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Don''t want to see police-fan clashes over tickets: Lorgat

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Bangalore, Feb 26 (PTI) International Cricket Council CEOHaroon Lorgat today criticised the police lathicharge on fansseeking tickets for the India-England World Cup clash here,saying the fiasco was unfortunate and the governing body wouldnot like to see such scenes again.

"Those are scenes that we would not like to see. None ofus would like to see that," Lorgat said at a press conferenceat the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The ICC CEO''s statement came in the wake of the clashesbetween fans and the police in Bangalore which sparked anoutrage over the lack of tickets for the public in themega-event.

With most of the tickets reserved for sponsors, ICC andoverseas visitors, the local fans have been left to jostle forvery few. Add to this, the online ticket sales have also notgone about smoothly with the website roped in to handle thework crashing down several times because of the excessiveload.

The ICC had written to the BCCI asking it to resolve thematter but the Indian Board claimed it was only honouring thecommitments made to the governing body.

Lorgat said it was regretful that very few tickets havebeen put on sale for the local fans but admitted that thesupply would never be able to meet the demand in a hugecountry such as India.

"What is unfortunate is that too few go to the public asa general sale," he said.

"No matter what sort of capacity we provide the truth isthat we won''t have enough seats for the demand that we have onour hands," he reasoned.

Story first published: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 14:00 [IST]
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