India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mumbai November 11, 2013

Ticket sales fiasco leaves fans in lurch

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The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has decided to sell tickets for Sachin Tendulkar's farewell Test online and not at ticket counters at the venue, which has left a lot of fans disappointed. To compound problems, the highly sought-after tickets were available only on Monday, three days before the start of the match, making it difficult for fans from outside Mumbai to make plans for the Test.

On Sunday, a MCA press release stated that 3500 tickets would be distributed to the public through the website kyazoonga.com from 11 am on Monday. However, the website crashed as soon as it opened, again raising questions over why the MCA didn't sell at least some of the tickets offline.

The MCA's logic was that there would have been chaos had they sold tickets at the venue, due to the heavy demand. "Who says tickets were not put on sale?" Ravi Savant, a MCA vice-president told ESPNcricinfo. "We have certain channels through which tickets find their way to the members of public. There is a commitment that we give tickets first to our clubs, then the gymkhanas and then the Garware Club House. These clubs then in turn sell it to their members, who are members of the public.

"Instead of opening five windows outside the ground, these are our windows."

When asked about fans without an internet connection having no opportunity of getting tickets, Savant said he could understand their issue but MCA could not satisfy every fan's demand. "If the capacity is 30,000 and the demand is 30 lakhs I cannot give tickets to everyone. Also if I say I am releasing 5000 tickets to the public through our ticket windows and there are 50,000 people who turn out and there is chaos, what I should do? And even if I had put 30,000 tickets, there would always be a heavy demand."

Window sales have always been a contentious issue for international matches at Wankhede, which has a capacity of 32,000. The MCA, as per their agreements with the Garware Club House and Tatas, have to hand over almost 13,000 tickets to the two organisations. Besides, they also have to cater to other BCCI units, BCCI sponsors, their own sponsors and the state government, which has leased the land of the stadium to MCA. Add to that 25 tickets being distributed to each of MCA's 329 affiliated clubs at subsidised rate and 500 tickets to be handed over to Tendulkar for his farewell Test, and the MCA could only manage to sell 5000 tickets directly to paying public.

Of these 5000 tickets, 1500 were being sold as hospitality tickets ­ on the upper tier of the Sachin Tendulkar Stand ­ considering the high demand from overseas fans. Priced at Rs 10,000 per ticket, these tickets are being sold on a first-come-first-served basis based on applications MCA has been receiving. The remaining 3500 tickets are supposed to be sold via kyazoonga.

According to Savant, kyazoonga officials had assured MCA the glitch with the website would be resolved soon and that online sales would re-start quickly. Only tickets priced at Rs 500, 1000 and 2500 were being sold via the internet. "We had given the contract to sell online tickets to an agency but due to some problems with the website the sale had to be stalled," Savant said. "The problem is being repaired and we have been assured it will restart soon."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo; Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on November 11, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    KyaZoonga.com witnesses record number of hits for Sachin's farewell match The official ticketing partner appointed by MCA clocks in more than 19 million hits within its first hour of ticket sales

    KyaZoonga today announced that the company has witnessed an unprecedented amount of traffic on its website given the excitement around Sachin Tendulkar's farewell match. Demand for tickets for this match is massive but the system is continuously transacting. Some people experienced delays in accessing the ticketing site following a surge in traffic around 11am this morning with a record 19.7 million hits within the first hour. Even as high levels of traffic continue to be sustained, transactions are being processed during this period.

  • Jalz007 on November 11, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    What a nightmare for the fans to endure!!!The MCA knew well in hand that this will Tendulkar's last farewell match, and should have anticipated the demand & the chaos that would emerge for the match....They should have planned well in advance & announced beforehand to the paying public, the means of buying the tickets. Who will compensate the heart-broken person who would have waited months together, to buy a ticket, to witness the god of cricket's final hurrah!!!

  • BULTY on November 14, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    What I had written in this thread, two days back about complimentary passes likely to be black marketed, has after all come true. Today's news on the electronic media reports touts black marketing complimentary passes at abnormal prices ranging upto 10K Rs. The VVIPs should enjoy the match free of cost, while the cricket loving public should pay through their nose. WAH BHAI WAH!! Now we know why this much hype & all other blah blah were created

  • on November 13, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    The site crashed when they put 2011 World Cup tickets too. At that time also, for the final, they released only 5000 tickets to public, out of that only around 2000 or 3000 were available online.

  • chin-music on November 13, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    The way the paying public is treated by Indian cricket adminsitrators is disgusting & sad - but also thoroughly deserved & in large measure, self inflicted by the masses. It is only because of the herd mentality & blind hero worshipping nature of Indian fans that BCCI marketing machine holds such enormous clout & can act with such unbelievable arrogance - like only 3500 out of 30,000 tcikets will be sold to paying public, rest are for the cozy elite. In any other country , paying public would not take this lying down - & simply pull the plug on this sham by tuning off cricket itself. Unfortunately in India, the hapless fellows who suffer in fruitless ticket lines are also the same guys who keep this inane hype like "cricket is my religion" etc alive - something that the BCCI marketing machine then cannily monetizes into the arrogant clout that comes back to ultimately bite it's foot soliders.

  • on November 13, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Much ado about nothing! How many people go and watch a 5-day test match? In this case, some may want to go, not because they are connoisseurs of cricket; but for making a brownie point that, "I was there", to friends, relatives and to their grand children, years from now. Now, if they really didn't want to go, they got a good excuse as to how and why their great plans "to be part of history" was thwarted by Kyazoonga!

    But Kyazoonka also have a ready repartee, "Kya doonga, hum (what can we give); when we, any way, didn't have much to give?

  • AshesErnie on November 12, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    Harmony111, everybody in the cricket world knows that Tests in India have been poorly attended for decades, the 'technical reasons' you suggest are simply not enough bums to sit on the seats because, generally, not many can be bothered. And, since you ask, my experiences of turning up to watch Test cricket in India and talk to Indian fans confirm this.

