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MUMBAI: A storm is brewing in the International Cricket Council (ICC) corridors due to the pressure and compensation threats it has been facing from World Cup sponsors over sale and distribution of tickets.

This issue was raised by ICC’s legal head David Becker in a letter to ICC president Sharad Pawar, leaving the Board of Control for Cricket in IndiaBCCI) red-faced.

Becker also suggested that the window sales of 2000 tickets for the final should be cancelled for fear of injury to ticket-seekers – as happened in Bangalore on Thursday. Instead, the ICC has said that it will take care of distributing these tickets.

Shetty termed it a case of overreaction.

“We feel that it (letter) was totally uncalled for. The Wankhede Stadium was officially approved for the final on January 27 and it takes time for the ticketing process to be completed. You can’t expect tickets to be made ready beforehand,” said Shetty.

Countering the charges about the delay, Shetty added, “we have delivered tickets to the ICC for the first two league matches (on March 13 and 18). The tickets for the final will be delivered by March 2 which is a month ahead of the final on April 2.”

Shetty also differed with the legal head’s suggestion of scrapping the window sales for public saying, “We just don’t agree with that. The common public has to be obliged no matter how small the number of tickets maybe. We shall send a reply to the letter very soon,” he added.

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