Many ticket holders spent hours at the entry gates of the Dharamsala Cricket stadium but return home without witnessing the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings in Dharamsala on Sunday because of tight security measures and misunderstanding between the ticket holders and ticket selling portals.
With extra security measures in place the police closed all the gates by 4 pm thereby hindering a lot of ticket holders from entering the stadium.
Cricket fans upset with denial of entry, threatened to move to the court. "We have been duped, we have no other alternative but seek legal action against the franchise" said Anil Kumar, who had come from Ludhiana along with his family.
Spectators from outside Dharamsala had made advance bookings through the web portals IPL-T20 and Book My Show. The officials of the both companies seemed to evade media queries concerning the ticketing mess. "It is not our fault. People are wrongly approaching us as many of them had booked their tickets on IPL-T20" said an official of Book My Show at the sale counter in Kacheri Bazar.
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA, President Anurag Thakur said that the association has requested the franchise and the IPL to refund the tickets. "Counters have been put up to refund ticket," Thakur told Hindustan Times.
The policemen, large number outside the stadium, used mild batons to disperse the long queues as people jostled to get inside the stadium.
Many of the local people were seen purchasing tickets at exorbitant rates from few unscrupulous individuals who took the opportunity to make quick bucks from last minute sale of tickets.
The spectators, who were denied entry jostled to find some vantage point outside the stadium to catch the match. Fans occupied every open place and rooftop to watch the match. Dharamsala's Government Degree College buildings adjacent to the stadium also has their rooftops occupied by young cricket lovers.
Two local students suffered injuries on their forehead and arms, as they tried to jump inside the stadium, like many others, by climbing up 20 feet high boundary wall. Police personnel assisted them to a hospital.