Fans wanting to watch the ICC World T20 practice game between Scotland and Zimbabwe at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur yesterday were in for a shock when they were told that there was no ticket counter at Jamtha, according to ESPN Cricinfo.
Zimbabwe spinner Wellington Masakadza (4-28) celebrates the fall of a Scotland wicket in Nagpur yesterday. Pic/PTI
They had to return to the city — a good 20km away — to purchase their tickets from the old VCA Stadium. A VCA official told the website that it was not possible to have ticketing at both grounds. The current Board of Control for Cricket in India president hails from Nagpur.
"We love cricket, which is why we are here even in this heat to watch Scotland take on Zimbabwe, but we can't book online because of the network and the ticket sales are going on at the other ground. There's so few people in, why can't they just let us in. We are even willing to pay at the gate," a group of college students told the website.
Privately ICC officials are frustrated that common sense has not been used, especially with the already low turn out for these matches.
Zimbabwe, Afghans win
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe bowlers produced an impressive performance at the death to eke out a 11-run win over Scotland, registering their second successive win in the qualifying round of the World T20 in Nagpur yesterday.
Batting first, Zimbabwe scored 147-7 riding on Seam Williams' 36-ball 53. In reply, Scotland were bowled out for 136 in 19.4 overs. In another match, Afghanistan defeated Hong Kong by six wickets for their second straight win.
All-rounder Mohammad Nabi picked a four wickets to help Afghanistan restrict Hong Kong to 116-6. They chased down the target in 18 overs.