    Now there's a little chance to be one of the few who can say, 'I was there for SRT's last match', you're going bananas about maladministration which a child could have predicted. I'm merely asking, where were you for the first 199 (or at least the home matches of the 199)? I may well have seen SRT play more Tests than you.

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    30000 seats if sold 30000*5 days willget 150000 fans opertunity , why sell one ticket for 5 days in such scenario.

  • on November 12, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Heard the latest, in the Cocktail circles in Mumbai? "The best corporate gift for this holiday season is a ticket to the next Test Match at Wankhede! Or, a pair if you are a couple", Flaunting that gift ticket will be a status symbol for a while !

  • on November 12, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    @Kollis Smith - Mate rather than SRT scoring 10 against Windies, I would have rather seen him get out to a Dale Steyn that's my point. Plus I believe after watching SRT's gutsy innings at Lahili on a green pitch, he definitely would have hit at least 75-80 runs in SA.. May b u din't see that innings so u might not agree with me. @Joe_Anthony - Mate agreed he should have retired post 2011 WC but now that he continued, he definitely shld have finished his career against SA. He started his career against an awesome Pak bowling line up & shld have ended with SA's awesome bowling line up after getting some valuable runs. @Thedreamer - Buddy everyone knows that SRT wanted to travel to SA so this wasn't entirely his decision but won't disagree with u that he is a selfish person but has won & saved us a lot of games so in the end he should have gone gracefully..

  • on November 11, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    KyaZoonga.com witnesses record number of hits for Sachin's farewell match The official ticketing partner appointed by MCA clocks in more than 19 million hits within its first hour of ticket sales

    KyaZoonga today announced that the company has witnessed an unprecedented amount of traffic on its website given the excitement around Sachin Tendulkar's farewell match. Demand for tickets for this match is massive but the system is continuously transacting. Some people experienced delays in accessing the ticketing site following a surge in traffic around 11am this morning with a record 19.7 million hits within the first hour. Even as high levels of traffic continue to be sustained, transactions are being processed during this period.

  • Jalz007 on November 11, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    What a nightmare for the fans to endure!!!The MCA knew well in hand that this will Tendulkar's last farewell match, and should have anticipated the demand & the chaos that would emerge for the match....They should have planned well in advance & announced beforehand to the paying public, the means of buying the tickets. Who will compensate the heart-broken person who would have waited months together, to buy a ticket, to witness the god of cricket's final hurrah!!!

  • BULTY on November 14, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    What I had written in this thread, two days back about complimentary passes likely to be black marketed, has after all come true. Today's news on the electronic media reports touts black marketing complimentary passes at abnormal prices ranging upto 10K Rs. The VVIPs should enjoy the match free of cost, while the cricket loving public should pay through their nose. WAH BHAI WAH!! Now we know why this much hype & all other blah blah were created

  • on November 13, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    The site crashed when they put 2011 World Cup tickets too. At that time also, for the final, they released only 5000 tickets to public, out of that only around 2000 or 3000 were available online.

  • chin-music on November 13, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    The way the paying public is treated by Indian cricket adminsitrators is disgusting & sad - but also thoroughly deserved & in large measure, self inflicted by the masses. It is only because of the herd mentality & blind hero worshipping nature of Indian fans that BCCI marketing machine holds such enormous clout & can act with such unbelievable arrogance - like only 3500 out of 30,000 tcikets will be sold to paying public, rest are for the cozy elite. In any other country , paying public would not take this lying down - & simply pull the plug on this sham by tuning off cricket itself. Unfortunately in India, the hapless fellows who suffer in fruitless ticket lines are also the same guys who keep this inane hype like "cricket is my religion" etc alive - something that the BCCI marketing machine then cannily monetizes into the arrogant clout that comes back to ultimately bite it's foot soliders.

  • on November 13, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Much ado about nothing! How many people go and watch a 5-day test match? In this case, some may want to go, not because they are connoisseurs of cricket; but for making a brownie point that, "I was there", to friends, relatives and to their grand children, years from now. Now, if they really didn't want to go, they got a good excuse as to how and why their great plans "to be part of history" was thwarted by Kyazoonga!

    But Kyazoonka also have a ready repartee, "Kya doonga, hum (what can we give); when we, any way, didn't have much to give?

  • AshesErnie on November 12, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    Harmony111, everybody in the cricket world knows that Tests in India have been poorly attended for decades, the 'technical reasons' you suggest are simply not enough bums to sit on the seats because, generally, not many can be bothered. And, since you ask, my experiences of turning up to watch Test cricket in India and talk to Indian fans confirm this.

    Now there's a little chance to be one of the few who can say, 'I was there for SRT's last match', you're going bananas about maladministration which a child could have predicted. I'm merely asking, where were you for the first 199 (or at least the home matches of the 199)? I may well have seen SRT play more Tests than you.

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    30000 seats if sold 30000*5 days willget 150000 fans opertunity , why sell one ticket for 5 days in such scenario.

  • on November 12, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Heard the latest, in the Cocktail circles in Mumbai? "The best corporate gift for this holiday season is a ticket to the next Test Match at Wankhede! Or, a pair if you are a couple", Flaunting that gift ticket will be a status symbol for a while !

  • on November 12, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    @Kollis Smith - Mate rather than SRT scoring 10 against Windies, I would have rather seen him get out to a Dale Steyn that's my point. Plus I believe after watching SRT's gutsy innings at Lahili on a green pitch, he definitely would have hit at least 75-80 runs in SA.. May b u din't see that innings so u might not agree with me. @Joe_Anthony - Mate agreed he should have retired post 2011 WC but now that he continued, he definitely shld have finished his career against SA. He started his career against an awesome Pak bowling line up & shld have ended with SA's awesome bowling line up after getting some valuable runs. @Thedreamer - Buddy everyone knows that SRT wanted to travel to SA so this wasn't entirely his decision but won't disagree with u that he is a selfish person but has won & saved us a lot of games so in the end he should have gone gracefully..

