Bangalore: Police caned thousands outside Chinnaswami Stadium in Bengaluru as chaos broke out among those who had been waiting to buy tickets for Sunday’s World Cup match between India and England.

Police were seen hitting fans with sticks outside the arena as people were waiting to buy tickets since Wednesday night.

"Mad rush is expected for any good match. A lot of people desire to watch the match. About 6000 tickets have been sold at the gate," said Karnataka State Cricket Association secretary and former India pacer Javagal Srinath.

It was learnt that only 1000 tickets out of 45,000, the capacity of the stadium, were for sale.

"We are still waiting for tickets to come back from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and BCCI. If they come back, the only way we can give the public is through net, through Kyazoonga, the official ticketing partner for the event," Srinath said.

The Indian Cricket Board and the KSCA, meanwhile, have said that the stadia capacity is limited and the ICC’s demand for tickets has to be accommodated.

KSCA president Anil Kumble refused to speak on the issue, saying that Srinath had addressed a press conference.     

The ICC pointed out that with tickets in short supply, box office sales could turn into a security nightmare.  The ICC has not been given its share of tickets for matches for its international sponsors who are entitled to complimentary tickets.