Australian Test opener, Chris Rogers, has been found attempting to sell match tickets of the Lord’s Ashes Test, which is a violation of the regulations. Rogers was one of the two partners of a company named Inside Edge Experience, along with a former colleague from Middlesex, Tom Scollay. The company worked for providing tickets & hospitality to the Ashes Test at Lord’s. However, Chris Rogers denies the allegation that he knew if Scollay was actually offering his clients the access to the Australian team, as a part of the package.
After knowing about it, MCC, who are the owners of the Lord’s contacted Middlesex to close it down immediately. It is known that only party has been sold the package till now and will receive the whole refund. A spokesperson for the MCC told that, “We are vehemently opposed to the second ticket market. In this case, we understand that no tickets have changed hands and we were assured that it was simply a case of naivety and over-enthusiasm.”
A club official from Middlesex said that, “They shouldn’t have done this. We have a great relationship with our landlords, the MCC, and the last thing we would want to do is jeopardise that. These tickets are meant for family and friends and there has been some naive thinking if anyone thinks they can sell them on. It shouldn’t have happened and we will have to ensure it doesn’t happen again.” The senior management of the club has also accepted the fact that Rogers had no knowledge of the regulations and thus has committed a ‘genuine’ mistake.
A spokesman from Cricket Australia said that, “”He was very open about the venture, but he reflects that this type of thing is more appropriate once he has finished playing.” He also termed the entire incident as a “misunderstanding”.
Edited By : Akanksha Agarwal