Kolkata Police Registers FIR Against BCCI, CAB & BookMyShow After Complaints Of Tickets In Black

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by Shreya Ghosh

India is dominating in the ongoing ICC ODI Men’s Cricket World Cup. With 6 wins out of 6 matches, the Men in Blue are all set to face South Africa, another brilliant performing team, on November 5 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The demand for tickets for this match is intense and in between the search for tickets among fans, reports are stating that people are selling tickets at high prices. Kolkata police have already started probing these complaints.

Kolkata Police Is Probing About Black Marketing Tickets For The Match At Eden Gardens

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Thousands and lakhs of fans opened the online portal of the ticketing partner right at the mentioned time. But unfortunately, most of them could not book tickets online due to the immense demand. There is a humongous demand among fans to get their hands on these tickets. Seeing this crazy demand, some people allegedly began selling tickets at exponentially higher prices. News of the people behind this is coming to light now.

There have been so many reports and headlines about black marketing tickets for the match between India and South Africa. After receiving a complaint at the Maidan Police Station from a fan about the alleged black marketing of match tickets, the Kolkata Police started a probe against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), and BookMyShow, the ticketing partner. They began investigating based on the complaint mentioning how the general public is not able to book tickets for the India vs South Africa match, according to a report by India Today.

Cricket is celebrated and worshipped like a religion in India. Cricket fans and enthusiasts are always ready to visit the stadiums and watch the matches live. The urge to be among thousands and cheer for the team increases when the match is as crucial as the upcoming one to be played on November 5 against South Africa. Another thing that makes this clash at Eden Gardens more special is its date. This day is a reason for major celebration among cricket fans as it is Virat Kohli’s birthday.

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What Are The Recent Updates?

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The police have already arrested one person involved in the black marketing of India vs South Africa match tickets. Police caught him right when the individual was trying to sell the tickets quite late on Tuesday. A police official shared some important information about the arrested man. The official mentioned that he was trying to sell tickets of ₹2,500 at an outrageous price of ₹11,000, according to a report by India.com. Police have taken away a total of 20 tickets for the upcoming match of India at the Eden Gardens.

The investigation of the complaint is currently going on. Also, the police have recently issued a notice to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). The notice is regarding the appearance of an official of CAB to visit the Maidan Police Station on November 2, 2023. On the other hand, police have issued a notice for a BookMyShow official to visit the Maidan Police Station.

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Are you going to any of the stadiums in India to enjoy the World Cup matches live among thousands of cricket fans?

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