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Free entry to students for non-India ties

cricket Updated: Dec 09, 2010 23:39 IST
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The organizing committee of the 2011 World Cup has decided to distribute free tickets to school and college students for non-India games to ensure good crowd in the stadiums.

"We have decided to distribute free tickets among students. We have lots of sponsorship programmes through which we will be distributing the tickets. State associations will also have some quota for the students. We want them to throw their gates open for the students," said Tournament Director Ratnakar Shetty.

It may be recalled that the idea to allow schoolchildren free entry to fill up the empty stadiums was first mooted by Sachin Tendulkar.

The maestro had come up with the idea when the second test during the 2008 India-England series was played out in an almost empty stadium.

The Tournament Director also stressed on the preparedness of all the venues. "Three stadiums, namely Wankhede in Mumbai, Chepauk in Chennai and the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, had undergone massive renovation.

These stadiums will be ready and have better spectator services, media facilities and proper set-up for the broadcaster," he said.