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Chris Rogers caught in tickets controversy

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Published on June 26, 2015 with No Comments

Australia opener Chris Rogers was caught up in an Ashes ticketing controversy after a company co-founded by the batsman was blocked from selling unauthorized hospitality packages for the second test at Lord’s.
A British newspaper reported that Inside Edge Experience, which is run by Rogers and a former teammate at Middlesex, bought an allocation of 10 tickets for 110 pounds each through the English county side, and was reselling them for up to 2,910 pounds. “We do not condone our tickets being sold on corporate websites.They have to be fully authorized,“ Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington told the paper. “In this case, too much enthusiasm and naivety has caused this difficulty. We will not be releasing the tickets.“
The 37-year-old Rogers, preparing for an Ashes warm-up match against Kent in Canterbury, said he has “probably learnt a lesson.“ “There was no intent to deceive or anything like that,“ he said. ““I’ll look back at it and be disappointed how a few things have turned out. I was open and honest with everything I did.“
Rogers said he “Spoke to everyone and told them what I was doing, (and) no one suggested to me I do it any other way.“ “It’s been frustrating as I don’t think I’m trying to do anything wrong,” he added.Cricket Australia said it was “satisfied all concerned set out with good intentions, but there was a bit of a misunderstanding in the way they went about getting hold of the tickets.“ ““We are confident that Chris acted in good faith,“ CA added. “He was not trying to circumvent the rules or pull the wool over anyone’s eyes.“ The fivetest Ashes series starts on July 8 in Cardiff.

 

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