No e-tickets this time for ODI World Cup, 7-8 centers for physical tickets redemption, says BCCI secretary Jay Shah
The 50-over World Cup ticket sales are expected to begin online by August 10 according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), once each staging association has finalised its ticket pricing.
Following a meeting with the state associations on Thursday in New Delhi, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah stated that the sale of tickets would only take place once the full procedure had been followed. He requested that each state organisation communicate their finalised ticket prices with the Indian board by July 31.
During the 2023 World Cup, ticket holders must get physical tickets and present them at entry gates at stadiums all around the nation. Even though tickets for the major 50-over competition will be offered online, Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah announced following a meeting on Thursday that there will be no option for e-tickets.
During the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, the absence of e-tickets at some sites caused crowing outside the stadiums as fans struggled to obtain the physical copies of tickets. A pleasant experience for fans at the ODI World Cup will be ensured, according to BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, who stated that 7 to 8 centres will be established for purchasing the actual ticket copy.
After the top brass of the BCCI met with the state associations hosting matches during the ODI World Cup in 2023 on Thursday, July 27 in New Delhi, Jay Shah announced the developments. The board secretary clarified that while e-tickets for the World Cup are not viable, the BCCI is confident that a system will be in place for bilaterals first before moving further with it.
This time, we are unable to use electronic tickets; however, we will make sure that hard tickets may be redeemed at 7-8 centres well in advance. However, the real ticket must be kept, Jay Shah informed reporters while also addressing the possibility of rescheduling a few games.
"E-ticket management may become challenging at large-capacity stadiums like Ahmedabad and Lucknow. The BCCI secretary continued, "Our strategy is to begin using e-tickets more in bilaterals initially and then expand it to multi-nation games like the World Cup.
Confusion has resulted from the delay in the announcement of ticket sales, and travelling supporters are concerned about potential logistical problems during the World Cup. Rakesh Patel, the founder of Bharat Army, one of the largest supporter organisations for the Indian cricket team, explained the difficulties that travelling supporters would have as a result of the World Cup ticket sales delay to indiatoday.in.
TICKET SALES SOON
Jay Shah did, however, reveal that the ICC and BCCI will soon announce ticket sales and that the companies involved had been chosen.
"We discussed the tickets with the state associations today. 90 percent of the associations have manifests, while only 1-2 did not. They have till Monday to resolve the issue. Then, the ICC and BCCI will jointly reveal all information regarding ticket prices.