India vs SA: Black Marketers Go Wild as Ticket Sales Scandal Hits Cuttack T20I – Reports

India and South Africa played the second T20I, of the five-game series, on Sunday night (June 12) at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. The venue hosted an international fixture after a long gap of 2.5 years as it was a packed stadium which saw the Men in Blue go down to the Proteas by four wickets in a moderately scored affair.

However, a controversy erupted after the match was concluded. It has been reported that the ticket sales scandal has broken out for the Cuttack T20I. According to a report by New Indian Express, the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) had allocated up to 29,154 seats – out of the 44,234 – in the stadium for the second T20I. Out of 29,154, approximately 8,000 seats were retained for affiliated units/officers/affiliated units of BCCI. On the other hand, the rest were to be split between online and offline channel sales for cricket fans.

Approximately 12,093 tickets were available for purchase onsite through nine designated ticket booths, while the remaining 9,061 were reserved for fans, who could purchase the tickets online. Offline tickets sold out the same day as the opening. Thus, many black traders broke in and purchased tickets generally through online portals as well as at ticket offices (using brokers and people from working class backgrounds).

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After buying in bulk, black traders then sold the passes through websites and social media platforms – using WhatsApp and other mediums, at much higher rates. For the uninitiated, according to the rules, one person could only have bought two tickets. However, many ended up getting more than 10 tickets on the site. Additionally, black merchants also got free passes.

The ticket price for the second T20I game between India and Proteas was Rs 900 each for galleries 1, 3 and 5. The cost for gallery 2 was Rs 700 while it was ten times the cost for gallery 4 (Rs 7000). Nonetheless, the black traders had a field day as they sold Gallery No. 2 tickets for Rs 5,000 (for more than Rs 4,000), Gallery No. 3 tickets for more than Rs 5 000 and Gallery No. 4 tickets for Rs 15,000 (more than double the original price), according to the sources.

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