Organisers of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India are under pressure to confirm the match schedule just weeks away from the competition getting under way.
Many fans are unhappy that tickets are only going on sale from later this week – a mere six weeks before the opening game on October 5 – while there is also consternation that the schedule could again be tinkered with. Nine games have already been switched since the schedule was published in June, and it is reported that Hyderabad officials are still advocating for a change to one of their games.
The Times of India goes as far as to describe planning for the tournament as a “mess”, with several fans explaining how the lack of uncertainty is impacting their plans. The schedule changes and late, staggered ticketing launch are causing particular problems for fans who need to arrange travel and accommodation.
A tournament official told The Times of India “we are three-four months late when it comes to schedule and tickets.”
While tickets for some games will be available from August 25, on-sales for games featuring India get under way for different venues between August 30 and September 3. Tickets for the semi-finals and final go on sale on September 15.
In comparison, when India co-hosted the tournament in 2011, ticket sales commenced in June 2010.
Earlier this month, BCCI chief executive Hemang Amin said: “We are delighted to announce that fans can register to receive information and updates on official tickets for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
“The schedule, after some amendments, has now been finalised and fans can now look forward to buying tickets and watching some high-quality cricket. The BCCI will leave no stone unturned to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience at all the hosting venues.”