West Bengal returns IPL tickets to Shah Rukh’s firm

May 5th, 2008 - 6:28 pm ICT by admin  

Kolkata, May 5 (IANS) The controversy over allotment of tickets for Kolkata Knight Riders’ home matches doesn’t seem to end - West Bengal Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty Monday said his department was not satisfied with the ticket distribution. As a mark of protest, the sports ministry has returned all tickets for the Twenty20 match to be held at Eden Gardens Thursday to the IPL franchise Red Chillies Entertainment of film star Shah Rukh Khan.

“We have been deprived of our share of tickets. Red Chillies Entertainment, which is in charge of the ticket distribution of Kolkata Knight Riders matches, has given us a lesser share of tickets this time. So we have returned all the tickets for the Knight Riders match versus Bangalore Royal Challengers,” Chakraborty told reporters.

“Unless we have adequate tickets how will we meet public demand? And if the Kolkatans don’t get enough tickets they will accuse us and say that we have sold all tickets to Red Chillies for our profit,” he added.

“This is the first time in my tenure that a private company is deciding how many tickets should be given to the sports department for sale. So far I had been keeping away from IPL but now I will make sure that nobody demeans us in any way,” he said.

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