Man arrested for attempted ticket scalping at Cricket World Cup

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A man has been arrested in Mumbai for attempting to sell tickets for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand yesterday (Wednesday) at overinflated prices. 

According to reports, the man was arrested by Mumbai police earlier this week with a couple of unsold tickets still on his person. He was reportedly trying to sell tickets for 120,000 Indian rupees (£1,160/€1,325/$1,442) each.

It has also been reported that police were still looking for another accused of being involved in the black marketing of tickets.

News agency ANI reported that a further person had been arrested for trying to sell tickets at five times the original price.

The news follows reports of Kolkata Police issuing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with a notice for more information on promoting the black marketing of ticketing. The police allegedly launched an investigation following a complaint made by a fan against the BCCI, Cricket Association of Bengal and ticketing platform BookMyShow, ahead of India’s game against South Africa earlier in the tournament.

Hosts India won the semi-final match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai yesterday by 70 runs to reach the final of the ODI tournament.

India will face Australia in the World Cup final after the side beat South Africa by three wickets this afternoon.