Pune : MCA Stadium’s Limited International Matches Create Ticketing Hysteria

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Gahunje, 13th October 2023 : After a 27-year gap, the Cricket World Cup is set to make a triumphant return to Pune, with an exciting match between India and Bangladesh scheduled to take place at the MCA stadium on the 19th of October.

The last international cricket match played in Pune was a T20 fixture between India and Sri Lanka on January 5, 2023. While Pune’s MCA stadium is undoubtedly a great cricketing venue, it has hosted fewer international matches compared to stadiums like Chepauk in Chennai, Wankhede in Mumbai and Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Indian Premier League (IPL) matches have graced the stadium from time to time, but the frequency has been relatively low.

Despite its reputation, there’s a sense of dissatisfaction among cricket fans. Many of them have been gathering in the MCA Stadium area in hopes of securing tickets for the upcoming World Cup match. However, it’s important to note that tickets for these matches will be available exclusively online.

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This situation has led to some frustrated fans directly questioning the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA), alleging that tickets for cricket matches are somehow being blacked out or not made readily accessible.

The MCA Cricket Stadium in Pune is set to host five World Cup matches, with India vs. Bangladesh match being the first in line. Subsequent games featuring teams from various nations will follow.

Numerous cricket enthusiasts have expressed their discontent about not being able to secure tickets for India vs. Bangladesh match online. As a result, they’ve resorted to physically attending the stadium area inquiring whether tickets are available at the gate. Regrettably, the stadium does not offer any on-site ticket sales, exclusively relying on online platforms.

However, troubling reports have emerged regarding a possible black market for tickets. Allegations of tickets originally priced at a modest ₹1200 being resold for exorbitant sums have raised concerns among cricket fans. This practice has not only affected the audience but has also led to fans voicing their displeasure with both the BCCI and the MCA.


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