So few tickets: For a cricket crazy country like India, even 40,000 tickets are going to be insufficient. Corporates - yes, the people who make the event possible - are crazy about cricket too and get the first say. Of course, it sounds bad to people as cricket lovers. But then, this is business and the first rule of business is to serve your paying customer first and attend to the free ones later.

- So expensive So only 4000 tickets available. And again this is business and the ticket goes to the one who is willing to spend the maximum for it. If there was an auctin for the tickets, I am sure the price would have been much higher and the winner would have been laughing ear to ear

- Indian IT Kyazoonga's servers got 10 million hits yesterday - that's 25% of Facebook;s traffic. Facebook is the world's second largest website in the world. Any website would have crashed under such a massive attack from users.

Posted by Rishi on (February 22, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

This is another mess created by the organizers of this mega event. This kind of mess is becoming common in India like Common Wealth Games, and Eden Garden Stadium. BCC/ICC are totally responsible for the fiasco. While BCCI is putting blame on ICC, ICC is so engrossed with Salman Butt's TV deal. This i s just another day in the offices of Mr. Pawar, and. Mr. Lorgat. This Mr. Pawar, what he is doing there, and Mr. Haroon Lorgat, i do not think he could manage his own home affairs. Shame on organizers of the game, and shame von people who are making excuses on behalf of organizers. I am really disappointed.

Posted by uno on (February 22, 2011, 15:00 GMT)

morethan a game, its a business, GAME only for the RICH. I would watch it on my TV

Posted by North on (February 22, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

@vouxpopuli and riz_ahmed, apparently the job was outsourced from India. What an irony...

Posted by North on (February 22, 2011, 13:41 GMT)

I CONDEMN this issue. Only 4000 tickets for general public and that too sooooo expensive. I am going to watch the match on tv at home.

Posted by Saahil on (February 22, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

This is bureaucracy to the core. The game is not meant for the masses anymore, and the number of tickets are being reduced to jack up the prices. Its a shame when a common man in a cricket crazy country like India can't possibly afford to watch a world cup final! Shameful!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

Its better to watch the final in TV for 3 reasons:-

1. First and foremost its free, 2. Can take any seat which we feel comfortable, 3. Finally if we feel bored in between t innings we can watch some movies too.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

5 to 8 times the normal price is really greedy. Ticket that i paid 500 in the past was costing 3000 and 2000 in the past was 10000....ICC gets enough sponsorship for this event. why such expensive tickets. ICC has not taken a leaf out of the lesson from WI in 2007 where they had to give it at free of cost to school kids as the price is rediculous

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

Only 4000 tickets for general public!!!!! Only 4000 tickets for general public!!!!! ICC should be banned for 4000 years.

Posted by Rohan on (February 22, 2011, 11:01 GMT)

i dnt knw why tickets in india are so expensive, its 20 times more than bangladesh and srilanka, and only 4000 tickets fr the final, mad people, shift the final to eden gardens..........

Posted by saubhik on (February 22, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

such a disappointment...only 4000 tickets for general public and that also for a minimum of 12500...i checked kyazoonga yesterday... this is really extravagant...tickets in dhaka n colombo starts from 300 inr !!!!!why it has to b so expensive just bcoz it is in mumbai!!!!...unbeleivable...this can happen only in india....have to watch it in tv only!!!! :(

Posted by Q on (February 22, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

i m watching at home....FREE OF COST

Posted by shailesh on (February 22, 2011, 10:18 GMT)

I just imagine how many of the people complaining over here are trying to buy the tickets for the finals..the one who wnts to watch the finals would pay the price for it..there are nmbr of ways to get the tickets..n its not jst in India it everywhr.jst need to have the desire n some heart to shell out somthing xtra

Posted by SANJAY on (February 22, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

icc and bcci filling up their pockets yet again, at the expense of cricket!!!

a sad day for cricket, with only 1000 tickets going on sale at one of the smallest grounds in india.

also the grounds in india, have still not distributed tickets, which people have paid for 9 months ago...........this is a complete shambles,

Posted by Napolean on (February 22, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

We need a major revolution in Cricket! The Common Man has been robbed of entertainment at the cost of a few rich, greedy people. This injustice must end soon! People of Mumbai must wholeheartedly boycott the game and not support the authorities in conducting WC Finals at Wankhede. People must black out the Finals and stop supporting these selfish authorities. I call upon the entire cricketing community to help polish off the bureaucracies and bring the game back to the masses!

