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Cricket World Cup: Broad concern on fan-police clashes


Angry scenes as cricket fans queue for tickets

Stuart Broad was shocked to hear of police clashes with fans queuing for tickets for Sunday's World Cup game between England and India in Bangalore.

Television pictures showed police in Bangalore hitting fans on their legs and backs on Thursday.

The England bowler said no one liked to see "people getting hurt in something as light as queuing for cricket tickets".

Many fans had been at Chinnaswamy Stadium since Wednesday night.

Reports said they were angered by the shortage of tickets available for purchase at the venue.

Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari defended the actions of his officers, saying they were acting to "prevent greater injury" because there was a "likelihood of a stampede".

Despite the violence, Broad said the England team had felt "very safe" in India.

"We have been looked after really well by the police and they have been fantastic for us."


Broad also said England's bowlers were confident ahead of India game, despite struggling to beat the Netherlands in their World Cup opener.

While India beat Bangladesh by 87 runs in their opener, England only sealed their six-wicket win over the Netherlands with eight balls to spare.

Broad also said England were well prepared for Virender Sehwag, who scored 175 against Bangladesh.

"He has been on electric form and has absolutely lit up the World Cup," said Broad. "We have just got to bowl as straight as we can to him.

"They have a world-class batting line up all the way through. We are going to need to get early wickets to slow the run rate down.

"We are going to be aggressive and try to make early breakthroughs."

Broad backed Jimmy Anderson to be a key part of England's attack, despite a performance against the Netherlands that BBC analyst Geoffrey Boycott described as "absolute tripe".

Police defend action over fan clashes

Anderson failed to take a wicket and gave up 72 runs in 10 overs of bowling.

"We look for Jimmy to swing it in the first couple of overs and, if it isn't swinging, we hold him back to do a holding role in the middle of the innings," said Broad.

"I think it [the wicket at Bangalore] swung the last time we played here, so we can only wait on the conditions to see how the line-up will go."

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