Venkatesh Prasad
Venkatesh Prasad. Picture Credit: PTI

Last Update on: September 5th, 2023 at 10:05 am

Former India player, Venkatesh Prasad opened up on the ODI World Cup 2023 ticket crisis which will take place in India, and urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to have more transparency so that the fans can attend the extravaganza tournament.

While questioning BCCI’s transparency in the ODI World Cup 2023, Venkatesh Prasad took to his official X (formerly known as Twitter) account to hit out at the apex body of Indian cricket.

The former India fast pacer reckoned at first that getting a World Cup ticket has never been easy even earlier, but Prasad added that this year it is more difficult.

Venkatesh Prasad said that the process could have been more better and systematic and he felt sorry for the fans who have hoped to buy tickets but failed and hoped that BCCI would make it better for the fans.

“It’s never been very easy to get World Cup tickets. But this time has been harder than before. Could have been better planned and I feel for the fans who have had high hopes and struggled to get tickets. I sincerely hope one of the most important stakeholders, the Fans get their worth and I hope @BCCI makes it easier for the fans,” Venkatesh Prasad said.

The former India pacer asked BCCI to not take fans for granted. Prasad further stated that the availability of India vs Pakistan match tickets should be more since Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad has the capacity to hold more than one lakh spectators.

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“I urge the @BCCI to have more transparency in the World Cup ticketing system and not take fans for granted. Definitely in a stadium like Ahmedabad, for an #IndvsPak clash more than the sold 8500 tickets need to be available when the capacity is 1 lakh plus,” he added.

It will be more fulfilling if the diehard fan is kept happy and not deprived: Venkatesh Prasad

The 54-year-old further added that he will be more happy if the fans are kept fulfilling rather than deprived of the ticket crisis.

“Likewise for all other matches, a larger chunk needs to be for the fans. It will be more fulfilling if the diehard fan is kept happy and not deprived of this opportunity instead of reserving a large chunk for corporates and members,” Venkatesh Prasad concluded.

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India will begin their ODI World Cup 2023 campaign against Australia on October 8th at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

The most awaited match of the extravaganza tournament will be played on October 14th between the Men in Blues and Pakistan at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.