The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked the Emirates Cricket Board to thoroughly investigate the incident of chaos during Pakistan Afghanistan match. Large number of people had made attempts to enter the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday in the Pakistan-Afghanistan match.
The ICC said that they issued 16,000 tickets for the Pakistan-Afghanistan match, however, thousands of spectators arrive ticketless to watch the match and forced their entry into the stadium. Unpleasant incidents of spectators clashing and harassing were reported by people on social media. ICC released the statement on Friday expressing concerns about the incident.
“Dubai Police and security staff secured the stadium to ensure the safety of everyone inside and brought in significant additional resources to disperse the crowd and calm the situation,” said the statement.
“At approximately 7 pm (8.30 pm IST), Dubai Police directed that all gates should remain closed and no further entry was permitted to maintain a safe and controlled environment inside the venue,” the ICC said in the statement.
“The ICC has asked the ECB to undertake a thorough investigation into tonight’s events to learn any lessons and will work closely with authorities to ensure there is no repeat of this situation in the future,” the statement said.
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ICC, ECB, and BCCI have apologized to the fans who have valid tickets but were unable to enter the stadium due to chaos and disturbance. They have requested people to contact the ticket provider for further information.
Pakistan had defeated Afghanistan by five wickets on Friday following a nail-biting competition. At one point in time, Afghanistan seems to have defeated Pakistan and could have broken the winning streak of Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2021 in the Super 12 phase.
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