It took thousands of cricket fans to force the HCA from its slumber and announce the sale of offline tickets beginning today.
Previously, the uncertainty surrounding the sale of tickets for the India-Australia T20 cricket match on September 25 (Sunday) left thousands of cricket-deprived fans cursing the cricket body for keeping them in the dark.
Despite the fact that the first round of tickets were sold on Paytm, with the majority of fans complaining about glitches, there was no word on the sale of offline tickets until late Wednesday night. Tickets will now be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gymkhana Cricket Grounds.
Fans from the twin cities and even neighboring districts have been thronging the Gymkhana Grounds in the hope of getting a ticket for the last few days, only to return home disappointed because it was unclear whether tickets would be sold from the counters at Gymkhana, as in the past.
On Wednesday, the scenes at the Gymkhana Grounds painted a bleak picture of how the Hyderabad Cricket Association was running the show. Many fans who have been waiting in line for tickets for the last two days are angry at the association for failing to provide information. Those who came to the stadium had to leave empty-handed, as offline ticket sales had not yet begun.
But it was the officials’ lack of communication that enraged them. The line at Gymkhana began as early as 6 a.m., and it grew larger with each passing hour. Anticipating traffic congestion in the area, police arrived to disperse the crowd, which was chanting anti-HCA slogans. However, many people rushed into the HCA office and onto the cricket field, expecting an answer.
The Paytm website, on the other hand, indicated that the tickets would be available soon. “We have almost exhausted the quota for online inventory for September 15. Please stay tuned for further updates. Limited tickets in Lot 2 Coming Soon,” the website stated.
The tickets can also be redeemed at Gymkhana from September 22 to September 25.
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