MCA forms committee to probe World Cup final tickets fiasco

Published: Dec 15, 2012, 08:11 IST | Harit N Joshi |

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has finally ordered an enquiry into the 405 World Cup final tickets which went unsold. A three-member committee has been formed to probe into the tickets fiasco and a one-month deadline has been set to come to a conclusion.

MiD DAY, in its March 19, 2012 edition, was the first to break the news about the unsold tickets for the 2011 World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium on April 2 between India and Sri Lanka which the hosts won by six wickets. The association 

suffered a loss of nearly Rs 73.5 lakh from the unsold tickets. Approximately, 4000 tickets were made available for the general public out of which 1000 were sold online and rest through a lottery system by the association.

The MCA in its last managing committee meeting ordered a probe into the unsold tickets. “We have decided to form a three-member committee to look into how the 405 tickets remained unsold.

“They have been given a one-month deadline,” MCA vice-president Vinod Deshpande told MiD DAY yesterday.  It is learnt that the three-member committee includes eminent lawyers. The issue was strongly raised during the MCA’s Annual General Meeting, but there was no response as the 2011 World Cup final was hosted in April and the accounts were audited only till March 2011. 

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