  • thedreamer on November 12, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I partly agree with Surajrises. Sachin should have played against SA and helped the team regain No.1 rankings. But it wasn't BCCI's fault for him not playing the SA series, the fault lies on himself. He should not have retired after the 200th Test, but rather should have made himself available for THE series, which he didn't. A tad selfish, maybe? And honestly, does Mumbai deserve to host his farewell match considering that they jeered their very son some years back. Chepauk would have been a better venue than Wankhede given his success in that venue.

  • thedreamer on November 12, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I partly agree with Surajrises. Sachin should have played against SA and helped the team regain No.1 rankings. But it wasn't BCCI's fault for him not playing the SA series, the fault lies on himself. He should not have retired after the 200th Test, but rather should have made himself available for THE series, which he didn't. A tad selfish, maybe?

  • Prats6 on November 12, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    I believe that Internet was still the best method of selling the tickets and given the occasion the demand was too be expected. But only 3500 tickets? Is this a joke? You mean to say that the common Indian fan, which pretty much pays for all the hoopla around cricket is the most neglected lot?

  • brusselslion on November 12, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    It's a unique event (SRT's retirement) so my view on things:

    1. Clearly there was going to be excess demand for tickets whenever they went on sale. So it was pretty much an unavoidable situtaion. 2. Sales outlets: No perfect answer. Not everyone can get on-line easily, but selling at the ground could have lead to physical injuries so, on balance, probably the right decision. 3. Website: Given the demand, it was almost inevitable that the website would crash at some point 4. Lack of tickets for the general public: (Is Tatas the Tata Group?). +/-7500 tickets went to cricket clubs and SRT which seems fair enough to me. Let's say 6500 went to Garware (again fair enough IMO). That leaves 18k of which 5k is for the general public, so 13k tickets for Tatas and corporates. Therefore, +/-40% of tickets is the price for corporate sponsorship for this, and maybe, other high profile events. Everyone will have their own views about whether that is a price worth paying.

  • latecut_04 on November 12, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    With a heavy heart I have to pen down a few comments here.some of the comments or should i say blabberings of myopic,media wrenched Indian fans are a shame to Indian cricket.@Surajrises-So which team should have come to Bombay for sachin to play his lasty game???just what is your idea about test schedules around the world and how they are set up.Ever heard of a thing called FTP. Also to all commentors saying'pathetc' 'no tickets' 'public cheated' etc this farce of a series and the media hype are the biggest fiascos.Sachin's bat bid adieu to cricket atleast 2 seasons back.Will these things happen anywhere else ever again(really hope they don't).India's biggest matchwinner with the bat retired last year ofcourse in his typical dignifed,professional and ethical manner..and that is Rahul Sarat Dravid.Arranging a series for a player's retirement.!Rest of the world is jeering.Ofcourse BCCI hears and sees only money.sigh

  • on November 12, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    @joe_Anthony So you don't care? So why bother commenting? watch something else and leave Sachin fans alone dude. I understand that Sachin bashing is fashionable and probably gives you some sort of satisfaction. but this is a special moment for Sachin and his milkions of fans. nobody likes a crybaby my friend. move on.

  • Rathan-S on November 12, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @Surajrises : Rightly put mate. That would've been a great ending for his career. Anyway farewell Sachin! thanks for the memories.

  • on November 12, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    @surajrises...I dont see your logics in saying it would have been better to play against the no.1 team, bcz there is no way india's batting would be able to stand up to the likes of SA pacers since their top order cant even stand up to the bowling of 'minnows' like west indies...fact is Sachin's farewell would be better off ending on a winning note AT HIS HOME GROUND than on a loosing note away from home...regardless of the crowd

  • joe_antony on November 12, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    @Surajrises Be realistic, Sachin had much better stage set for hiim.. the 2011 world cup, he should have gone by then.

  • joe_antony on November 12, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Tickets are being sold at the rate of 32k min outside, my question to everyone... is it worth it? To me, its all total rubbish 'being the part of a history', 'watch god for one last time' ah! Please be candid, this same crowd wanted to see him go and wrote numerous comments on prolonged career, and now this insanity. Sachin was great when he was great, but he was carried as dead weight even after that and for a long time, blocking opportunity of others. How many of are really sad of Sachin going? I am not.

  • Surajrises on November 12, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    People are feeling bad about not getting tickets but I being a hardcore Sachin Tendulkar fan, feeling worse that his retirement was kept against the minnows like Windies! I know a lot of people who are coming from UK, US, Singapore & other parts of the world for this series so my question is wouldn't the same people who love him so much have traveled till South Africa for his farewell? More upon, there would have been more crowd capacity in South Africa and what would have been best is that SRT would have retired against the No1 Team in the world may be he would have helped once again India become No1 team after beating SA in their home turf... Feel bad for him because he was forced to quit like this! At least BCCI could have seen to it that he gets a better opposition to face, play and retire against them if it had all to end in Bombay!!!

  • on November 12, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    BCCI will have to face the wrath of this most foolish mistake in times to come. Mr. Srinivasan and Mr. Pawar - From now on, you will only be able to sell free tickets to celebrities as no common man will ever buy a ticket for a test match.

    Mind you, it is not the celebrities who made you become the richest cricket board, it is the common man and his love for cricket and love for Sachin. All the best !!!!

  • on November 12, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    During many test matches in India, stadiums are not filled up, in recent years. Even if the Test is momentous as Sachin's farewell Test, you will find many empty seats, since most of the complementary tickets will not be used. Those who hold hem (not all, but quite a few) adopt a 'dog-in-the-manger' approach; they don't use it and do not give it away to someone who may want to use; fearing that next time he may not get a complementary ticket. Getting a complementary ticket, for them, is more prestigious than, giving it away in charity!

    Misplaced sense of prestige! What else I can say?

  • cnksnk on November 12, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Pathetic. How can only 3500 tickets be available to the public. Why give complementary tickets. Atleast 70 pc of the tickets should be ear marked for fhe public. And if either Brabone or DY Patil stadium had more capacity then the match should have been held there instead of at the Wankede with limited capacity. Surely BCCI can do better

  • on November 12, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    This was total hogwash.. Kayzoonga was down all thru the day and into evening... still 3500 tkts sold...

