The Kolkata police have sent a notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to provide relevant documents and information regarding the sale of tickets for the one-day international cricket match between India and South Africa held in Kolkata on November 5.
The police asked the BCCI authorities to provide information about the sale of tickets to the investigating officer of Kolkata’s Maidan police station by November 7. Two FIRs were filed at the station in connection with allegations of black marketing of tickets for the match. More than 20 people have been arrested allegedly for selling tickets in black for the World Cup clash.
Earlier, the authorities of CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) as well as online ticket booking portals were summoned by the police in connection with the sale of tickets. The police had served several notices to the CAB authorities on the issue before a representative appeared on Saturday.
The CAB is administered by Snehasish Ganguly, brother of former Indian cricket captain and former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, and the non-availability of tickets had become a political issue with the Opposition parties crying foul. There was a huge demand for tickets for the Sunday match at Eden Gardens. The stadium has a capacity of about 68,000 and it recorded full capacity for the match.
Governor C. V. Ananda Bose on Sunday allowed cricket fans to watch the livestreaming of the match from the lawns of the Raj Bhawan, which is located next to the cricket stadium.