The buzz of tickets being sold for black infuriated the bystanders at the Mohammedan Sporting Club area. The modern day blackers are difficult to identify. They are hardly seen chewing tobacco or wearing shabby jeans. Youngsters from all over were hysterically looking for a ticket for the Indo-Pak clash at Eden Gardens.
“Most of the blackers are operating through social media,” said Sayantan Guha, a working professional, whose friend Siddharth Sarkar was approached by a website yandex.com on Friday.
The website asked the buyers to purchase ticket in pairs, one ticket would cost Rs 5,000 and two Rs 7,500 exclusive of the original ticket cost which is to be paid to the authorised BookMyShow (in.bookmyshow.com).
There is also a pick-up venue for the black ticket.
But there is no clarity as to who are these middlemen. They could be the ones who already registered online for the tickets.
The counter outside the stadium served the customers who had already registered online.
“Only people who registered through BookMyShow can head to their respective price bracket counter and get their tickets. We aren’t aware of black marketing. We are following the procedure as told to,” said the person (who didn’t want to be named) at the venue.
But there is another side to it. Fans entitled to handsome seats worth Rs 2,500 at the original venue (Dharamshala) had to sacrifice on luxury at Eden.
“I received tickets worth Rs 500. This is utter chaos. There is no clarity about the ticket lottery system,” said Sushant Kamra, who flew down from Delhi for the match. He was originally supposed to go to Dharamshala.
And then there are few people who in advance know that they can’t attend the match and later try to sell out their ticket like for an example – Youngsters handed out tickets to friends and relatives in exchange of money. Shayak Roy, a resident of Mumbai and a media professional, had bought tickets for the match. But on realising that he won’t be present due to other obligations, he distributed the tickets.
People around the country is very excited about the India VS Pakistan match at Eden Garden here are few tweets that tell us that we are the real cricket fans:
@CabCricket Yesterday i saw a man wearing a I.D card of Icc world t20 selling ticket in black .. Its just a shame ..
— Rohit pariyar (@PariyarRohit) March 18, 2016
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