  • on November 12, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Sachin .. the master class .. we will really miss after your retirement .. I think it is not good for the spirits of your fans that you are retiring from the game .. You are able, young and blessed .. though slowly, you have the capacity of doing many more awesome magics .. I can't call you God of any thing as my religion does not prrmit me .. but I can say that as a cricketer you have something more than usual cricketers .. God Bless you ..

  • BULTY on November 12, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    The attitude of MCA/BCCI in allotting tickets to its affiliate clubs/stake holders in the first place is not certainly the best practice. People are crazy to watch Sachin in flesh & blood in the statium rather than on TV and hence being his farewell Test appearance, the interest is going to be all the more. The authorities have known it. They should have allotted the tickets on any website authorized to sell them rather than allotting to clubs etc. By doing so, the tickets are likely to be black marketed or to someone (as rightly pointed out by someone) wanting to show off his/her fashion and yawning away the whole day rather than watch the game with interest. Once Sachin departs from the scene, these guys/gals are likely to vanish from the stadium and it's gonna be empty & then is it not a colossal waste? What sort of a policy is this. As again rightly pointed out, it is paying public who enjoy the game Sachin on field or not. Policy needs to be revisited; there's still time left.l

  • SUNBAL on November 12, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    With only 5000 tickets and of that 1500 for outsiders the fans must indeed feel frustrated. This is indeed a case of bad planning. Indian sports has been usurped by bureaucrats for their own welfare and the public at large are left in the lurch. It is time we change the sports bodies and claim the people's rights. We call ourself a democracy but the public here has no rights. It is time we change the way we run things in India.

  • on November 12, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Nice way thought out by the MCA indeed of depriving the 'general Cricket lovers' i.e public not to allow watching Sachin play !! We forget that ' The Elite Clubs & associates' are 'True Cricket lovers' and so tickets must be presented to them !!! Worst part is the Vice President Says that Mumbai has thirty lakh people while Wankhede has 39000 cap and so 29, 61,000 will be deprived !!!! The VP forgets that out of the 39000 only 4500 are for the "general public" (& rest all are complimentary) which is his doing & yet he comfortably forgets it when talking to TV.

  • Gully_11 on November 12, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    I believe that the people who come to watch him or a team play in the stadium are the die hard fans and cricket lovers. Distributing only 3000 odd tickets considering the huge fab base certainly lead to online chaos. I wont be surprised to see people reading books, chatting, sleeping in the stadium when the pace of the match is slow, as free things has no value according to me.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 12, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    @B.C.G: It seems you paid more attention to AshesErnie's comments than mine. Anyway, planning is something Indians HARDLY do. Most things are done in the last minute. It applies to everyday life of Indians, their social values, commitments and stuff. Some young generation Indians are trying to change that aspect of Indian life. But that will never happen given the complex dynamics of India the nation. Another stupidity clearly on display in the comments here is that 'some' people are blaming the MCA for no reason. Guys please keep in mind that NOBODY knew Tendulkar was going to retire until few weeks back. So how in the hell could the MCA have accurately planned and commissioned ticked sales well ahead of time ? So there we go. Those of you who are calling the MCA 'brainless' are really the ones without brains here. I also don't think any English cricketer would have announced his retirement at least 1 year back given the funny comments from some English supporters here.

  • ashok16 on November 12, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    Yes, I think one can reliably say that the stadium will be about a third empty on the first day.

  • on November 12, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    @ Madan Shivakumar: Eden Garden's capacity is about 66000 whereas in Mumbai its only 32000. So, even a half full Eden, has more people than this ground can accommodate. And taking into consideration that this is Tendulkar's farewell match and that too in his home ground, I don't think MCA is exaggerating reagrding the ticket sales issues!

  • on November 12, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    For a moment, let us imagine, that Sachin had kept his decision to himself and announced it on the last day of the Mumbai test. How nice it would have been. How much of the wasted efforts at Calcutta would not have wasted! How much more spontaneous and intense the feelings of his fans would have been, instead of a "long drawn out farewell extravaganza ", whic is already losing its steam. That would have been a real surprise; a romantic farewell.

    The only advantage in the current situation is that even if he bags a pair in his last match, there will not be plethora of negative comments. That is all. Yes, that also perhaps matters to him. Not to his true admirers!

    Even if this Mumbai Test was to be his swansong; it could have been a private arrangement between him and the BCCI. He wanted his mom and the venerable coach from the Sradhasram School days, to be present at the ground. That is a perfectly and laudable desire for a good guy like Sachin. Even that could have been fulfilled.

  • ProdigyA on November 12, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    What is the point, the stadium would be half empty anyway just like it happened in Kolkota. People keep saying that the tickets are sold out but the stands are still empty. Officials should re-sell the tickets of people who do not turn up to the game after one hour.

  • on November 12, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    This is not unheard of in any part of the world for any big game. What happened to online sale of London Olympic tickets even to those who registered 2 years in advance, their website crashed hundreds of time. Same thing happens in any major concert or gig in UK or western world on regular basis. Lords and Oval as well as whole ECB sale their limited Ashes tickets by lottery after giving enough to clubs, Counties and MCC members who don't even bother to turn up if weather is bad forecast. Seen it over and over again. I bought tickets for last World cup Cricket in India through KyaZoonga website in 2011 from UK.

  • on November 11, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    This was an opportunity to make money. Raise ticket prices to the skies so that only the rich can afford it. The others can watch it in the comfort of their homes, with a cold sherbet nearby. It won't cost them anything and they will be spared the heat of a muggy day.

  • PratUSA on November 11, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    I tried for at least 3 hours to buy tickets. I was able to add tickets to cart at least a dozen times but it never allowed me to pay. MCA didn't even announce on their website regarding ticket sale. Ravi Sawant says they are giving away INR 10,000 tickets on application being received. Now where is the application form or any information about it on their website? This is another case of mismanagement after world cup final. I have watched cricket in many countries and by far try to watch a game in India is worst experience a fan can ever have.

