The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reported that tickets for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales are close to selling out.

The sport’s world governing body has provided its latest update after the general sale phase of the ticketing programme opened yesterday (Thursday). This follows a short priority window for fans who had missed out on tickets during previous ballots this summer.

The two previous ballot phases saw the ICC receive 2.9 million applications for the 800,000 tickets available. As of 4pm BST yesterday, the ICC said that less than 20,000 tickets remain via its official ticketing website, which is operated by Ticketmaster.

The 2019 World Cup will run from May 30 to July 14. Lord’s and The Oval (London), Edgbaston (Birmingham), Old Trafford (Manchester), Headingley (Leeds), Trent Bridge (Nottingham), The Riverside Durham (Chester-le-Street), County Ground (Bristol), Hampshire Bowl (Southampton) and County Ground (Taunton) will host games in England, with Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, Wales also staging matches.

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