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Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: There are always two sides of a coin. While on one hand the silver city was swept away by the cricket frenzy on Thursday during ticket sale for the upcoming cricket match between India and West Indies at Barabati stadium, Odisha also witnessed how some black marketeers are attempting to take advantage of the situation.

Thousands of cricket lovers waited in long queues for hours to get ticket and many returned home disappointed as only 10,500 tickets were sold offline. With growing demand for tickets, some people are blatantly trying to sell their tickets at inflated prices through various social media platforms.

One Debashish Nayak posted an ad on OLX website, where he is offering two tickets in gallery no 7 of Kalinga Stadium, for Rs 4,500.

When an OTV correspondent posing as a buyer contacted Nayak, the latter refused to reduce the per-ticket price, despite having bought it for Rs 630 per ticket.

No comments could be obtained either from police or Odisha Cricket Asociation(OCA) in this regard.

Players of both India and the West Indies cricket teams arrived in Bhubaneswar on Thursday for the series-deciding 3rd ODI, to be played at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Sunday. The players along with the support staff have been lodged at Mayfair Hotel in the state capital amidst tight security.

The upcoming match has generated a lot of enthusiasm among cricket lovers here as the men in blue are coming after a 107-run victory in the second ODI at Visakhapatnam.

The state police have made elaborate security arrangements in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack for the event. While players of both the teams will stay in Bhubaneswar, they will travel to Cuttack for both practice and match during these three days.

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