Posted by Coolest on (February 22, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

It begs the question that why is the final being held in Wankhede Stadium?? Why not at the biggest ground in India- Eden Gardens, which will seat 63,000people rather then 33,000.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

Rs3000 for New Zealand-Canada match...

I would rather prefer flew to Indore to watch Delhi vs Tamil Nadu match in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

so how is possible for buy ticket ??

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

does those peoples cheer like normal frans do...this organising commitee is making ahvoc of everything n i don understand y these peoples arent disrtibuting tickets...

Posted by Salman on (February 22, 2011, 8:06 GMT)

ICC has shown the world what a failure it is as a governing body. Compare the CWC preparations as compared to the FIFA WC. FIFA goes out of their way to ensure that the fans remain the top priority and their attention to detail in the execution of their mega event makes the ICC look like a joke. The ICC should have ensured that no expense was spared to deliver the best WC, instead we see faulty sight screens with cloth covers, and lack of technology for the UDRS. All they have been concerned with when it comes to grounds is that what do the VIP enclosures look like, so their overpaid management and sponsors from whom they have extracted obscene sums of money from, are well taken care off. I blame the entire cricketing world for letting the ICC dictate terms to them, when they clearly have no idea how to handle things. The IPL is a great example of how a tournament should be managed. Its a sad state of affairs when domestic competitions are better organized than events such as the CWC

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 8:02 GMT)


Posted by Pranav on (February 22, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

sharad pawar is 1 helluva bast*** ......he has turned crkt into nthin mor dan a profitable bizness in india n d world

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 7:55 GMT)

Are you kidding with die hard cricket fans of india, offering 4000 tickets for online sale!! BCCI's earns like thousands of crores of rs, still unable to provide proper tickets to fans, and now website is going down, now don't tell me you guys don't it know it, it would happened. RIP BCCI

Posted by Mick on (February 22, 2011, 7:36 GMT)

Only learned from this article that final would be played in such a ridiculously small stadium. How was this decision possibly be made? Is it political? What a shame for cricket's biggest day . . . Not to mention the anti-climax if the home team makes the final and so few are able to attend. Be it the BCCI or the ICC's fault, it's a complete embarrassment.

Posted by Ramkumar on (February 22, 2011, 7:28 GMT)

lol - 1000 online tickets - what a joke....it might have already been sold - except for may be 100 tickets - so that no complaints come!!!. Once tickets are bought by the tout - they will sell it for double or triple.!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

Bangladesh Vs Ireland Match a Bangladh must win good luck Bangladesh

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

ICC never learns from its past mistakes. This world cup is too long and the schedule is totally interest killer. How come not a single match yet is of any interest. Why cant they spread meaningfull matches and non meaning full matches. No sporting event in the world will be so much full of meaningless games. Why is that all good teams are playing first games which are totally one sided. And why cant they have two matches every day, one each from both the groups. 3-4 day gaps between each games fora team was more than sufficient. I mean come on. It feels like eternity when Ind v Ban was played.

This is ludicrous.

Posted by Viraj on (February 22, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

Truly disappointing for Indian fans......If one has to go wid his family to watch the final then the Karta will have to shell-out 15k +......and that too he will have to sweat-out for getting these expensive tickets....best is to watch the game at home with some refreshments or go to a sports bar....Thank you BCCI!!!!!!

Posted by Rajesh on (February 22, 2011, 6:30 GMT)

@ Steve-Straight -- Couldn't agree more. You are 100% right !!

Posted by Rizwan on (February 22, 2011, 6:14 GMT)

Come on India IT Giants - you must add the robustness in this website so that it will not crash at times when the actual work started !!

