IND vs NZ: Ticket Black Marketeer Arrested Ahead Of First Semi-Final Of ODI World Cup 2023

As anticipation builds for the much-awaited semifinal clash between India and New Zealand in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023, a disheartening development has occurred. The police have arrested a man involved in the black marketing of tickets for the high-stakes encounter, adding a sour note to the excitement surrounding the match.

The iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is set to host the semifinal showdown on Wednesday (November 15). With a massive demand for tickets from eager fans across the country, unscrupulous elements have resorted to black marketing, seeking to capitalize on the enthusiasm surrounding the high-flying Team India’s clash against the Black Caps.

The arrested individual, identified as Akash Kothari, was apprehended from his residence in Malad by a team from the JJ police station. WhatsApp messages circulating in various groups revealed that the tickets were being sold in the range of ₹27,000 to ₹2.5 lakh, a steep increase from their original cost. The police have charged Kothari with cheating and other offences under sections 420 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code.

“He was selling the tickets at four to five times its original cost. He has been charged for cheating and other offences under sections 420 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code,” stated a police officer involved in the case.

This incident underscores the challenges posed by ticket black marketing, a persistent issue during major sporting events. Authorities are taking proactive measures to curb such activities and ensure that genuine fans have fair access to tickets at reasonable prices.

As India and New Zealand gear up for their second consecutive ODI World Cup semifinal, the match carries added significance. In 2019, the two teams faced off in the semifinal in Manchester, with New Zealand emerging victorious before ultimately losing to England in the final. India will be seeking redemption in the upcoming clash, aiming to secure a spot in the final, while the Black Caps aspire to reach the pinnacle of the ODI World Cup for the third consecutive time.

In the ongoing World Cup, Team India has been the standout performer, maintaining an unbeaten record in the competition. Led by Rohit Sharma, the team has won all nine of its games, showcasing remarkable consistency. In contrast, New Zealand started strongly with four consecutive wins but faced setbacks with four consecutive losses. Their victory against Sri Lanka in the final league game marked a return to winning ways, setting the stage for an intriguing semifinal encounter.

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