Bangalore: CEO Haroon Lorgat on Saturday said that fans getting caned by police in a mad scramble for tickets was not the kind of scenes ICC wanted to see during the tournament, conceding the fact that the demand exceeded supply in the World Cup.

"Those are scenes we would not like to see, but it is also a fact that local authorities know how to handle the situation," Lorgat told reporters.

Lorgat's statement came after police caned fans seeking tickets for the India-England clash in Bangalore on Sunday.

With most of the tickets reserved for sponsors, ICC and overseas visitors, the local fans have been left to jostle for very few. Lorgat regretted that very few tickets have been put on sale for the local fans but admitted that the supply would never be able to meet the demand in a huge country such as India.

Lorgat also added that the rush for tickets indicates that one-day cricket is still very popular despite being threatened by the Twenty20 storm.

"You have got to accept that this rush for tickets is an indication of how popular this game is. Some time back we talked about of the demise of 50-over cricket and look what we have got," he quipped.

When asked why the ICC's legal department head David Becker wrote to President Sharad Pawar complaining about the allocation of tickets, Lorgat said the former BCCI chief has been supportive in dealing with issues related to India.

"From time to time, we write to our President. It is also true that in the past during any complication that we have faced, the office of Pawar has been very supportive. He has assisted us in resolving these issues. And I'm sure that in this particular incident as well, we have that sort of support," Lorgat said.

Apart from the ticket fiasco, the preparedness of some venues -such as Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium- is also an issue but Lorgat said everything was being managed.

Meanwhile, Karnataka State Cricket Association secretary Javagal Srinath said any ticket that the sponsors or the ICC do not use would be put on sale for the common fan.

"It is coming in batches of 25-30. It's called Option-to-buy-tickets. If the sponsors reject in batches of 25 or 40 we cannot go to the box-office. We have to sell them here.

We have also asked the Kyazoonga (website) to wait till 8'o clock in the night, if there are any tickets that come from the ICC, we will put it for sale," he said.

Lorgat jumped to Srinath's defence and said there can never be enough tickets for a cricket-mad country.

(Agencies)