Disgrace to HCA: 20 injured in rush to buy tickets for cricket match

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Hyderabad: As many as 20 people received injuries when a stampede-like situation prevailed on Thursday at the Secunderaba Gymkhana Grounds in the city, where thousands of cricket-lovers gathered to buy tickets for the India-Australia T20 match scheduled here for September 25.

The injured people, including two women, were hospitalised and were fine, police said. Unconfirmed reports also claim of one death and the video of stampede and police cane-charge gone viral on social media platforms.

The stampede-like situation took place as a large crowd tried to get in at once when it rained, they said.

Police said they faced a tough time in managing the situation.

About 15,000 people gathered at the ground and some of them said they arrived there early today.

Some of them alleged that tickets were sold in black.

Telangana Sports Minister V Srinivas Goud on Wednesday said tough action would be taken against those selling tickets in black.

Media reports said the rush for tickets is because Hyderabad is hosting an international match after over two years.

Meanwhile, former cricketers allege that the HCA reputation yet again got dented and blame its President and former Test captain Azharuddin for the chaos.  Some of them accuse that his henchmen are also involved in the black-marketing of the tickets and wonder what the court-monitored officials are doing.

Though the black-marketing of tickets is not new as such allegations were also leveled against the HCA.

Some even accuse that 10,000 tickets were taken away by one of the most influential ruling party minister, which is difficult to substantiate.