Wankhede stadium
Wankhede has a capacity of 33,000 seats, out which 14,000 have been booked between sponsors, promoters and advertisers. © Getty Images

The second semi-final between India and West Indies will get under way at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium on Thursday evening. Yuvraj Singh ruling out of the remaining fixtures of the ongoing T20 spectacle has been the talk of the town. However, there’s one more news that has caught everyone’s attention: 250 bureaucrats will be watching the second final tie for free. Yes, you read it right. They will be watching the spectacle without paying a penny. You must be wishing if you were one of those. In fact, who would not want to see the two most entertaining T20 teams playing at the iconic Wankhede stadium.  FULL SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 2nd Semi-Final match at Mumbai

Wankhede has a capacity of 33,000 seats, out which 14,000 have been booked between sponsors, promoters and advertisers. This means, only 60 per cent (19,000) of the seats belong to the fans. READ: Yuvraj Singh injury: Should Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, or Mohammed Shami replace him for semi-final against West Indies?

Everyone’s wondering why are 250 seats were distributed for free. In retrospect, Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) made a deal with Maharashtra Government in 1974 that it would provide 250 seats for free to the state officials. There’s more history attached to this story. When the state government allotted the land to MCA, they agreed on getting free tickets instead of getting paid for the land. Vice president of MCA Ashish Shelar, who’s also the BJP lawmaker, told Tensport, “The place where Wankhede is today belongs to the state government. The government had then given the land to the Mumbai Cricket Association. There is an agreement between them where a certain quota of tickets need to be given to the Maharashtra government. That is why 250 tickets have been given. There is a Government Resolution for the distribution also mentioned in the agreement.”