Seeking to forestall any nasty allegations, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) on Wednesday made public the particulars of its ticket allocation for India’s Twenty20 clash with Pakistan here later this month. According to the KSCA, of the capacity of 35,533 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, less than 9,000 tickets will be handed out gratis while close to three-fourths will be sold — to corporate houses, KSCA members, affiliated cricket clubs, and the public.
“During the England match (February 2011, World Cup) there was a lot of speculation, a lot of misguiding over the numbers,” said the KSCA Secretary, Javagal Srinath. “This time we want to share everything so that there is no confusion. We want to communicate this to the people of Karnataka.”
The only complimentary tickets, Srinath clarified, were the 2,800 allocated to KSCA members and 6,168 to retired players, umpires, sponsors and other bodies. A further 2,673 were reserved for the BCCI, the PCB, and State associations as was mandatory.
All 5,500 tickets to the gallery (priced at Rs. 250) will be sold over the counter at the stadium on December 21. Also available for public purchase are 7,187 tickets, sold on the website www.bookmyshow.com starting from 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Meanwhile, corporate houses (3705), affiliated clubs (3600) and KSCA members (3,400 — besides the complimentary share) will also have their quota for purchase.
Srinath refused to be drawn on the subject of the demand from (and allocation for) Bangalore’s public bodies, an issue that had created a stir previously. “We will continue to follow whatever procedure has been followed before. It (the allotment) will be the same thing,” he said.