World Cup ticketing website crashes, fans fume

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New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) The official ticketing website ofthe Cricket World Cup crashed today amid a mad scramble fortickets for the tournament''s summit clash on April 2 inMumbai.

The website, www.Kyazoonga.com, showed an error messagesoon after business began at 1pm IST, leading to fans ventingtheir frustration by lashing out at the organisers at thewebsite''s Facebook page.

"The (website) team is still working on it guys. Pleasebear with us. We understand your frustration and feel yourpain. We are working non-stop to get you the tickets you need.

Rest assured, not a single ticket that was meant for sale hasbeen sold yet. We can''t wait to get them to you as soon as thesite is back up," a statement posted by the website on itsFacebook page said.

"We are facing absolutely unprecedented amounts oftraffic from all over the world, with hundreds of millions ofpeople hitting at once. Some of you may have trouble accessingthe site. It seems that cricket fever has surpassed allanticipations and expectations. Please bear with us as ourglobal network team works on," the statement added.

But the fans expressed their anger through the feedbacksto the Kyazoonga.com statement, with some saying that it was a"disgrace" that the tickets for the final were not available.

Some said the company should have been prepared for thehuge demand in cricket-crazy India.

"If you couldn''t handle this crazy traffic then youshouldn''t have been responsible for the tickets in the firstplace," posted one.

"You only have 1,000 tickets to sell online for the WorldCup final - how could you not expect insane traffic?" saidanother.

Others speculated that tickets had already been handedout to officials at low prices or free of charge and they willnot be sold at counters in a repeat of the 2010 CommonwealthGames, where many tickets were distributed to bureaucrats andpoliticians.

Just 4,500 tickets are on sale for public for the April 2final at the historic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, with therest being distributed through clubs and other cricketauthorities.

There was not much interest on other non-India matches,even the tie between South Africa and the West Indies inFeroze Shah Kotla here on Thursday.

"Tickets to the SA v WI Feb 24th match at Delhi whicharrived from the DDCA on Saturday have been shipped today,Monday, Feb 21st for domestic delivery by Tuesday, Feb 22nd.

For venue pick-up customers, please visit the KyaZoongapick-up counter at the Ambedkar stadium on the 22nd and 23rdfrom 11am thru'' 5.30pm," a statement by the website said. MOREPTI PDS AH

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