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Mar 28, 2012 at 07:51pm IST

2011 World Cup final was not sold out

Mumbai: The 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka last April was not a sell-out affair as at least 405 tickets remained unsold, it has been reported.

According to a report, accessed by a website, 405 tickets remained unsold and these include 96 tickets in the Sunil Gavaskar stand (lower) at a cost of Rs 1,500 each.

The total value of the unsold tickets was Rs 73.4 lakhs, though it was claimed to be a sold-out match.

2011 World Cup final was not sold out

The 2011 World Cup final at Wankhede Stadium was a packed affair, but there were 405 unsold tickets. (Getty Images)

When contacted, a Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) official said, "Maybe because of security reasons, some tickets were kept, but I don't know."

Ratnakar Shetty, the tournament director for the World Cup and MCA vice-president, also refused to say anything on the matter.

"This is not something we need to discuss with the media and that the issue would be dealt with by the association's managing committee, which is scheduled to meet on March 31," he said.

India won the World Cup with skipper MS Dhoni finishing the match with a six off Nuwan Kulasekara.

The MCA's report shows that a total of 31,118 tickets were up for sale, though only about 4000 of those were available to the general public because the association was contractually obliged to offer tickets to the ICC and its member clubs.

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