Chandigarh: The race for tickets for India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal match at Mohali on Wednesday has begun and politicians, corporate and fans are jostling for tickets which have already been sold out.

Among the corporate-Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani -will be one of the high profile industrialists, who is expected to be at Mohali to catch the action, Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) sources said.

Many politicians from around the country, besides those from Punjab and Haryana, and Bollywood stars are also suppose to come and watch the match at the 28,000 capacity stadium, the sources added.

The PCA joint secretary G S Walia said they are expecting a number of guests from Pakistan for the match.

The sources said that the PCA officials had been busy since Saturday morning receiving phone calls from across the border for tickets.

Despite being down with viral fever, PCA President I S Bindra also spent some time in the stadium on Saturday to ensure that everything was in place for the much-hyped match.

Majority hotels in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula have already been booked to capacity, with only a few accommodations left.
Meanwhile, tickets are being sold at a premium in black markets.

"The tickets for Rs 250 are available anywhere between Rs 2,000-Rs 2200 as of today, Rs 500 tickets are available for Rs 3500 plus, while Rs 1,000 ticket can only be bought for Rs 8,000," Sahil Kapoor, a local student, who was trying to purchase the ticket from near the stadium, claimed.

(Agencies)