Cricket lovers lathicharged in ODI ticket sale queue

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Hyderabad, Oct 2 (UNI) Police today lathicharged cricket fans at four bank counters where tickets for third cricket One Day International(ODI) between India and Australia put on sale in the city.

Thousands of cricket fans, who spent whole night yesterday in the long queues in front of the UCO bank counters at Malakpet, Secunderabad, Banjara Hills and Kukatpally busted in anger when tickets were sold out in less than an hour and raised slogans against the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) officials.

With the completion of the second phase construction of Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium at Uppal near here, the HCA officials decided to increase the capacity from 28,000 from first ODI it hosted between India and South Africa on November five, 2005 to 39,000 for the third ODI between India and Australia on October five.

The reason being attributed was that after India's victory in the T20 World Cup in South Africa the demand for tickets have increased.

Moreover, the fast developing city has attained the Cosmopolitan status.

Of the 39,000 tickets, 11,000 were earmarked for complimentaries and 13,000 for HCA, BCCI, other states and officiated districts and clubs.

With mere 15,000 tickets put on sale, there was anger not only among general public, but some political parties, who staged a dharna at the Rajiv Stadium to register their protests.

Meanwhile, Suchir India, a Realtor was planning to donate housing plots to the victorious World Cup squad tomorrow, while Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) secretary V Chamundeshwaranath was organising another function tomorrow evening, where master blaster Sachin Tendulkar will present a Chevrolet car to Indian woman cricketer Mithali Raj.


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