Indian Cricket World Cup launches new sales phase to appease fans

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Under-fire Indian Cricket World Cup 2023 officials have announced a new sales phase comprising 400,000 tickets.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the tickets are to go on sale on Friday (Sep 8) following discussions with its hosting state associations. This measure, the BCCI said, is aimed at “accommodating as many passionate cricket fans as possible, ensuring their participation in this historic event”.

ESPN Cricinfo reports that the previously unannounced 400,000 tickets have been recouped from state associations having originally been set aside for their members.

Cricket World Cup organisers and ticketing partner BookMyShow have been widely criticised for failing to meet demand by creating a system in which tickets can sell out within minutes. Since tickets went on sale late last month – just weeks before the tournament begins on October 5 – frustrated fans complained of waiting in online queues for hours before being told tickets had sold out.

High demand

“The BCCI acknowledges the high demand for tickets for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023,” the organisation said in a statement.

“Fans are encouraged to act promptly to secure their tickets, as tickets are expected to be in high demand, given the immense global interest in the event.

“The BCCI deeply acknowledges that fans are the heartbeat of the tournament, and their unwavering passion, engagement, and contributions are pivotal to the success of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.”

Organisers last month announced that tickets for the tournament would be released over seven phases between August 25 and September 15. The original plan did not mention multiple on-sales for the tournament’s 58 matches across 12 venues. The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will run from October 5 until November 19.