Ticket sales have recommenced for this year’s ICC Champions Trophy international cricket competition that will take place in the UK in June.
Fans who were unsuccessful in last year’s ballot – when 417,000 people from 60 countries registered their interest – were given access to 34,000 tickets across all fixtures in a 24-hour priority window ahead of the general sale. An additional 34,000 tickets, including those selected for resale, were made available from lunchtime today (Wednesday).
Organisers said all remaining tickets for the tournament’s 15 games will go on sale in early May.
They added that demand for the 50-over event, which starts with hosts England against Bangladesh at The Oval on June 1, has already surpassed sales at this point compared with 2013.
Fans also have the opportunity to sell any tickets they have purchased and no longer require through the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 resale service. So far, over 1,000 tickets have been posted on the website and will be available for other fans to buy.
Steve Elworthy, tournament director, said: “Our preparations are now well underway for this summer’s tournament. There will be some spectacular matches – just as there were in 2013 – and every cricket fan will want to be there to feel the atmosphere and see the action first hand.
“Demand for tickets has been huge and we recognise that there are many fans still keen to purchase. That is why we are putting around 34,000 tickets on sale as soon as possible to allow fans to plan their summer of cricket and why we want to reward those fans who took the time to apply last autumn yet weren’t successful, with access to an initial 34,000
“We urge fans to only buy tickets from authorised ticket sites, which is why we are providing a resale service via www.icc-cricket.com/tickets. It will allow fans to sell any unwanted tickets at face value to fellow fans in a safe and secure way. This is the only way you guarantee a ticket and avoid disappointment.”
Additional tickets have been made available for the five matches at Edgbaston in Birmingham, due to a temporary stand that will be installed ahead of the tournament. The extra 800 seats will boost the capacity of the UK’s biggest cricket venue outside of London to help meet the high demand for matches.
The ICC Champions Trophy will feature England, Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.