World Cup organisers on Saturday said they are releasing more tickets for Sunday’s high-octane India-England clash following the uproar among fans over the shortage of tickets.
Hundreds of unused tickets that were blocked by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for England and Kolkata fans and outsiders would be sold online on Saturday night.
“All unused tickets that were blocked by the ICC for English and Kolkata fans for the Sunday’s match will be sold tonight (Saturday) online after 8 p.m. through the designated (ticketing) website www.kyazoonga.com,” Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) secretary and former Indian pacer Javagal Srinath told reporters here.
Though the ICC is not clear how many of the blocked tickets are being surrendered, Srinath said all the unused tickets given to the KSCA would be made available for local fans online at the price they were sold earlier.
“Unused blocked tickets are coming to us in batches of 50-100 and in some cases 200-250 from the ICC. They will be sold online and not through the counters at the price they were bought earlier,” Srinath said.
The ICC is also likely to surrender a large number of tickets that were originally reserved for its sponsors, commercial partners, clubs, associations and VIP guests who were to watch the match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The tie was shifted to Bangalore last month.
“As the match got shifted from Kolkata to Bangalore at a short notice, not many English and Kolkata fans are likely to turn up due to travel and other reasons. Many of those were given complimentary tickets by the ICC due to protocol,” a KSCA official said.
Keywords: Cricket World Cup 2011