World T20 2016 January 18, 2016

ICC WT20 tickets yet to go on sale

Sidharth Monga and Nagraj Gollapudi

"If the tickets are made available well in advance those asking for complimentary passes make your life difficult," a BCCI official said © BCCI

The tickets for the World Twenty20 are likely to go up for sale by the end of this week, with the BCCI saying it doesn't think it is too late for the tickets to be made available.

The first qualifier starts on March 8, but the Indian board is happy to have the tickets up for grabs a little under two months from the first match of the "main" tournament on March 15. However, when the schedule of the World Twenty20 was announced, the ICC insisted that the qualifying part of the tournament be called the first round of the tournament.

At any rate, India have set the record for putting the tickets up for sale with least amount of planning time available for the fans when it comes to world events.

For the World Cup co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in February-March 2011, tickets went up for sale on June 1, 2010. In 2012, Sri Lanka offered World T0 tickets six months before the event. The West Indies provided a five-and-a-month notice for the World T20 in 2010. Bangladesh, who hosted the World T20 in March 2014, started the sale of tickets on November 7, 2013. Even South Africa, who hosted the first World T20, put up tickets for sale three months in advance.

The ticketing process is always the host board's responsibility. In an emailed response, the ICC has refused to be drawn into any criticism of the ticketing process. "It will be inappropriate to compare the ICC WT20 India 2016 with any previous event as the preparation for every event is different," the ICC said.

However, a source in the ICC, closely involved with the organising part of the event, told ESPNcricinfo that everything from announcing venues to making tickets available has been handled in the usual ad-hoc manner. "The BCCI pays no heed or provides reasons for delays," the source said.

That the venues were announced only three months before the event were already a source of frustration for the travelling fan who usually looks for bargains by booking air tickets and accommodation well in advance. The fans looking to travel to India will be left even more frustrated because the tickets are not readily available, especially for an event in India, and you ideally don't want to make travel plans before securing tickets for the matches you wish to attend.

The BCCI, though, doesn't feel it is late. A BCCI official said the dynamics of hosting an event in India were different, and it shouldn't even be compared with the 2011 World Cup, which was co-hosted by three nations. "There is still two months to go," he said, "The first match of the main tournament is on March 15. And it works differently in India anyway. The anticipation in the public only builds up closer to the event, but if the tickets are made available well in advance, those asking for complimentary passes make your life difficult."

Tickets in India generally go up for sale less than a week before international bilaterals or smaller tournaments. A huge chunk of the tickets is anyway not put up for sale with local associations handing them out for free to their members and influential people in their constituencies.

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  •   Faizan Ahmed Samoo on January 20, 2016, 8:49 GMT

    I'm applying for india's visa to see all the matches. But unfortunately here the processing time in 60 days and you need to show up the match tickets to make your case strong. And now there are less then 60 days remaining and i'm applying the visa without the tickets as i have booked my hotels and air tickets . I hope indian embassy will look into it and hopefully would issue the visa.

  •   Paul Brunskill on January 20, 2016, 7:25 GMT

    My wife and I went to Sri Lanka from England where the cost of all the preliminary matches involving England plus semi and finals about 24 tickets in total ( OK most were on the grass bank behind the dancing girls!) came to less than £15/£25/1,500 INR. The cheapest tickets were 40 US cents a match. Tickets were booked online and delivered by courier to England. I see agents are already advertising tickets from £50-250 a match so if we availed ourselves of their services it would set us back £1200 minimum. It would appear that as well as being inneficient someone is doing a good job of diverting tickets to legalised touts. I look forward to seeing the prices, maybe we will give India a miss. The gain of the touts is the loss of the hoteliers and restauraunteurs not to mention chai and mango sellers.

  •   Timothy Smith on January 19, 2016, 22:46 GMT

    For those asking where to get tickets, dont assume you can buy them online. quite often each ground is a different method. sometimes you can only apply in india and have to pick them up in person from the bank. my guess is you'll probably have to have an indian number just for starters.

  • Shoaib on January 19, 2016, 15:10 GMT

    I can't wait for IND VS PAK game! PAKISTAN ALL THE WAY!!!

  • Jay on January 19, 2016, 14:04 GMT

    Very poor management by the BCCI. It's one thing to be the most powerful (richest) cricket board in the world, and it's another thing to be the most responsible one. I am a Canadian cricket supporter rooting for Team India and I planned to make a trip during my spring holidays. Looks like I will have to cut short my plans to visit the country thanks to Mr. Manohar and his board's mismanagement of time and funds. These kinds of things are unheard of in Canada and the USA where professionalism and ethics are held supreme over everything else; especially when it comes to the management of sporting events. Get your act straight dear BCCI and think about the cricket loving public for once.

  • Paul on January 19, 2016, 12:51 GMT

    We have been waiting for ages for the tickets to go on sale. But I think 2 months is long enough, I am looking for good final tickets, willing to pay a FAIR rate, nothing stupid, I am on Twitter @legb4cricket if you want to sell them, we will pick up in Kolkata.

  • Kazi on January 19, 2016, 12:26 GMT

    Oh! so this problem also exists in India. I thought it is the case only for Bangladesh. Some tickets go to a syndicate which buy a ticket for 100 and sell it for 1000. The powerful, rich and politicians grab most of the others. Even a report says, a person bought a ticket but could not sit in his specified seat because an influential politician was enjoying the match sitting there.

  • Vinod on January 19, 2016, 11:22 GMT

    @ EYBALLFALLENOUT ON JANUARY 19, 2016, 6:17 GMT - geez dude...bit of a long bow you are flattered that you;ve credited my board officials with such ingenuinity and original thinking....that comment of yours is conspiracy theory laced imagination working on turbo....awesome...cricinfo plz publish

  • CricMystique on January 19, 2016, 11:19 GMT

    That organisation famed for its transperency and its forward thinking, normal service from the cement heads....the day BCCI is dissolved, all govt involvement reduced to nil in indian cricket and indian cricket run by an organisation not unlike a corporate where accountability is of paramount importance and each $$ coming in is accounted for, is the day indian cricket will take that gigantic step up....i am hoping and positive this will happen in my life time.....cricinfo plz publish

  • HARJIT on January 19, 2016, 11:02 GMT

    Guys anyone knows how BCCI is selling tickets ? whoz ticketing partner where to buy ? No diclosure on that ..

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