Looking at the way some of the state associations misuse their powers to grab international match tickets and in an effort to rein in black marketeering,the Indian cricket board has come down sternly on state units. At a working committee meeting held on January 15 at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai,Indian board chief N Srinivasan passed a new rule in which fellow zonal associations of the host city will henceforth be allotted only 15 tickets for any international game,whereas state association from other zones will be given only 10 tickets.
It was decided during the working committee meeting in January that the quota for zonal associations be reduced. Many members felt that the quota of tickets was misused or sold at over-priced rates. So now,each zonal association will be getting 15 tickets per international game while other state associations will be limited to 10, BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah told The Indian Express.
The decision was taken after the Indian board was informed of many instances where association officials used their contacts to grab hold of other state associations tickets. There have been allegations of black marketeering too. It is learnt that during the BCCI working committee meet,Srinivasan asked BCCI game development manager Ratnakar Shetty to present the cases where associations have tried to grab other associations tickets. It pointed at suspicions of prevalence of black marketeering.
Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA),who after picking their quota of 150 tickets,also collected 148 tickets belonging to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) during the India vs Pakistan T20 game in Ahmedabad last year. The matter came to light after former MCA vice-president Shetty alleged black marketeering in the MCA annual general body meeting few weeks ago. There have been incidents last year where a South Zone official tried to grab 300 tickets from another small association for the first India vs Pakistan T20 game held in Bangalore last year. The matter later came to BCCI president N Srinivasan,who had to intervene.
Shah agreed that his association took tickets off MCA while his SCA also took their quota. We took it for our members and there is no harm in it. We buy these tickets for our members, Shah said.
By 2002,each association was allotted around 300 tickets which was later reduced in 2008. In the past too,murmurs of black marketeering of tickets have surfaced. During every international game we used to hear about incidents where association officials are involved in ticket scams. BCCI president Srinivasan felt it was the right time to crack the whip on associations, a BCCI official said.