‘Technical issue’ stops cricket fans from entering T20 World Cup ticket ballot

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has blamed a “technical issue” for fans missing out on the chance to enter the ticketing ballot for the upcoming 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup. 

The portal was open between February 1-7, with some 1.2 million ticket applications received in the first 48 hours. This increased to more than four million from 170 different countries during the remainder of the ballot.

However, the BBC has reported that some fans were not able to submit entries during the final day.

“We are confident the vast majority of fans were able to participate in the ballot across the seven-day window,” an ICC spokesperson told BBC Sport.

“A technical issue led to the temporary disruption of the ticket ballot website for a short period before the scheduled closure. This was eventually resolved, and the ticketing portal was reopened prior to the deadline for submission of applications.”

The West Indies and the US are set to co-host the tournament between June 1-29.

The ICC also told the BBC that the issue occurred from 22:30 to 23:25 Antigua Standard Time (AST) on the final day.

Cricket fans will find out if they have been successful in the ballot no later than tomorrow (Saturday), and any remaining tickets will be placed on general sale from February 22.

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