  • on November 11, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Total idiocy right there. If you decide to sell 5000 offline and 50,000 shows up, have you ever heard of something called forming lines and using crowd controllers? Don't blame your inefficiency on the system.

  • Harmony111 on November 11, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    @AshesErnie & B.C.G:

    If that is so then it means that for a nation that supposedly loves test cricket so much 9 months are needed to sell the tickets of a Lord's test matc??? What wonderful demand & craze isn't it?

    Btw Ernie, who told you that the grounds have been empty during the prev tests of Sachin? You are building your wrong impression based on some other wrong impressions of others who built them on some footage that showed empty sections that were empty due to technical reasons.

    Or are you saying that a 5 day test match should register full occupancy for 9 hours a day for 5 days?

    Do you guys know the web site in India was down in 15 mins flat? Had this been done 15 days or 30 days back then too the results would have been the same.

    When you pit low supply against strong demand that exists not merely due to strong need but on intense passion then such things are unavoidable.

    Btw, pls compare 15 mins to 270 days before making any more comments.

  • Harmony111 on November 11, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Alright guys, the kyazoonga web site has crashed due to heavy traffic and we are blaming the site, MCA and BCCI.

    Suppose this had not been done? Suppose BCCI/MCA had decided to sell the tickets using the normal way i.e at the counters. Would that have been any less chaotic? We would have seen 15,00 ppl on each counter for sure. And cos all if it would have been in a physical world, cases of clashes, ruckus would have definitely taken place. Would you have wanted that?

    Do you remember what happened for the Bengaluru Tickets in the WC2011? There were multiple instances of the police having to resort to baton charge.

    I do agree that keeping mere 5,000 tickets for the general public is a bit weird but do the general public have any special right over the tickets than those who actually support the running of the MCA all the year long? Should the office bearers not get this privilege? They are the ones who pay membership fees, vote on proposals & administer it after all.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on November 11, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    This happens.. when you look at the magnitude of this game.. You can accommodate Million people in stadium...many will have to be disappointed

  • Tijara on November 11, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Let us request Sachin to continue playing cricket till the demand of all fans are met!

  • B.C.G on November 11, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster-Check out AahesErnie's comment regarding the Lord's test.

  • CodandChips on November 11, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    In part, a consequence of the series being announced later than usual. Surely it would have made sense to open the application process a while a go. Compare it to England India next year at the Ageas bowl, where my and my fellow Hampshire members applied a while back, and general public also apply very early on. It does require commitment, but when would a full day of cricket not require giving up your day.

  • on November 11, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I am ashamed to be a fan of Indian cricket, especially when the BCCI doesn't care about me, only 10,000 tickets are available to the common public and I am sure even those numbers are little higher, I never understood why the families of Maharashtra cricket association are more important than non family members. I understand tickets should be reserved for workers but there should be a limit, as in One ticket per member but over 65% are given to the families, not fair :-(..... too bad nobody will change this.

  • Nutcutlet on November 11, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Is this the dignified exit all true fans of cricket (not even Indian) wanted for a modern great? Perhaps those responsible for the 'fiasco' need to use that most revealing of all accoutrements: a mirror. And to all the well-connected, hangers-on and relatives, politicoes, police commissioners & associates: have a great party. What do care you for your excluded countrymen & women? Don't give them a second thought... no change there, then.

  • on November 11, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    it sounds strange considering that just a half full Eden was on display during sachin s 199 th test! I wonder if the MCA is spicing up the issue with a flavour of its own....when people can have a clear glimpse of the man in the middle in the comfort of their houses on their LCDs I don't think they l waste their working hours just to buy a ticket (especially in a city like Mumbai)

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 11, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Some people here have absolutely NO CLUE about Indian life, its people, and social values. Yet, they come in and provide baseless ideas and thoughts without prior research. Having been born to Indian parents and having visited the country on many occasions in the past, I can tell one thing - the population alone is enough to bring chaos to the country. It is funny when people compare India with the UK just as my good friend Nutcutlet. The UK has a fraction of India's population. You see, planning goes hand in hand with the number of people in a country. The city of Mumbai alone has a population that is twice the size of London, Manchester and several English cities combined. The fact of the matter is, the Wankhede Stadium can only seat around 40,000 people at peak; the population of Mumbai is in the millions. How can you provide ticket to every one ? No matter how you plan you simply can't do it. First come, first serve is the way of Indian life. Quit comparing the UK with India.

  • DipsoManiac on November 11, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Just 3500 tickets for the common man? That's just above 10% of the total stadium capacity! This is mind boggling. Sachin Tendulkar has been adored by the common man for quarter of the century and BCCI thanks them by allowing just 3500 tickets to go on sale. No wonder the interests in tests is at an all time low in India. People have a hard time buying tickets at a fair price and even if they manage to get one, the horrific experience fans have to go through at the ground ensures that they will never come back. Why even bother with the token sale of 3500 tickets? Let them go to the relatives and friends of ministers, board members, police commissioners and other high ranking BCCI, MCA, state & central government officials.

  • borninthetimeofSRT on November 11, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Its very unfortunate. But considering the intensity and the high profile of this test match at the high profile venue, one can't complain that all MCA and BCCI officials and their families and extended families, the Bollywood contingent and IPL owners and their families and extended families, the Police Commissioner and his family and their extended families, the Chief Minister and the Maharashtra Govt MPs and MLAs, the MNS and the SS and their families and extended families and all of the aboves' Z security personals must get the opportunity first to see the great batsman and for once deprive the common man and the common fan a chance to see their hero for one last time.

  • vish2020 on November 11, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Sachin is retiring... what did you guys expect? it's no one's fault. Sachin and his fans can even make google go down in an hour. The greatest of all time is retiring so anything can happen.

