HYDERABAD: The bonanza reaped by the cricket board through the broadcast rights given to television channels has ensured that the associations do not need to depend on the sale of tickets. For the hosting association, the money earned through the sale of tickets is like peanuts. Therefore, the associations do not put up all the tickets for sale.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium has a seating capacity of over 39,000 but the demand for tickets is many times over. The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) officials have a tough time to cater to the demands of the various segments for every international match. The clamor for complimentary passes is a never-ending one.
According to a former HCA secretary, the association sets aside around 6,500 passes to meet the needs of various departments. "To start with the BCCI has to get its quota of passes, then there are other state departments who have to be catered to. Then there are demands from others too. Some of them we cannot avoid. There is always a pressure on us to give passes but it is not possible to always meet the requirement," he said.
It is learnt that nearly 27,000 tickets are put up for sale for an international match. "Around 27,000 tickets are made available for the general public. We used to make an announcement about the sale of tickets much in advance so that the people are made aware of the sale. But unfortunately, this administration has not done that and has landed in a soup," he said and added, "Till now they have not told how many tickets have been made available for the people. This has added to the confusion and chaos."
Some members have written to the Supreme Court-appointed Supervisory Committee to look into the matter.