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Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) president Mohammad Azharuddin said the association has nothing to do with ticket sales. His statement was made afterwards Chaos broke out on the grounds of the Gymkhana in Hyderabad during ticket sales on Thursday (Sept. 22). Many were injured during the stampede near the ground as fans accused the association of poor ticketing arrangements.

Hyderabad will host the third T20I match between India and Australia on Sunday (September 25). Fans thronged in large numbers to collect the tickets they had booked online on Paytm and other platforms. But authorities and police failed to control the crowd as more than 20 fans suffered multiple injuries during the stampede.

How there can be violations when selling tickets over the Internet: Mohammad Azharuddin

on friday the police registered three cases vs. Azharuddin and HCA on behalf of the victims. But the former Indian captain clarified that the association has nothing to do with ticket distribution as it is the responsibility of Paytm.

“All reports of violations in the sale of tickets for the match are groundless. If someone proves that corruption has taken place in the sale of tickets, strict action will be taken. I don’t know how these reports of inconsistencies in ticket sales came about. HCA has done nothing wrong in this regard. I wonder how there could be violations if tickets were sold online,” Azharudin said.

The legendary bator also appealed to the media to check the official website of the Association if they want to find out any discrepancies in financial matters. Azharuddin also added that the association regrets what happened during the ticket sale and cares for the affected fans. “Yes, we are sorry and saddened by what happened at the Gymkhana Grounds. HCA cares for the wounded.”

However, the association’s secretary R. Vijayanad agreed that there were some issues with the ground holding due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but assured that the association will make all arrangements for the third T20I on Sunday. “Because of COVID, the stadium could not be properly maintained. We are now taking all measures for the spectators before Sunday’s match,” said R. Vijayanand.

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