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High Court limits number of complimentary tickets

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February 24, 2011

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The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) to limit the number of complimentary passes for each of the four World Cup games to be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium to 10,000. The stadium has a capacity of 41,000.

Justice Sunil Gaur said the association should make sure the remaining passes for Thursday's game between West Indies and South Africa were available online for the "general public who want to book it," according to the Times of India. The court issued its directive while hearing a case filed by Jai Karan Singh, one of the DDCA's oldest members, who has challenged the "arbitrary ways" in which the association's executive committee has been issuing complimentary tickets.

The order calls for the DDCA to make sure in the future it sells 30,000 tickets online and at general outlets throughout Delhi. "A total of 3,000 passes should be kept at the stadium gate so that match viewers can buy from there on the day of match also," the order said. "Five thousand tickets should be sent to various banks in Delhi so that the cricket lovers can buy them there." The order also directs the association to make sure all the prices are available online.

Singh had argued that the executive committee issued free passes "at their whim and fancy for getting personal benefits not connected with the promotion of game of cricket". He claimed that selling these tickets deprived the DDCA of revenue when they were already operating at a loss.

The executive committee denied issuing free passes and said it was only in response to certain "firm commitments". The committee also defended giving free tickets to officials of the Delhi government, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, traffic police and other civic agencies, saying they had to be "rewarded" for their cooperation and support.

The Kotla is scheduled to host four games during the World Cup, beginning with today's game between South Africa and West Indies. The other three are: West Indies v Netherlands on February 28, Kenya v Canada on March 7 and India v Netherlands on March 9.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 22:16 GMT)

Eden Gardens is a better stadium in case of capacity it can hold upto 90000 + people...not like 37000 out of that 33000 reserved.....

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

I think something like this should be happen with mumbai....... .............unfortunately here in India for every single & little thing we need help of high court.

Posted by Nikhil on (February 24, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

These officials are taking advantage of cricket fans, because they know no matter what they do we'll never stop watching. Even 10,000 is too many i think, i think the correct figure for complimentary passes should be about 10% of the seats. It is not right when we get a World Cup every 15 years to watch live, only to be screwed up by "these" associations and BCCI. I am very very disappointed. SORRY CRICKET FANS, YOU DESERVE BETTER.

Posted by Mukesh on (February 24, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

Well Done Mr Singh!! These idiots running the Cricket Boards will justify giving everything away!!

Posted by Guru on (February 24, 2011, 9:57 GMT)

Another scam in the making? I can sense the opportunity to create lot of black money by selling "Complimentary Free Passes"!!!

Does those "ultra rich" people or even those so called "elites" really need these "free passes"? Are they so stingy that they cant even afford for tickets? I don't see a point why anyone should get free tickets at all?

There should only be voluntary passes for personnel who are required to work there.(eg: ground staff, press, etc)

Posted by sukesh on (February 24, 2011, 9:44 GMT)

fans have to move to court to get ticket to watch world cup.shows how crazy bcci is for more and more money.......

Posted by Nadir on (February 24, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

Good job Indian democracy.

Posted by Ravi Shankar on (February 24, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

Why dont they do the same thing for the WC final too? It is a shame that the general public who are willing to spend money to watch the WC final at Wankhede are allowed only 3000 tickets and the remaining tickets already reserved. Considering the ground can hold a capacity of 30,000 people only 10% are reserved for public. What kind of democratic country India is?

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