Australian opener Chris Rogers has been caught up in controversy ahead of the first Ashes Test at Lord’s, with his company reportedly involved in on-selling tickets to the match as part of an unauthorised package.
The ESPNCricinfo website and Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper say Rogers and his business partner, Tom Scollay, were able to buy an allocation of Test tickets from Middlesex for STG110 ($A223.65) each because the pair are former players for the English county club.
Lord’s ground rules forbid such tickets for being resold for profit, but the pair’s company, Inside Edge Experience, have been advertising the tickets to the Test beginning on July 8 for sale on its Facebook page.
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of Lord’s, oppose the re-sale of tickets and have a limited number of approved hospitality package operators, a list that doesn’t include Inside Edge Experience.
“We are vehemently opposed to the secondary ticket market,” a spokesman for told ESPNcricinfo.
“In this case, we understand that no tickets have changed hands and we were assured that it was simply a case of naivety and over-enthusiasm.”
Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington said Rogers and his business partner had been involved in a “misunderstanding”.
“In this case, too much enthusiasm and naivety has caused this difficulty. We will not be releasing the tickets,” Codrington told the Daily Telegraph.
A Cricket Australia spokeswoman said Rogers had acted in “good faith” and would not be disciplined.
“He was not trying to circumvent the rules or pull the wool over anyone’s eyes,” she told the Telegraph.
The cheapest package was advertised for STG1,756 ($A3,570.19), while the most expensive, which included hotel accommodation in London, was priced at STG2,910 ($A5,916.44).