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Man Singh hoping for ticket

HYDERABAD: For P. R. Man Singh, the victorious manager of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, it is an agonising wait, like for many other Indian fans trying to get a ticket (not complimentary) for the 2011 World Cup final at Mumbai next month.

The former Hyderabad Cricket Association Secretary, who is desperately trying to get a couple of tickets, is by no means considering himself to be a ‘special' candidate.

“Looking at the way things are going on ticketing issues, I am just keeping my fingers crossed. I had written to the HCA officials to try and buy a couple of tickets for me (each costing about Rs. 15,000 plus 25 per cent entertainment tax) from their quota for the final,” Man Singh explained on the sidelines of a private function here.

“Or as an alternative, I also suggested efforts may be made to buy at least the Northern Stand tickets costing Rs. 5,000 each,” he added.

Interestingly, Man Singh also recalled that immediately after the 1987 World Cup semifinal loss to England, the then captain Kapil Dev casually asked Man Singh whether the team could fly to Kolkata to watch the final between Australia and England.

“And, when I approached N.K.P. Salve, then chairman of the organising committee, we were politely told to go back to our respective places. So, the next day after settling all the accounts, I returned to Hyderabad,” he said. — Special Correspondent

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