Ranchi ODI: Dhoni's brother hits out at JSCA

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Published: Friday, January 18, 2013, 9:29 [IST]
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Ranchi, Jan 18: MS Dhoni's brother Narendra Singh Dhoni has denied reports on his family getting complimentary tickets to watch the third ODI between India and England on Saturday.

Talking to the reporters on Thursday, Narendra said "Till noon today my parents have not received any passes. What I know is that they (JSCA) have given 14 complimentary tickets to my brother-in-law (Goutam Gupta)."

Dhoni's brother hits out at JSCA

Earlier in the week, Narendra's wife stood in the queue to purchase a ticket of Rs 1500. Stating the instance, Narendra also said that the association had insulted his family by not mentioning their family in the list of invitees for the inauguration of the stadium on Friday.

"For all its political turmoil that the state is infamous for, 'Mahi' is the true ambassador of the city and state. Dhoni has put Ranchi in the world map," he said.

"But nowhere have the people mentioned my parents' names for the inauguration ceremony tomorrow. They might have been invited, but what's wrong in not announcing their names to the media. Don't they deserve to be named?" an angry Narendra, who is 10 years elder to the Indian skipper, asked.

When asked if he did not ask Dhoni for passes, Narendra said, "Do I have to ask him for every petty issue. We can afford to buy tickets."

Moreover, he said JSCA did not respond to their calls.

"All my phones to JSCA were unanswered. I called everybody from president to the secretary but nobody listened took our calls. But I've acquired ticket for tomorrow's match and have deleted the JSCA president's (Amitabh Chaudhury's) number," Narendra said.

He also slammed the association for selling the tickets in black.

"You tell me how were 19,000 tickets sold out in less than seven hours from nine counters. On the first day (January 10) the counters were open from 9am to 2pm but the next day everything was sold out in another hour's time."

"It's no secret that the tickets have gone to black markets as it's being sold at triple the amount of the tickets," he said.

Amidst issues, Narendra also expressed his happiness over Dhoni playing the ODI at Ranchi and the entire state is waiting to cheer for him.

"We all have been waiting for this occasion, for him to lead the country at the home ground. It has come true. It's time to celebrate, the whole state will cheer for Dhoni on Saturday."


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