2011 WC final tickets fiasco probes finally kicks off

Mar 01, 2013, 09:39 IST | Harit N Joshi

Finally, the first step towards unraveling the mystery behind 405 tickets of the 2011 World Cup final at Wankhede Stadium (India versus Sri Lanka) going unsold has been taken by the inquiry committee set up by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA)

The four-member committee which was formed a couple of months ago to look into the fiasco formally met for the first time yesterday. It is learnt, the delay in sitting together to unravel the mystery was because the association had not submitted certain documents which were needed by the inquiry committee headed by advocate Avinash Rana. 

The special panel yesterday decided to invite MCA members who would like to share any World Cup tickets-related information. They are also expecting the MCA to finally submit documents related to sale of tickets by March 15, the day of the critical meeting with the members.

The MCA suffered a loss of nearly Rs 73.5 lakh from the unsold tickets. Ninety six tickets (Rs 1,500 each) of the Sunil Gavaskar Stand (lower bay) which was meant for the general public, went unsold even as numerous spectators were left disappointed.

It’s been nearly a year since the issue was first brought to light by MiD DAY (March 19, 2012).

Interestingly, the managing committee wants to conduct the Annual General Meeting next month, but according to a seasoned administrator, it is not right since the ticket-issue which concerns accounts has yet to be completed. “How can the MCA pass its accounts when an inquiry is in process? It is ridiculous,” said a club member.

The fact that there is only an inquiry over unsold tickets is a sore point too. “What about the total sale of World Cup tickets and details of the complimentary passes distributed by MCA? Why shouldn’t there be an inquiry on this? There have been allegations about it as well. During the 1987 World Cup ticket fiasco, the inquiry committee had full power to investigate wherever there was suspicion. So why not now?” said a source. 

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