South Africa vs India: No hospitality tickets sold for test matches, says CSA amid attendance confusion


Indian tour to South Africa: Cricket South Africa reiterated on Thursday that it does not sell tickets for the Test Series, but is obligated to hand out hospitality tickets to its business partners and guests traveling with the Indian cricket team.

The rain played the spoiler on the 4th day of the 2nd test in Johannesburg (AP Photo)

STRONG POINTS

  • Cricket South Africa said it was obligated to hand out hospitality tickets to business partners
  • CSA maintained that tickets are not sold for the series of tests
  • India, South Africa play behind closed doors due to Covid-19

Cricket South Africa on Thursday clarified its position on the presence of members of the hospitality industry during the Test vs India series at Centurion and Johannesburg. The cricket body has maintained that it does not sell hospitality tickets after announcing before the start of the series that matches will be played in empty stands due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

CSA, however, has said it is contractually obligated to distribute tickets to business partners and guests traveling with the Indian cricket team.

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“Cricket South Africa (CSA) has noted the confusion over the allocation of hospitality tickets for the South Africa and India series,” a CSA statement read.

“Therefore and noting the need to clarify this situation, CSA wishes to stress that the decision not to sell tickets for the series was due to the need not to compromise the bio-secure environment in which the teams play.

“However, CSA is still contractually obligated to issue hospitality tickets to its business partners and guests traveling with Team India.

“Therefore, participation in matches of commercial partners is a contractual commercial deliverable, in accordance with the obligations of the partners. No hospitality tickets are sold or available for sale,” he added.

India won the first test at Centurion by 113 runs and are hoping for a 2-0 lead in Johannesburg. South Africa reached Stumps on Day 3 of Test 2 at 118/2, requiring 122 more races to win the test and tie the 3-game series.

However, the rain washed away the first session of Day 4 of the 2nd test.

India and South Africa will meet in the final test in Cape Town from January 11 and the two teams will also play a 3-game ODI series in front of empty stands from January 19.

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