Some 1.2 million ticket applications were received in the first 48 hours of the public ballot for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which will be held in the West Indies and the US over the summer.
Applications for the cricket tournament have come from 126 countries, with over 900,000 received from fans living in the US and the West Indies.
The ticket ballot will remain open until tomorrow (Wednesday).
Any remaining tickets not reserved in the ballot will be placed on general sale, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis from February 22.
“The initial applications for tickets indicate strong demand for tickets to the first ICC event co-hosted by West Indies and USA,” said the ICC’s head of events, Chris Tetley.
“T20 cricket is a growth vehicle to bring new fans to the sport. It is reassuring to see a large majority of applications coming from the Americas, reflecting the excitement of fans in the region to see world-class cricket. We urge any fan interested in attending to not miss out on entering the ballot before the window closes to ensure you get the best chance of securing your seats.”
Tickets for all 55 matches have been priced with accessibility in mind, with costs starting from as low as $6 (£5/€6). More than 260,000 tickets across the group stage, Super Eight, and semi-finals have been priced at $25 and under.
“Given the global appeal of T20 cricket, we anticipated a high number of applications during the early stages of the public ticket ballot, but to surpass one million applications in the first 48 hours is nothing short of phenomenal and is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and collective efforts of every member of the tournament project team,” added ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 tournament director, Fawwaz Baksh.
“With the ballot remaining open until 23h59 Antigua Standard Time on 7 February 2024, I again encourage all fans, particularly Caribbean fans, to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for tickets as it is the best chance to see all the games they want. The cricketing world is looking forward to you coming out in your numbers and showcasing our Caribbean energy, passion, and camaraderie in a global World Cup festival where cultures will converge, and history will be made.”
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 will take place from June 1-29.