Mumbai. In order to give cricket fans the complete experience of ticket purchasing, Kyazoonga, the official online ticketing partner of the ICC 2011 World Cup, has announced e-lathicharge for all the fans who bought tickets though its website. Many fans, who had bought tickets online, had complained that they missed bamboo sticks falling on them even as they waited in the queue to collect their tickets.
“I have been waiting here in this queue with print-outs of my purchase receipt and other documents for over four hours now,” said Prashant Verma, a senior manager working with an advertising agency, who had booked the tickets for the final match between India and Sri Lanka, “It’s hot over here and I’m sweating; very similar to what I had seen on television happening to fans buying tickets from stadium counters. The only thing lacking is lathicharge.”
Other fans standing in the queue too agreed and wished Kyazoonga had arranged for a lathicharge, as had happened to cricket fans buying tickets in Bangalore, Nagpur, Motera and Mohali.
“Why should only people buying from the counter have all the fun?” wondered Nikhil, other online ticket buyer, who was now planning to wake up early tomorrow morning and be the first one to stand in the queue to collect his tickets.
“I am even planning to brush my teeth while standing in the queue,” he added excitedly.
Reacting to the wishes of the customers, Kyazoonga confirmed that it had specific plans to keep them waiting in the queue for hours again to make their experience as real as possible, but expressed inability in arranging for a lathicharge.
“That’s the prerogative of the police department and the government,” an official of Kyazoonga told Faking News, “Although we would not mind beating them up with bamboo sticks, we are afraid we could be accused of taking law in our hands. That’s why we are thinking of arranging for an e-lathicharge.”
It’s not yet clear how will the e-lathicharge work and whether the fans would be able to enjoy virtual or real pain, but sources indicate that the online booking company was looking to remove all barriers between the virtual and the real worlds, with plans for e-black-ticketing also in the pipeline.