Scores of cricket fans here foresaw trouble in procuring tickets to watch a live match between India and the touring Pakistan, to be played at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in the city on December 30.
They shared their anxiety with media on Sunday as they waited in serpentine queues outside the booking counters.
The two teams will play the first of the Twenty20 cricket match series at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium of Bangalore X'Mas Day and second T20 match in Ahmedabad before taking part in three one-day internationals (ODIs) in Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi.
As sales for tickets started on Sunday for the match scheduled in Chennai, hundreds of cricket fans turned up to purchase tickets for the match.
But to their disappointment many of the fans were left in a state of despair as only one ticket counter was catering to the scores of fans who had gathered to get their tickets and many of them had to return home sans any ticket at the end of the day.
"I am waiting here from five o' clock in the morning but still it is one o'clock and it is almost eight hours, but still I am in the queue. And it seems there is only one counter and only one person is giving the ticket. The preparation is not good at all," said Ajitkumar, a cricket fan standing in the queue.
The fans however hoped that they would get tickets as the sales continue over the next couple of days.
The fans present at the counter also expressed their dismay at Indian cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar's decision to hang up his boots from the shorter format of the game.
"We miss our legend, one of the great legends Sachin Tendulkar. So for Indian cricket industry, today is the black day for each and every Indian cricket association," said Sarath Nair, a cricket fan.
Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from the one-day format of the game on Sunday ahead of the three-match series against Pakistan. (ANI)