What can ICC do to avoid rush for World Cup tickets?

By Reuters Staff
February 21, 2011

The website selling just 1000 tickets for the cricket World Cup final in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 2 crashed seconds after they went on sale on Monday sparking furious complaints from fans.

ICC President Sharad Pawar(C), ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat (2nd R) and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Tournament Director Ratnakar Shetty (2nd L) pose with the 2011 Cricket World Cup trophy during an event in Mumbai January 19, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/FilesICC official ticketing partner KyaZoonga.com buckled under the pressure of huge traffic.

Of the 31,000 seats at the Wankhede stadium, only 4000 are available to the public — 1000 online while another 3000 will be sold later for those who queue up at stadium box offices.

The rest are distributed among the ICC and clubs affiliated to the Mumbai Cricket Association.

With such a small proportion available to the general public in a cricket-crazy country, it is little wonder that there has been a mad scramble for tickets.

What can the ICC do to avoid this? Share your views.


As long as there are so few tickets on offer, this situation will continue. 1,000 out of 31,000 tickets on sale online — this is a joke. At least 10,000 should be sold online, 15,000 at the venue and only about 6,000 reserved for VIPs or sold at concessional rates to cricket clubs.

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