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‘Failed miserably in the simple task’- Twitter lambasts Hyderabad Cricket Association for mismanaged ticket sale that caused stampede ahead of India- Australia third T20I

India were scheduled to play the third T20I on 25th September in Hyderabad.

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It would be an understatement to say that cricket is highly loved in India. Fans go to great lengths to watch their favourite cricketers take to the ground. Similar cricket fever has drenched Hyderabad fans who were gearing up for the third match of the India- Australia T20I series on Sunday, 25th September 2022.

Excitement was even high than usual as Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is set to host an international cricket match after a gap of three years. The last match at this stadium took place on 6th December 2019 when India faced Australia in a T20I match.
Naturally, fans flocked to the ticket counters in great numbers to get their hands on one before all are sold out. What however should have been a great time for the cricket fans soon turned into chaos as police lathi-charged the large crowd gathered at Gymkhana cricket grounds in Hyderabad.

The situation turned into a stampede after police used force to control the crowd after Hyderabad Cricket Association announced the ticket sale at 10 AM on Thursday. People queued up at the ground from 10 PM on Wednesday in hopes of getting the ticket on Thursday.

As soon as the gates were thrown open, the long queue rushed towards the gate resulting in people pushing each other. The police present at the gate tried to disperse the crowd by using force and this was when the situation turned into a stampede.

As the crowd tried to disperse many people fell and were run over by others. This resulted in many getting injured with many passing out under stressful circumstances.

The injured fans as well as some policemen were taken to hospital. Video from the stampede soon surfaced on social media and fans were quick to point out the mismanagement by the HCA and the police.

Many on Twitter called out the Indian Cricket Board as well who still practice archaic ticket sale methods from yesteryears despite the availability of the internet.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the stampede at Gymkhana Grounds: 

 

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