International Cricket Council (ICC) has apologized to cricket fans after thousands of fans were unable to enter the game venue of the Pakistan vs Afghanistan match.
According to the reports., many ticketless fans had entered the stadium, which forced those with the tickets to stay out of the game.
The fans with the tickets could not enter the venue after the Dubai Police and staff closed the stadium to prevent overcrowding.
ICC also urged the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) for a detailed investigation of the incident.
“More than 16,000 tickets had been issued for tonight’s game between Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, thousands of ticketless fans traveled to the venue and then attempted to force entry into the stadium,” the statement from the ICC read.
“At approximately 7 pm, Dubai Police directed that all gates should remain closed and no further entry was permitted to maintain a safe and controlled environment inside the venue,” ICC added.
“The ICC has asked the ECB to undertake a thorough investigation into tonight’s events to learn any lessons and will work closely with authorities to ensure there is no repeat of this situation in the future. The ICC, BCCI, and ECB apologize to any fans with valid tickets who were unable to enter the stadium tonight and request they contact the ticket provider,” the statement concluded.
The game between Pakistan and Afghanistan at the Dubai International Stadium was a tight encounter which Pakistan won by five wickets.
However, Afghanistan won high praise for their performance including one from the Pakistani Former Cricketer and the country's president Imran Khan.