  • Amit_M30 on November 11, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    After trying for 10 hours continuously, since 10:30 in the morning, I was able to make through one transaction and that too I was charged and no confirmation was issued. I have been following since last 5 hours but no response whatsoever from kyazoonga. But this is not the best part, the best part is when I call the customer care, they say the line is busy. Do they have just one line ? Seriously. n BCCI thought this was a natuaral choice. I am sure tomorrow when the 24hour customer service resumes, hey will say the tickets are sold and cannot issue me, when they have already charged me.

  • AshesErnie on November 11, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Although for different reasons, this isn't far removed from trying to get tickets for a Lord's Ashes Test. Luckily, MCC think ahead to avoid last minute panic and are taking applications already for July 2014 Test v India. Perhaps the safest solution is for SRT to get injured and withdraw from this circus.

  • third_man on November 11, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Uhm, where were these so-called "fans" during the last several dozen test matches played in India? No one attends test matches anymore and now everyone is upset because they can't attend his last one?

  • on November 11, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    I really don't have much sympathy towards the public in this instance. Anyone who wants to watch a game solely because it's "Tendulkar's last game" isn't a true fan of cricket, but is acting more like a groupie. Don't worry people, Tendulkar is already way past his prime and we will no doubt see replays of his game for years to come. Wish people cared 10% as much about test cricket in general as they do to our famous players.

  • on November 11, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    only sachin can do this.................

  • InsideHedge on November 11, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    In a city with a population of approximately 12 million people, they've got a stadium with a measly capacity of 32K. Of this, a large percentage is reserved for the back scratchers, the actual number of tickets available to the common man barely crosses 10,000.

    And this is the so-called improved version of Mumbai cricket, recall the BCCI was in a dispute with CCI (Brabourne Stadium) deeming them too elitist. You couldn't make this stuff up.

  • AshesErnie on November 11, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    We can be absolutely 100% certain that there is not a sniff of skullduggery in any aspect of ticketing for this match. I have no doubt everything is being done by the book. People of India have had 24 years and about 100 SRT Tests to watch him and most of the time the grounds have been empty. Should have turned up to some other Tests.

  • Rahulbose on November 11, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Tickets being in high demand was expected. The organizers are correct in not selling tickets at the booth. That would surely lead to a riot or a stampede. The more shameful fact is that Kolkata test had empty stands during many sessions. When Indians don't show up for Tendulkar's final test you know test cricket is dead.

  • InsideHedge on November 11, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I'll be surprised if even ONE DAY of this Test Match is SOLD OUT. We read the hype for the Kolkatta game, all that 199 farce, rose petals, masks blah blah. The ground was 1/2 empty, the first day was pathetic as the fans wait to see who wins the toss.

    Even ODIs don't sell out anymore, empty seats can be visibly seen. It seems T20s are the only sell outs, and even this format will soon tire. Pity, SRT's last match is deserving of a FULL HOUSE.

  • on November 11, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    India is justified in revering Tendulkar. However, it is timely that this mania subsides because they are easily overlooking great talent. I for one am happy for Kohli for instance. In my view, he has already shown more steadfastness and aggression in reversing losses to victories. Tendulkar may have lots of runs, but as to how many of those runs were scored under pressure situations and brought victory for India is questionable.

  • srinkris on November 11, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Whats up with these guys !! Its just a test match.. it will be more glad if this is the case for every test match being played in India.. A big sigh ... this time for the maniacal followers.. No player can or is bigger than the GAME..

  • on November 11, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    love you sachin...not only the nation the whole world is gonna miss you..

  • Skylight28 on November 11, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    I empathize with the organizers. This is a tough problem to solve, and lets face it, we don't have the best problem solvers/managers in MCA and other MCA-like organizations. Firstly, the MCA's hands are tied in how many tickets they can sell. Secondly, they are correct to assume that if they sold all 3,500 on-site then it would be very chaotic. Selling them on the internet is a good (and probably the only) alternative. That said, the internet selling should have been managed better. This is done regularly around the world, so its hardly a new problem to solve. Announce the website early, so people can plan and buy earlier. This way, even the people without regular internet access can find temporary solutions to be on the internet to buy tickets. Also, this is also not the first time that they've had problems with Kyazoonga. So why not let Kyazoonga go and try a new provider?

  • on November 11, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    As soon as I posted a comment suggesting that let us all enjoy it on the TV, I realized, my naivety....

    As soon as the third day's play (1st Test match was over) all my Starsports channels, 1,2,3... up to infinity ... and HD, HC, HB, HA. Ha ha ha ...had gone blank. Till this moment the signals are not back. As usual, when such a thing happens, all phone lines of the cable operator go down and you just get engaged signal, all the time! I tried even in the wee hours of he mornings,on two consecutive days, with no success. And I amtoo old to locate and chase them physically.

    For you guys who are still young and /or healthy enough: "Chase your cable operator to be up-to-date with their payments to the Broadcasters." And, if you fail, welcome back to Cricinfo!

  • on November 11, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Ahmed....pls see his 1st test century,and century vs Eng at Chennai(India needed 387 on last day's wearing and tearing pitch

  • dailycric on November 11, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    So on the one hand, you have a situation where most Test matches in India are played on empty grounds. On the other hand, you have a situation where Test matches for which there is demand basically bars the common man from entering. To get even the handful of tickets that have not already been distributed to administrators, businesses and their cronies, you have to be well enough off to have an internet connection! As Rahul Dravid had described in his stunning Bradman Oration, the Indian cricket team has been democratized over the past decade, so that more and more players are making it from small towns - Mohammed Shami's rise from Moradabad is the latest example. But the Indian cricket public, at the same time, is becoming more and more stratified, to the extent that now even watching a cricket match at the ground has become something requiring money or connections. Shame on the MCA!

  • on November 11, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    The MCA is covering up all mistakes that they have made. When I called the Wankhede stadium on October 16th, they said the information can be obtained on newspapers on November 1st. There was no information on November 1st and then onwards they had disconnected their phone lines making it impossible for anyone to get information. It is known that everybody can't get tickets. But, the sale should at least happen 2 weeks before the match and not 3 days before on a website who have the most horrible history of selling tickets.