Posted by Rajendra on (February 22, 2011, 6:04 GMT)

India is a software back office to the world but cannot manage it's own show-case event to the general public's satisfaction for which both the ICC and the Indian counterparts including the .com company all are responsible... coming so close on the heels of the CWG fiasco... can't we deliver any thing satisfactorily or are we supposed to put up with this 'Chalta Hai' attitude - to borrow the phrase from Mr. Kalra and Mr. Jug Suraiya??? And Indian management Pundits are growing exponentially in stature and in big demand around the world, but why can't we manage our own 'show-case-to-the-world' events well enough please???!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 5:46 GMT)

This is a pain...only 4000 tickets are available for the general public

Posted by jason on (February 22, 2011, 5:42 GMT)

another cracking example of why outsourcing IT to india doesnt work.. they arent even good enough to get their own systems working let alone for off shore stuff!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

Its Ridiculous that the prices of final are so high.Does ICC think that the common man gets paid equivalent to those in IPL.

Posted by Dru on (February 22, 2011, 5:05 GMT)

Ok its irritating but lets face it we are not going to talk about a few thousand tickets when millions watch it on TV. Please make sure the telecast are spot on and everyone is happy. In this day and age of corporate sponsorship you cant expect the general public to take the centre stage in the stands of the WC final - its simply cannot happen. As others have pointed out its the same for all sports, so the fans on the grounds - get in front of the TV with a cold drink and plenty of nibblies for the final.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

TV and sponsorship is far and away the big money spinner for the ICC now. Ticket sales are probably meaningless in terms of revenue. The problem with that is that here in Australia only Fox Sports is showing world cup matches in full so unless you sign up for a subscription you don't get to watch. It's difficult for me to justify that when I'll only be watching a handful of games so my choice is pretty simple: find the coverage online and watch it for free. Until the powers that be start considering the needs of the fans I will do this without feeling any guilt whatsoever.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 4:38 GMT)

Ticketing for cricket matches iis a very big issue in India. Unlike any other country, Indians sell more than twice the number of tickets for the seats available. People who don't get seats are not refunded the entire amount back. I have had a bad experience myself. The Indian government should impose some laws against this. The people who sell these tickets should made liable for any loss of time and money by the buyers. This would prevent theses greedy money hungry ticket sellers from overselling.

Posted by Ryo on (February 22, 2011, 4:31 GMT)

That's what happens when 50 million fans try to buy a few thousand tickets. Be thankful it was an internet site that crashed and not a stampede at a ticketing booth.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 3:37 GMT)

Why aren't any games being played at D.Y. Patil?

Posted by John on (February 22, 2011, 0:58 GMT)

Why weren't people asked to submit applications and then have a random draw for the tickets? That way it could have been done months in advance and would have been fair to everybody. Selling tickets on a first-come, first-served basis was bound to cause this kind of chaos. When you take this and add to it the fiasco of grounds not being ready in time nearly 6 years after the WC was allocated to the subcontinent, you have to wonder who is running this farce and what institution they were released from to enable them to do it.

Posted by Sudeep on (February 22, 2011, 0:50 GMT)

Those in charge of hosting the 2011 WC are greedy and only interested in making the maximum profit for themselves...It's outright disgraceful that they make only 4000 out of a possible 2800 seats at Wankhede available for general sale - don't think they are giving away the other tickets for free - they will exact their pound of flesh from all the member associations of the MCA.

On top of that, the best place to play cricket in India, namely Eden, will go without a decent match because of the fiasco of the stadium not being ready...what a shame!

Posted by Sanjiv on (February 22, 2011, 0:09 GMT)

Once again, the common cricket fan is treated second class while corporates get the ticket. This is common across baseball, basketball and Golf. Now it is cricket's turn. It is just a shame tha it is so much easier to watch cricket at home on the telly rather than turning up in at the stadium with your kids.

Posted by h on (February 21, 2011, 21:09 GMT)

In most major sporting events, the number of tickets available to the general public is disproportionately small. For instance, the NFL conducts a random drawing by which they select 1% of the tickets available for the Super Bowl to the general public. All other tickets go to Corporate sponsors, individual teams, etc. So, the ICC, like the NFL for the Super Bowl, expects you to watch the WC final from home on TV.

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

If 20 million people (2 per caller) want the 30000 tickets nothing can be done. Dont try to create a story. As the economy of India is booming more and more can afford these tickets. As long as the tickets are not resold in the Bombay Black Market ,those that have tickets go and enjoy.

Posted by Sabir on (February 21, 2011, 20:59 GMT)

Its a big shame tht only 4000 tickets are available for the final......

