The sale of tickets for the ICC WT20 will begin on Wedesday at . A BCCI press release late on Tuesday said: “Phase 1 of the ICC WT20 ticket sale will go live on 24th February 2016. This would encompass all matches being played, including the women’s fixtures. Phase 1 of the ticket sale will see tickets go on sale for the matches (excluding India matches and the Semi Finals & Final of the men’s and women’s events) to be played at the following venues; Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata and Mohali. The online sale of tickets will commence at 12:00 noon on 24th February.’’

The release also said the sales portal will be accessible via the ICC website and that the sale of tickets for the matches in Mumbai, Delhi and Nagpur will begin in Phase 2.

Fair and equal

A lottery system has been created for fair and equal distribution of tickets for seven of the highly sought-after matches (four India matches, semi-finals and the final). Cricket fans have to initially register online stating their match preferences after which they would be enrolled in the draw for lottery.

The press release went on to state that “the winners from the random draw will be given an opportunity to buy tickets for the match they have opted for and will receive a payment link to complete their booking. The window to register will be open for seven days only, starting 25th February 2016. The entire process will be monitored and audited by a reputed auditing agency, to ensure transparency, fairness and efficacy. Also, to maximise participation, no more than two tickets per person can be purchased for any of the India matches, or either of the semi finals or the final. For all the remaining matches, including all the women games (except the women’s semifinals and final), customers can purchase a maximum of six tickets per match.’’

The authorities have put in place an online queue management system that will assign a virtual token to every customer who logs onto the platform to buy these tickets. This system will inform the number of users ahead of them and the approximate time left.