  • on November 11, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    why wouldn't BCCI come up with a solution of declaring a quarterly ticket (for 2 or 3 hours only) on a given day for the span of 5 days, rather than for the whole day. At least this way many Indian would be able to bid farewell and witness his last game live at least for couple of hours!!

  • on November 11, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Despite being a great Sachin fan I must say that Tendulkar had only 2 weaknesses throughout his carreer (Must mention all other batsmen had lot more) 1. He couldn't bat on moving & uneven bouncing wicket. 2) He got nervous in 90s and while finishing a chase like he succumbed chasing 350 against aus scoring 170, He succumbed against Pak in test in 1999 scoring 135, He scored only 1 100 & 8 nervous 90s in 2007 & scored 1 100 & 7 nervous 90 from March 201 till date

  • foursandsixes on November 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    I bet there will be a lot of vacant seats visible on the television. These rich people only want the option of being able to go to the game!

  • on November 11, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Website crashes, no sales at counters | Curator won't be swayed by Tendulkar emotion That's the Power Of god :D

  • on November 11, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    The website did not have enough capacity to handle the Load. I belive it had more than a lakh of people accessing at the same time. My Referesh button was in a complete damage. I am from Chennai and I finally Booked it online with so much of patience...Sachin Here i come to Mumbai...

  • vatsap on November 11, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    What are the chances that we are going to see half empty stands in Mumbai. Most of the tickets would be taken as "complimentary" tickets and none of these fans would turn up, depriving the regular fans. It is the same story in most centers in India. Personally prefer Test matches any day in Chennai as I can get tickets relatively easily.

    If the BCCI is smart to meet their revenue targets, they will schedule ODI's and T20 in all centers to promote the game. Let them schedule Tests in 5-6 locations (Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Mohali --> Poor crowds, ). The Ground that has the best infra support for viewers should get preference for Test matches. For the shorter version it doesn't matter as no one cares, neither the fans nor the BCCI.

  • on November 11, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    I can see the point in not trying to sell the 5000 tickets at the counters, there was a possibility of huge crowds and unruly behavior as soon as the tickets would have sold out.

  • on November 11, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    What an appalling way to treat cricket fans. This can only happen in India. In UK, tickets are sold months in advance via postal ballots or online. Thus, one can plan their leave and maybe a holiday, well in advance.

  • Cyril_Knight on November 11, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    What happened about supporting Team India? Will all these people moaning want a ticket next series with no Sachin? Like it or not, the corporate sponsors rule Indian cricket, you can't have your IPL without them.

  • on November 11, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    BCCI will always be BCCI

  • on November 11, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    This is not an excuse that there will be chaos and all that.When god of cricket"SACHIN TENDULKAR" is retiring from Test cricket ,u can expect chaos.Yes there will be a lot of people.But this is your job MCA.You have not planned well in advance.Your planning ,organising,co-ordination is poor and thats all i can say.Well i think selling tickets only online is not a good idea because some people don't have net banking,credit cards etc.Instead you should have sold tickets offline.Yeah there will be chaos but you need to manage.

  • tickcric on November 11, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    This problem, having very few tickets available to public directly,has magnified in recent years. Interestingly this has coincided with falling number of spectators (test matches) in Indian grounds. Tickets were given to clubs and corporate sponsors earlier too but now they are almost taking all the tickets. As a result odds of getting a ticket is extremely low, unless you know the "proper channels". Also this has effectively increased price of the tickets. When you try to buy ticket through this alternate channels like clubs, etc you never know how much you have to pay for it. So basically it has sidelined a large proportion of cricket loving spectators through price and accessibility hindrances.

    I remember buying tickets from the counter for the historic India v Australia test match in Kolkata '01. I wanted to watch Sachin's 199th Test too but the moment I learnt just 5000 tickets (out of 68000) are available directly from CAB (website only) I refused to buy as a silent protest.

  • on November 11, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    you can show your love to sachin, if you have extra money or political influence... finally the brand ''sachin'' also felt into the Indian politics.

  • Goju on November 11, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Hmmm... definitely given a HUGE quota to clubs. The Cricket Club of India, an affiliate club of MCA and operators of the prestigious Brabourne Stadium, got a quota of 10 tickets for its members on a first come first serve basis. That is 10 tickets in total not per member!

    All I can say is, I hope Tendulkar is the last legend from Mumbai. MCA does not deserve any Test matches. The state of the new stadium is already derelict. For first class matches the toilets are not in operation, there is no availability of water let alone food, and half the seats are covered in crow droppings.

  • WalkingWicket11 on November 11, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Great news. Wouldn't it be nice if the much hyped 200th Test will be played in a half-empty stadium? No disrespect to the Master, but those greedy BCCI and MCA officials deserve it, for trying to sell the Master's last match as some cheap sideshow.

  • santoshjohnsamuel on November 11, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Tendulkar's last match, his home ground the venue, a retirement in tune with what the corporate world was hoping for, a media frenzy that's been going on for the past month, BCCI manning the show, the home of Pawar, plus the fact that many men of influence from the field of - you name it - politics, industry, films, sports, embassies, and the rest would not want to miss out on this 'opportunity'. The ordinary fan trying to get hold of a ticket under these circumstances? Get a break guys. This show is not meant for us, not the stadium version of it at least. Watch it on TV, and you might save some money and avoid heartburn.

  • ramshankarp on November 11, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Why cant it be given theatre rights and shown through big screens in theatres. atleast this will give diverted solution and satisfaction to fans to watch the match together and with make noises/comments.

  • Aayan25 on November 11, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Bignews!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Out of 30,000 seats in the stadium, only 6000 seats are available for the fans..... rest all for Clubs..what a shame.

  • Carry-Your-Bat on November 11, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    5,000 tickets only made available to general public out of 32,000. Entry to stadium for those who have more than extra money....for those who have association with clubs....for the influencers....for the politicians...for the those who have connections...

    How about the common fan who probably loves cricket more than these in the network...but cant hold a ticket just because he doesn't have such a connection.

