With less than 12 months to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England, the excitement has hit the peak with an unprecedented response from the cricket fraternity.
As per ICC’s media release, the demand has exceeded expectations in the first round of ticket ballots. Over one million tickets have been applied for and thus 42 of the 48 matches will be balloted.
Unsurprisingly, the fixture between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford proved to be the most demanding one. The final at Lord’s on July 14 was four times oversubscribed.
“The response has been fantastic, not only domestically in England and Wales, but from fans around the world, which gives us enormous satisfaction as we work towards making this a truly global celebration of cricket,” Steve Elworthy, CWC19 Managing Director, quoted as saying by ICC.
“We expected a high demand for tickets. So, we look forward to seeing the excitement continue when the Public Ballot opens later this summer,” he added.
Fans will get to know if they have been successful or not in the Cricket Family Ballot next week. The CWC19 Public Ballot will officially open on 1 August 2018, which will be the first time the tickets will be on general release. The same system for the Cricket Family Ballot will be implemented, with ticket allocations being decided on completion of the ballot period on 29 August 2018 at 8pm (BST).
Tickets for all matches at every price band will be available in the CWC19 Public Ballot, with limited allocation for the most popular games. Fans will be reminded to consider back up options for matches to attend, as the 10-team round robin of matches provides plenty of opportunities for fans to see their favourite team.
Children can fetch tickets for £6, with a family of four able to go to selected group games for as little as £44. Remaining tickets will go on general sale on a first-come, first-served basis later in 2018.
For those who win tickets but are unable to attend the match, an official reselling platform will be available for those candidates.
Hospitality tickets can be availed directly from the venues as it will give fans the opportunity to secure a place at the tournament.
(With inputs from ICC)