A picture of the fake ticket.
A picture of the fake ticket.

Indian fans are ecstatic about cricket and like every other fan a guy named Faisal was anxious about watching the 24th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between Mumbai Indians (MI) and  Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. But things didn’t turn out the way he would have hoped for Faisal and couple of his friends as they were fooled and misled by a man who claimed to be a ticket seller right outside the stadium on Thursday evening. In a conversation between CricketCountry Staff  and a close friend of Faisal named Wasim, some shocking things were revealed which will leave any cricket fan bewildered and make him think twice before buying an IPL ticket from anywhere rather than the counter.  FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2016, Match 24 at Mumbai  

According to Wasim, Faisal and couple of his friends from Benaras, who were in Mumbai for a tour, were exploring the Wankhede Stadium on the match day. Right outside the venue, a man with some IPL tickets approached them and claimed to be a ticket seller. He had tickets worth Rs. 2,000 and demanded the printed price for them. Trusting the ticket seller and looking at other people doing the same thing, Faisal bought three tickets for 6,000 with intent to make their stay in Mumbai a memorable one.  FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2016, Match 24 at Mumbai

The trio revealed their tickets at the security check and were asked to wait at the ticket scanning counter. Moments later, they were stunned as the official asked them to go back citing that the tickets were fake. The tickets were torn into pieces after which they were asked to leave. Faisal and his friends were shocked at this as the ticket looked original and had all the requisite logos and barcode on it. The three cricket fanatic friends who were dreaming to watch the two IPL giants MI and KKR in action were shocked and had to make their way out and the feeling was heart breaking.

Wasim said, “Faisal is a cricket fanatic and he wanted to watch a cricket game live in Mumbai. The ticket seller who approached Faisal was well groomed and looked a nice guy to him. The fact that he didn’t demand any extra money convinced Faisal and the seller assured that he will be present at the same spot for every game and people can buy tickets from him if they are not available online. He had no idea what trap he was getting into.”

Faisal and his friends immediately came out looking for the man who sold them the tickets but their efforts went in vain. They saw some more people selling tickets openly but as they had enough for the day, they decided to take that long walk back home. It’s an awful moment for any cricket lover and incidents like these should be given special attention. As of now, there is no clue about the ticket seller and Faisal and his friends thought of not escalating the matter as they had just few more days in the busy city.