    Didn't we witness this during world cup..."I am superior to you the common fan...because I have connection to so and so"

    What a shame!

  • on November 11, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    The perfect case would be to shift the match to Dr D Y Patil Cricket Stadium where the total capacity is close to 60,000. Also this stadium is much more advanced compare to Wankhede. We have seen the same stadium organizing IPL matches with success ! Again the internal politics plays a part and suffered in general fans !

  • Joey2306 on November 11, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    There are a few here who r suggesting stadium will be half empty...i can guarantee on the day when Sachin is suppose to come to bat ...u wont find a single empty seat. As for tickets being given at the counter.... it is a huge chaos...this from someone who was stuck in a lathi charge to get tickets for a match at wankhade. Idea of online tickets was fine if only the website could ensure smooth operation. So blame kyazoonga.

    Also MCA giving tickets to its affliliated clubs is a great idea cos dont forget one of these clubs only gave india the great SACHIN and many more

  • Mucoool on November 11, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    This is ridiculous stuff from MCA...I am trying for the ticket since 11AM and still unable to get one as the website is pathetically slow. We will again see half stadium empty as the celebrities and VIP wont come to see the entire match. Instead they should have given daily passes to celebrities and VIPs so that realy cricket lovers would have got chance to get in.

  • on November 11, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    How strange it is that only 11% of total tickets are available for sale to common people!!!!!!!

  • cheeseburgers on November 11, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    As expected from BCCI !!!!

  • on November 11, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    BCCI as always just know how to make money. This is just one more way to please their sponsors and keep them in their good books.. after all... they dont care how the fans feel. Going by sachin's emotions towards this game, even he will be more sad than the fans for such a mess. BCCI is just disrespecting SACHIN for not allowing eligible fans to watch him play.

  • on November 11, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    My guess - MCA chose to reduce the time between actual ticket sale & the match itself to ensure that touts would not go into blackmarketing with actual tickets in hand. Now, even if blackmerketers manage to get hold of tickets, they will not have enough time to put out the word that they have tickets & try to get an escalating auction & a higher price for the ticket they have managed to get hold of. If they hold out for too much, they might get nothing.

  • heathrf1974 on November 11, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    The cricket authority should had arranged someone like ticket tech or a travel agency to sell the tickets through their stores throughout India. That would get around the lack of access to the internet by many fans.

  • nzcricket174 on November 11, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I wouldn't be surprised if half the stadium is empty, with tens of thousands waiting outside, wanting to get in.

  • on November 11, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Ravi Savant has acted very responsibly here. It would have been madness if tickets were sold via the stadium ticket windows with god knows how many casualties.

  • Nutcutlet on November 11, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Sounds like a perfect ticket storm! Brilliant for the the ticket touts who'll presumably scoop hundreds with a few clicks of the mouse (when the system is fixed), then make a monster profit on the resales. Odd, isn't it, when compared to other countries like here in UK where tickets can be bought well in advance of the match? I can for instance, enter a ballot today for a ticket online for next summer's Test at the Oval and have eleven days to do so. India does things differently &, as the headline here tells us, a fiasco ensues. Fiascoes only happen when there has been little or no planning or thought well in advance of the event. Just muddling through is not good enough for the fans in India who, from all that I have read & heard, get a lousy deal from their organisers in all respects.

  • HowlaPotta on November 11, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    So typical of Indian bureaucracy. Eventually, half the stadium will be empty while 50,000 people willing to pay for those seats will be lathi-charged outside.

  • HowlaPotta on November 11, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    So typical of Indian bureaucracy. Eventually, half the stadium will be empty while 50,000 people willing to pay for those seats will be lathi-charged outside.

  • Nutcutlet on November 11, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Sounds like a perfect ticket storm! Brilliant for the the ticket touts who'll presumably scoop hundreds with a few clicks of the mouse (when the system is fixed), then make a monster profit on the resales. Odd, isn't it, when compared to other countries like here in UK where tickets can be bought well in advance of the match? I can for instance, enter a ballot today for a ticket online for next summer's Test at the Oval and have eleven days to do so. India does things differently &, as the headline here tells us, a fiasco ensues. Fiascoes only happen when there has been little or no planning or thought well in advance of the event. Just muddling through is not good enough for the fans in India who, from all that I have read & heard, get a lousy deal from their organisers in all respects.

  • on November 11, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Ravi Savant has acted very responsibly here. It would have been madness if tickets were sold via the stadium ticket windows with god knows how many casualties.

  • nzcricket174 on November 11, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I wouldn't be surprised if half the stadium is empty, with tens of thousands waiting outside, wanting to get in.

  • heathrf1974 on November 11, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    The cricket authority should had arranged someone like ticket tech or a travel agency to sell the tickets through their stores throughout India. That would get around the lack of access to the internet by many fans.

  • on November 11, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    My guess - MCA chose to reduce the time between actual ticket sale & the match itself to ensure that touts would not go into blackmarketing with actual tickets in hand. Now, even if blackmerketers manage to get hold of tickets, they will not have enough time to put out the word that they have tickets & try to get an escalating auction & a higher price for the ticket they have managed to get hold of. If they hold out for too much, they might get nothing.

  • on November 11, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    BCCI as always just know how to make money. This is just one more way to please their sponsors and keep them in their good books.. after all... they dont care how the fans feel. Going by sachin's emotions towards this game, even he will be more sad than the fans for such a mess. BCCI is just disrespecting SACHIN for not allowing eligible fans to watch him play.

  • cheeseburgers on November 11, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    As expected from BCCI !!!!

  • on November 11, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    How strange it is that only 11% of total tickets are available for sale to common people!!!!!!!

  • Mucoool on November 11, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    This is ridiculous stuff from MCA...I am trying for the ticket since 11AM and still unable to get one as the website is pathetically slow. We will again see half stadium empty as the celebrities and VIP wont come to see the entire match. Instead they should have given daily passes to celebrities and VIPs so that realy cricket lovers would have got chance to get in.