Posted by Chris on (February 21, 2011, 20:57 GMT)

these problems are always expected here in sub continent world cup. ICC should tink twice before arranging any future WC here. world cup final played in 33000 capacity stadium, thats ridiculous !! compare it with beautiful MCG in Australia, no ticket, renovation , fire or security problems there.

Posted by vineeth on (February 21, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

hahahha whattay craze for the tickets..... wish i was in India :(

Posted by Hassan on (February 21, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

Looks like ICC's amnesia from the lessons of the last world cup has still not abated. The preference of greed over providing quality services to the fans will have long lasting effects on the game. We have already started to see signs of this when Mr. Lorgat and his cronies decided to bar the minnows from future world cup participation.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

this has got to be the most unorganised event for the icc...........all thnx to bcci!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

any idea, when the tickets will again be available for sale ??

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

The world cup schedule seems to have completely short changed the Indian cricket fan. All matches involving India have so few tickets on sale, and so expensive too. That is the league stage. For the semis and finals, its just a handful of tickets on sale. And why on earth is the final being held in a stadium which can take in only about 30,000 people. It should be shifted to a place like the Eden Gardens. The irony is that for a cracker of a match like Pakistan vs Australia, tickets are even now available for as low as INR 10, for the match in Sri Lanka. Perhaps its cheaper to take a plane and fly to Sri Lanka to watch some good quality cricket.

Posted by Rod on (February 21, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

What a surprise! The words "Drink" and "Brewery" spring to mind!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

Yep, this certainly makes the 2007 World Cup look like a well-run, organized event. The BCCI is allocating only 12% of stadium capacity to members of the general public, and now it looks like even that won't happen.

Posted by Prakash on (February 21, 2011, 18:55 GMT)

This is sad. I know the guy who co-founded Kyazoonga. Nice guy. So sad for him..

Posted by Arvind on (February 21, 2011, 18:37 GMT)

All those guys who complained that Indian spectators don't go to the stadium to watch the matches, what have you got to say now? When a tournament such as World Cup is organised so shabbily by the ICC, why do you want us to expect us to spend our money on such pathetic ICC?

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

My whole day went staring my laptop screen and hitting the refresh button a million times..ICC WC FINAL is too big an event to be given to a dealer with server issues!!! And at least they should be expecting the heavy traffic beforehand. After the WC Final in 2007 played under the DARK..this only serves good for ICC's mismanagement issues. :(

Posted by Hitesh on (February 21, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

While I believe this World Cup will be better than the 2007 version (anything could be better than that debacle), events over the past few days have shown that there are still many areas where the ICC is lacking. I find it preposterous as to how only 4000 tickets out of 33000 (which in itself is a shocker for a WC final) are allocated to the general public. Fewer seats means that higher prices are charged for tickets and when the base price is around Rs 10,000 (approx $230) in a country where more than half the population lives below the poverty line, that in my opinion just kills the spirit of the event for the common man. Bureaucracy and general economics of ticketing ends up robbing us people, who can't afford to pay premium prices for top row/bleacher seats, and instead have to end up watching the games on channels which are absolutely riddled with advertising on all corners of the screen. Even after all this, the govt couldn't ready Kolkata and Mumbai 2 days into the tournament.

Posted by Teague on (February 21, 2011, 18:07 GMT)

The Cricket WC might not be as big as the Football WC. But and that is a Big BUT, there should be no drop in standards when it comes to the logistics and organization of this marvelous event. Stadiums not being ready and this from the ICC's end none the less will be a dark spot. I hope in future the ICC and all the nations that will hold this event will do so with a focus on good organization, which includes testing things so that they work. Come on people standards !!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

Huge disappointment, BCCI/ICC/Kyazoonga all sucks!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 17:53 GMT)

There had to be a group-stage match featuring India in Mumbai. Not having that is a sin. The final could have been played at the DY Patil stadium which is considered the best in India, and has a seating capacity which would befit a World Cup final. In 2007 final we had the light-and-darkness fiasco, and now this.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

Is it not ridiculous that only 4000 tickets are available for sale ? Agreed that MCA will have to give a few tickets to it's associations for the final match, but giving away a total of 29000 tickets doesn't seem to go down too well.

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