Ahead of India vs NZ semifinal, Mumbai cops arrest man for black marketing World Cup tickets

The tickets were being sold in the range of Rs 27,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh

boult-new-zealand-world-cup- afp New Zealand's Trent Boult (L) speaks with teammates during a practice session at the Wankhede Stadium | AFP

A man was arrested for allegedly selling tickets for the ICC World Cup 2023 semifinal between India and New Zealand on the black market. 

The accused Akash Kothari was picked up from his home in Malad in the northern part of Mumbai city by a team of JJ police station, news agency PTI quoted the cops as saying. The much-anticipated knockout game, a rematch of the 2019 edition, is slated to be played in Mumbai's Wankhede stadium on Wednesday.

As per Whatsapp messages circulating in various groups, the tickets were being sold in the range of Rs 27,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh, the official said.

"He was selling the tickets at four to five times its original cost. He has been charged for cheating and other offences under sections 420 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code," the official reportedly told the news agency.

A probe is underway to find out from where he procured these tickets and to see if more people are involved in the racket. 

- With PTI inputs

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