ICC Champions Trophy tickets sell out fast

In the first phase of sale, fans from 60 countries have applied for the purchase of 4,17,000 tickets for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

There was large demand for tickets for the final, and matches between India and Pakistan, and England and Australia.   -  Getty Images

Tickets for the ICC Champions Trophy to be held next year have been selling fast, with fans from 60 countries applying for as many as 4,17,000 tickets during the application period.

11 of 15 matches were oversubscribed in at least one price band. The remaining tickets will go on general sale at 2 pm on October 27 via www.icc-cricket.com/ticket. This follows the ticket application period which ran during September.

There was large demand for the final, and matches between India and Pakistan, and England and Australia, all of which were oversubscribed at every price band, along with the opening fixture between England and Bangladesh and India’s match against South Africa.

To ensure fair allocation, oversubscribed matches were run through a ballot. 11 of 15 matches had ballots run in at least one price band. Fans have been notified via e-mail if they have been successful with their ticket application.

ICC chief executive David Richardson, said: “This is superb response from cricket fans not just in the UK but from around the world. To see 11 of the 15 matches oversubscribed shows the popularity of the game and Champions Trophy format where every single match counts. I am delighted that this many tickets have been sold so far out from the tournament, it means we can now focus on selling the remaining tickets and creating the best possible atmosphere at every game.”

While tickets for five matches will not go back on general sale, additional tickets are expected to become available in the spring following the return of those that are not required by tournament stakeholders. There will also be a resale function from February 2017 for fans to sell any unwanted tickets at face value to other fans.

'Great response'

Steve Elworthy, tournament director of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, said: “We are delighted with the great response we have had from fans wanting to be part of the tournament next summer. With availability for 10 matches, including England and India fixtures, people still have the chance to buy tickets to watch the world’s best teams in what promises to deliver exciting cricket.

“So far, fans have only been told what matches they have got tickets for and will be told full allocation details, such as seat and stand, closer to the tournament. This means that any tickets currently being advertised on secondary ticketing sites with allocation details listed are misleading and cannot be guaranteed. We are monitoring this situation with the ICC and are taking the appropriate legal measures against these sites.”

The ICC Champions Trophy sees the top eight-ranked One-Day International (ODI) sides on the ICC ODI team rankings as on 30 September 30, 2014 go head-to-head in a short and sharp, nation versus nation tournament from June 1 to 18 at three iconic cricket venues in England and Wales.

The Oval will stage the opening match of the tournament on June 1 as well as the final on June 18. The Sophia Gardens stadium in Cardiff will host four matches, including the first semifinal on June 14, while Edgbaston will host four matches, including one between India and Pakistan, and between Australia and England, as well as the second semifinal.

October will also see the first batch of tickets for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 go on sale via www.icc-cricket.com/ticket.

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