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Australia opener Chris Rogers has been left red-faced after his company Inside Edge Experience was banned from selling hospitality packages for the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.
Rogers, who set the company up with former Middlesex team-mate Tom Scollay, was offering packages for up to £2,910 for the Test.
However, Middlesex revealed that the company did not have the authority to sell the packages or use the club’s logo. As a result of this, Middlesex have confirmed that they will be taking action to ensure Inside Edge Experience do not sell any more tickets or packages.
“There has been a bit of a misunderstanding, which led to tickets going on sale when they should not have,” Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington told The Daily Telegraph. “We do not condone our tickets being sold on corporate websites. They have to be fully authorised. We have taken steps to rectify the matter and we will learn from it. In this case, too much enthusiasm and naivety has caused this difficulty. We will not be releasing the tickets.”
While Rogers has declined to comment, Cricket Australia made it clear that no disciplinary action will be taken against the 37-year-old.
“Chris had declared his involvement with this company,” a Cricket Australia spokeswoman said. “We are 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 were aware of his involvement in this tour company. We were not privy to the nuts and bolts of the business as it is a personal venture but we are confident that Chris acted in good faith. He was not trying to circumvent the rules or pull the wool over anyone’s eyes.”