Hyderabad:The government has issued a notice to the Hyderabad Cricket Association for the manner in which it conducted the third ODI between India and Australia.
The notice to the association asked it to explain the manner in which tickets were sold.
In response, the Hyderabad Cricket Association has said that VVIPs and corporates, who helped it construct the stadium, will have to be given preferential treatment whenever a cricket match is held in the city.
"We have adopted according to what we have been doing for so many years. We need to meet the required demand for passes from BCCI, club secretaries and corporate boxes," said G Vinod, President, Hyderabad Cricket Association.
The government, however, says that earmarking just 25 per cent of the 39,000 seats at the stadium for the public would mean that only those with some clout can ever hope to watch a match.
"A majority of tickets should go to the common people. They should not be in a minority. If you look at the data, out of the 40,000 capacity of the stadium, only 10,000 tickets were sold to the common people," said Praveen Prakash, Collector, Ranga Reddy district.
The association has said that once the capacity of the stadium is increased to 55,000, more commoners can be accommodated. Till then, some cricket enthusiasts will always be more special than the others.