Demand for tickets to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales has reached over one million applications for the Cricket Family Ballot.
With just under a year to go until the tournament kicks off, the first round of ticket ballots have been successful, with 42 of the 48 matches being balloted.
England will open the tournament, which will be held from May 30 to July 14, at The Oval when they will take on South Africa, while Australia will launch their title defence on June 1 against the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier champions Afghanistan in a day/night match in Bristol.
The Old Trafford fixture between India and Pakistan proved to be the most popular, receiving enough applications to fill the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium twice over, closely followed by the final at Lord’s on July 14, which is currently four times oversubscribed.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 managing director Steve Elworthy said: “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.
“We expected a high demand for tickets, so we are pleased we could reward the players, coaches, umpires and supporters who make up the ‘Cricket Family’ via priority access.
“We look forward to seeing the excitement continue when the Public Ballot opens later this summer.”
Fans will discover if they have been successful or not in the Cricket Family Ballot next week. There will then be another opportunity to purchase the remaining tickets when the CWC19 Public Ballot opens August 1, 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 August 29.
Tickets for more than half of the group stage matches, around 80,000 tickets, will cost £20, while there will be 200,000 more tickets costing up to £50.