Mumbai, Feb 21 (PTI) The availability of only 4,000tickets through online and window sale for the 2011 World Cupfinal has irked cricket lovers, who feel given the smallcapacity of the Wankhede stadium, the match could have beenhosted at another bigger stadium.
"It is very unfair for a cricket enthusiast. They shouldhave taken some measures to ensure that many more tickets wereavailable to the common public," said Ranjan Joshi (52), abusinessman.
"If they knew that the number of seats were going to bean issue, they should have thought of a bigger venue like theD Y Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai which has got a biggercapacity," he added.
Joshi further said it was strange that not a single matchinvolving India was being held in Mumbai, considered the"cricket capital of the country".
"If India fails to make it to the final, they will nothave played a single match in Mumbai," he added.
Echoing his sentiments, Bharat Singh, a mediaprofessional and cricket aficionado, said, "I am very muchdisappointed. Vis-a-vis most other stadia, Wankhede holds lesssitting capacity. The ICC could have organised the final atsome other place like D Y Patil Stadium, which is consideredthe best cricket facility in the country and has biggercapacity."
Addressing mediapersons yesterday, tournament directorand Mumbai Cricket Association treasurer Prof Ratnakar Shettysaid that only about 4,000 tickets for the final would beavailable for direct sale as over 28,000 tickets of the32,000 capacity stadium were reserved due to various"contractual obligations". .