sns & agencies
MUMBAI, 25 JUNE: Senior Board of Control for Cricket in India official Ratnakar Shetty has been summoned to a meeting here tomorrow of the Mumbai Cricket Association committee probing the mystery of unsold tickets during the 2011 World Cup final at Wankhede Stadium.
“I have received an e-mail which also mentions four other people: Lalchand Rajput, Pradeep Zaveri, Shripad Halbe and Ganesh Iyer. I haven’t decided if I will be attending it,” Shetty said today.
Shetty, currently the BCCI’s general manager (game development), was the tournament director of the showpiece event.
The MCA has summoned Shetty, former MCA vice-president and treasurer, along with former joint secretary Rajput, current managing committee member Iyer, former managing committee member Halbe and Zaveri, to appear before the four-member inquiry panel.
“I don’t know why they have called me but, going by their letter, I have been asked to brief the committee on World Cup final tickets. I will attend,” Halbe said.
It has been said that Rajput and Iyer are unlikely to attend the meeting and that Shetty asked for the committee’s terms of reference.
More than 400 tickets of the India-Sri Lanka final, won by the hosts, were left unsold though "sold-out" notice boards had been put up at ticket counters, prompting the MCA to form the four-member special committee to look into the matter.
The MCA’s losses totalled more than Rs 70 lakh as a result.
‘Not yet ready’
Delhi Police today opined that the time is not ripe for legalising betting in sports in India as it could not be established at this stage that such an action will bring down match-fixing.
In the light of incidents of match and spot fixing in the recently concluded Indian Premier League in India, many stakeholders are advocating creation of a new stricter legal framework and legalisation of sports betting to keep a check on match and spot fixing.