Kolkata Police has sent a notice to BCCI President Roger Binny requesting clarity about ticket sales before India’s match against South Africa at the Eden Gardens.
Ticket scalping has become a rampant issue in the 2023 World Cup, with fans across the nation complaining about the lack of ticket availability on BookMyShow, the official ticketing partner for the tournament. Reports suggest that only 30,000 tickets were put up for sale through the platform, with fans having to buy tickets at much higher prices on the black market to attend games.
Tickets worth Rs 9000 have been sold for Rs 8,000 all the way up to an eye-watering 95,000, resulting in complaints and arrests of several individuals aged in their 20s.
Kolkata Police make 19 arrests and send BCCI notice over ticket scalping
After arresting 19 ticket scalpers and confiscating 108 tickets, the Kolkata Police has sent an official notice asking for documents related to the sale of tickets for World Cup matches.
”A notice was sent to the BCCI president, asking him to provide relevant documents and information regarding the sale of tickets either personally or through any competent person of his organisation to the investigating officer of Maidan PS during working hours on Tuesday,” an officer told PTI.
The issue is being investigated by the officer in charge of the Maidan Police Station in Kolkata, who requested the documents for the sale.
Although there have been efforts made to curb the sale of tickets through illicit means, it continues to be a problem throughout the nation, not just Kolkata. In the same way, tickets for the 2nd semi-final to be played at the Eden Gardens are already sold out.