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Four injured as fans jostle to buy tickets for India-Aus T20

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Last updated on: September 22, 2022 23:00 IST
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IMAGE: Police personnel try to disperse fans gathered to buy tickets for India vs Australia cricket match, following a stampede at Gymkhana Ground in Hyderabad. Photograph: PTI

Four people were injured when a stampede-like situation prevailed at the Gymkhana Grounds in Hyderabad, on Thursday, when thousands of cricket-lovers gathered to buy tickets for the India-Australia T20 match scheduled for September 25.

 

Police said they faced a tough time in managing the situation and stated that the injured, including two women, were hospitalised and were fine.

They had problems like shock and breathing difficulty. A woman lost consciousness and a policewoman helped her by performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), they said.

About 15,000 people gathered at the ground and chaos struck when a large crowd tried to get in all at once when it started to rain. People ran helter-skelter and footwear were strewn around.

Some of those who queued up for tickets said they were at the ground since the early hours of Thursday, while some alleged that tickets were sold in black.

Hyderabad is hosting an international match after over two years.

Telangana Sports Minister V Srinivas Goud held a meeting with government officials and Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) president and former cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin on conducting the match.

Goud said a sound and transparent system should be followed in future in selling the tickets to avoid recurrence of such incidents.

Observing that organising a match is not an easy task, Azharuddin said the HCA is ready to make corrections if any shortcomings are pointed out.

Azharuddin, who described the incident as unfortunate, said Hyderabad has been allotted a match after a long time. It should be ensured that the "game goes forward".

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