Cricket: Crowds throng Chepauk for tickets, neglect social distancing

CHENNAI: Ignoring all social distancing norms, the city’s cricket-loving individuals on Thursday thronged the MA Chidamaram Stadium to gather their tickets for the upcoming second Test between India and England, leading to turmoil and confusion Although all ticket sales took place online, fans were required to pick their physical tickets from the stadium.The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association TNCA) has permitted a 50 percent crowd for the 2nd India-England Test, marking entry of spectators for a sporting event in the country after almost a year.Throughout Thursday, social networks was abuzz with reports about long lines outside the stadium and absence of social distancing by the crowds, however a TNCA authorities said things were sorted out after preliminary confusion.”The TNCA had announced that tickets booked online for the 2nd Test could be redeemed from February 11. Nevertheless, they seem to have actually misinterpreted it and came to the arena resulting in crowds and confusion,” the TNCA official told PTI.The authorities likewise said the issuing of tickets would be smoother on Friday.”Ridiculous crowd at Chepauk for the retrieval of physical tickets. Friends standing in queue for the last number of hours & the crowd hasn’t moved an inch,” a Twitter user posted.Amid the outright breach of social distancing norms, reports also emerged that an individual had actually passed out after waiting in the line for a long time.Sources in the city cops said that there was a substantial crowd, including the situation was handled well by the police workers published there.Several Twitter users discussed the confusion and chaos that dominated around the stadium facility up until the authorities brought things under control.”Had a worst day in my life time, standing more than 6 hours in the que to redemption of my tickets for #INDvsENG test at #chepauk, returned with empty hands together with leg pain and frustration,” a twitter user posted.Hari Saravanan, an ardent fan of the game, said that a large number of individuals went to the stadium to redeem tickets.A large number of individuals came to Chepauk (on Thursday), that’s why there was confusion. Many people presumed that they could only redeem the tickets today just but that is not the case,” he said.He said he would be going to the stadium on Friday to redeem his tickets, including the authorities had revealed that the tickets could redeemed on Saturday, too.

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