Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium was in the grips of a frenzy over ticket sales for the India Vs England World Cup match. All hell broke loose early on Thursday morning when fans who had been camping outside ticket booths since Wednesday night were not allowed to form a queue by local police. The police launched a lathi-charge to try and disperse the irate crowds who had gathered outside the stadium.
The police were acting on security concerns connected with the state budget session which was to be taking place at an official location - the Vidhana Soudha - fairly close to the stadium. However, as the morning progressed, Gates 7 and 17 were opened for sales to take place. A total of 7,000 tickers were up for grabs and were sold off in under an hour.
Addressing a press conference, Karnataka State Cricket Association Secretary (KSCA) confirmed the number of tickets put on sale, adding that it was not possible to accomodate everyone as several passes had to be handed out to associated parties to the KSCA.
Meanwhile, the ICC has sent a letter to its President Shahrd Pawar, expresing dissatisfaction at the manner in which the sales of ticket are being conducted. Apparently, the website which has sold many tickets online has not received the physical tickets from their respective stadiums for distribution.