Indo-Pak series: Sale of tickets suspended

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

The sale of tickets for India's match against Pakistan in Karachi was suspended yesterday after trouble among ticket seekers.

Indo-Pak series: Sale of tickets suspended
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Karachi:

The sale of tickets for India's match against Pakistan in Karachi was suspended yesterday after trouble among ticket seekers. The police were forced to use force to control cricket fans, who had turned up to buy tickets for the first one-day international. Long queues of men women and children were seen since the wee hours of the morning at the National Stadium. "In the first half hour, tickets were available, then the police started hitting people with sticks," complained a cricket fan. Crickets fans tried to break into the enclosure and damage practice wickets and fencing. Ticket sales were eventually suspended till Monday. "When we discussed general enclosure, they expressed satisfaction saying people will enter from one gate and exit from the other one. But in the morning as people showed resentment, they broke the gate and then everything was disturbed. The things could not work the way we had planned," said Meer Husain Ali, District Coordination Officer. However, the PCB chief executive has reassured fans that plenty of tickets are available for the much-awaited match. The National Stadium, the largest stadium in Pakistan, has a capacity of more than 33,000 and 20 per cent of the tickets have already been sold on the Internet for the higher category enclosures.

Topics : Cricket
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