Over 200,000 tickets were sold across 45 matches in the pre-sale for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which is set to take place in Australia later this year.

Tickets also went on sale to the general public today (Monday) with around 800,000 fans expected to attend the tournament.

The most popular match in the pre-sale was India vs Pakistan, followed by the final on November 13 and Australia vs New Zealand.

The next two popular purchases included the Australia vs England and Afghanistan vs Group B runner-up double-header, and the South Africa vs Bangladesh and India vs Group A runner-up double-header.

Children’s tickets are available for first round and Super 12 matches from just A$5 (£2.60/€3/$3.50), with adult tickets available for as little as A$20 at select matches.

The start of the general sale coincided with the launch of the T20 World Cup’s ‘This is the Big Time’ campaign, highlighting the impending action of the tournament in Australia.

Some 16 teams will compete between October 16 and November 13 across seven host cities.

The campaign was developed with Australian creative agency Cummins & Partners and features Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and India’s Rishabh Pant.

Chief executive of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 20222 Local Organising Committee, Michelle Enright, said: “There’s nothing bigger in cricket than a World Cup and the T20 format is such a fun, energetic, vibrant celebration of cricket and culture – it really is the big time and that’s exactly what this campaign is about.”

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