Thursday, February 24, 2011

ICC raps BCCI on WC ticket sale

After facing flak from the ICC over the delay in the completion of some of the World Cup venues, the Indian cricket board is now facing heat over ticket sales.

The ICC has sent an angry letter to the BCCI over the issue after thousands of cricket fans were left in the lurch when the World Cup's official ticketing website crashing because of overload.

The official site had started selling tickets for the finals and semi-finals on Monday, but within a matter of ten minutes, the website crashed as it received hits of close to ten million. The fans are upset that there are few tickets available to the general public at a venue with a very small capacity.

In his letter David Becker, legal head of the ICC, says, "The chief executive (Haroon Lorgat) has asked me to express ICC's serious concern regarding the sale and distribution of tickets. The success of the cricket World Cup depends, to a large extent, on the orderly and efficient production and distribution of tickets. The ICC is being seriously challenged and is therefore bitterly disappointed at the state of affairs, which threatens to undermine everything."

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