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Ticket fiasco is not unique to India

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By Rajiv GuptaCRICKET-WORLD/TICKETS-POLICE

First it was the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and now it’s the Cricket World Cup (CWC) – two events that should have enhanced India’s image as the host of global sporting events but has instead hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

While the chaotic preparations and organisational blunders surrounding the CWG is well documented, events at the CWC need to be put into perspective.

A long winter looms for Pakistan cricket

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cricketA billion fans in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka — all test nations — have used the game of cricket as a balm for their myriad problems.

That myth was exploded on Tuesday after gunmen wounded six Sri Lankan players after firing heavy weapons as their team bus wound its way towards the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore to start the third day’s play in the second test.

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