The Indian cricket fans witnessed a lot of chaos outside the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on Thursday and videos of the same are making rounds on social media in which the fans were beaten through sticks by the police while waiting to collect their tickets. The venue is scheduled to host the final T20I between India and Australia and has been in the news for its improper organization.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad was in the headlines on Thursday for all the wrong reasons after videos of unruly scenes outside the venue went viral online. The tickets have been on sale online for quite a while now but their home delivery had extra costs attached to them, upwards of INR 200 on occasions.
Thus, the fans were asked to collect the physical copies from the box office at the venue prior to the T20I match in order to be allowed entry. Following the announcement, thousands of fans had gathered outside to get their physical copies in keen anticipation of the encounter between India and Australia in the series finale.
Here is the video of the incident:
— Ashish (@KP_Aashish) September 22, 2022
However, insufficient instructions and incompetent management by the Hyderabad Cricket Association have led to the fans getting subjected to assault and eventual disarray at the venue. The situation got such that the local police had to step in and take control, using their sticks in the process to ensure fans remained in the queue.
Nevertheless, the Indian fans on social were left furious after the incident considering innocent supporters of the game had to go through such trauma just to obtain tickets to a cricket encounter. The HCA also received major flak for being unable to organize the process properly despite the high-profile nature of the encounter, raising concerns over what might unfold on the day of the match.
Here is how the fans reacted on social media:
— venkat (@iazvenky) September 22, 2022
— Naveen Amboji (@naveenamboji) September 22, 2022
@BCCI #HyderabadCricketAssociation this is how hyderabad association issues tickets to fans ,Without separating offline and online counters creating headache to public . #HCA #HyderabadCricketAssociation is the worst ever. @KTRTRS sir please look in to it pic.twitter.com/GZvRnEDm8q
— Mani Varma (@ManiVarma_18) September 22, 2022
— Ram-Puri (@Ram_Puri_) September 22, 2022
— virat (@srivirat2489) September 22, 2022
Complete chaos outside #Secunderabad gymkhana grounds. Crowd in large numbers gathered outside thr ground for purchasing #INDvAUS tickets.
Cops use mild force to control the situation.
Why @hydcitypolice beating the Cricket fans ?#Hyderabad #HyderabadCricketAssociation pic.twitter.com/4dYqnYDxHo
— RaviNani (@RaviNani9999) September 22, 2022
This is very horrible, you call us early in the morning for tickets just 2 days before match and now this happens.@KTRTRS@VSrinivasGoud @DonitaJose#Hyderabad#HyderabadCricketAssociation #hyderabadpolice #INDvsAUS #INDvsAUST20 @C4CRICVENKATESH @allaboutcric_ pic.twitter.com/I1pIfwpZ2t
— Prince (@urstrulyharish1) September 22, 2022