The cricket world will witness a new world champion on July 14 at the historic Lord’s when New Zealand and England lock horns to lift the coveted trophy in the final of the ICC World Cup 2019. The craze for the tickets for the summit clash has witnessed a new high. Although the International Cricket Council (ICC) has warned the buyers to purchase the tickets from ICC’s official platform and any tickets brought from unauthorised outlets will be canceled, the resale of the tickets haven’t stopped with the demand for tickets being sky high.
Earlier, the ICC made it clear that the secondary ticketing sites are offering tickets at a massively inflated price and the tickets for the summit clash are being offered for resale with a tag of thousands of pounds. On Friday, two seats in the Compton Stand of the Lord’s were on sale on StubHub for £16,584.80 or Rs 14, 28, 457 – more than 50 times of the original price of £295 or Rs 25,408. Other packages for the grand finale between England and New Zealand were being priced at £3000-4000 or Rs 2, 58, 550-3, 44, 733.
The ICC has previously warned and advised those with unwanted tickets for not using third-party resale platforms.
“In order to maximise attendance and support the long-term growth of cricket, we have worked hard to ensure that genuine fans from around the world can attend CWC19, with an affordable and fair ticket-pricing policy being a top priority for this tournament,” Steve Elworthy, ICC Cricket World Cup managing director, said.
“It is therefore very disappointing to see tickets on secondary ticketing websites selling at vastly inflated prices. We are doing our utmost to limit the secondary ticket market, however, a lack of legislation in the UK means we are restricted in the preventative action we can take to stop fans being ripped off and forced to pay over the odds. We have been and will continue to cancel the accounts and tickets we see being sold on secondary sites,” Elworthy further said.