Kashif Abdul Razzaq
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is optimistic about making tickets available for purchase online for the ICC World Cup 2023 by August 10.
As per The Indian Express, the availability of tickets is dependent on the finalization of pricing by individual staging associations.
Following a meeting with state associations in New Delhi, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah announced that the ticket sale process would commence after all necessary steps are completed. He also urged each state body to share their finalized ticket prices with the Indian board before July 31.
Fans attending the tournament will be required to use paper tickets for entry into the stadiums.
Shah informed the media that arrangements will be made for the collection of physical tickets at multiple locations one week prior to each match, ensuring a hassle-free experience. Initially, the e-ticket system will be implemented during bilateral games.
In addition, the BCCI has asked state associations to reserve a specific quota of tickets for the BCCI and the International Cricket Council (ICC). This allocation will include 300 complimentary hospitality tickets per game.
Moreover, the state associations will provide 1295 tickets for league games and 1355 tickets for India and semi-final games to the ICC. Additionally, 500 general tickets will be offered free of cost to the BCCI.
If the ICC (250 hospitality and 1800 general tickets) and BCCI (300 tickets each in hospitality and general stand) wish to purchase more, the state associations will be responsible for providing additional hospitality tickets.
Apart from these quotas, each state association will have the option to purchase 40 tickets per game. The ICC tour partner will buy 10% of the remaining tickets.
During the meeting, the BCCI emphasized the importance of providing quality food products at affordable prices within the stadium premises. Discussions are underway with a renowned beverage company to offer complimentary drinking water during the matches.
The ICC World Cup will feature 10 teams competing for the coveted title across 10 venues from October 5 to November 19. The tournament opener and the final will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The Cricket World Cup will follow a round-robin format, with all teams playing against each other in a total of 45 league matches.
The top four teams will advance to the semifinals, scheduled to take place in Mumbai on November 15 and Kolkata on November 16. Reserve days have been allocated for the semifinals and the final.