Mohammad Azharuddin, Indian legendary cricketer and HCA president, defended his association over stampede for India vs Australia, Hyderabad T20I match tickets. He said that HCA has done no wrong in following the procedures and people should not spread negativity against them.
He called the stampede at Gymkhana grounds, a minor incident, as HCA should arrange, conduct match at International level and not concentrate on other issues like them. Earlier in the day, a stampede has occurred in Gymkhana Grounds, Hyderabad as fans waited from morning 3 AM, to buy India vs Australia T20I match tickets.
Few women got injured in the stampede and one of them lost consciousness too. Police had to give her CPR and first aid to bring her back to consciousness and took her to nearby hospital. Media have called HCA planning worse and said that they should have sold the tickets in best possible way and be prepared for this kind of rush, knowing and estimating the craze among audiences over the cricket matches.
Azharuddin blasted over Media and said that they should not concentrate on negativity. Telangana Minister Srinivas Yadav asked HCA to submit report on the issue and for that too Azhar expressed unhappiness. He said that Minister has asked them for a report looking at media reports and he cannot sit before press and explain things.
He stated that for him state’s respect, association’s name, reputation comes first and not these petty issues. He said that HCA have sold all the tickets and they have none to sell on-line or off-line. He asked media to help them conduct the match peacefully.
Journalists and activists have shared videos from the Gymkhana grounds showing how fans have suffered in the stampede due to mismanagement and poor planning of HCA, as far as ticket sales are concerned.