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Public ballots to decide ticket distribution

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February 26, 2011

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A policeman tries to control the crowd after a mini-stampede broke out among people queuing up for tickets for the India-England game outside the M Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore, February 24, 2011
Fans haven't had the best deal with regards to tickets this World Cup © AFP

The ICC has decided to set up a public ballot system for ticket sales for the semi-finals and final of the 2011 World Cup. The ballot opens on February 28 and closes on March 6, and the application form can be downloaded here. The tickets were initially meant to go on sale on February 21 but the website selling them, Kyazoonga.com, crashed due to heavy traffic, forcing the ICC to take up an alternative measure.

"It was most unfortunate and no blame should be directed at Kyazoonga, the ICC's official ticketing partner, as no one could have anticipated that tens of millions people would be trying to access the site an hour before it went live," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, told reporters in Bangalore. "In truth Kyazoonga have been an innocent third party in all the issues we have had with ticketing.

"In conjunction with the hosts, we have now agreed that a ballot system is the best means of releasing any available tickets for the semis and final. The high demand clearly proves the massive attraction of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and format of 50 overs cricket."

A limit of two tickets applies to each application. Once completed and submitted, the applicant will receive a Ballot Application Number, which will be part of the draw made by computer on March 10. Successful applicants will be informed on March 11 and following an online payment through the Kyazoonga website, the tickets would be sent from the third week of March.

The semi-finals will be held in Colombo and Mohali on March 29 and 30, followed by the final on April 2 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The lack of a centralised ticketing system in the Indian leg of the World Cup has exposed two major issues: the lopsided availability of public tickets as well as a delayed distribution system by local associations, which has led to anger from fans and disgruntlement amongst sponsors.

People queuing up for tickets for the India-England game in Bangalore were at the receiving end of a baton-charge by the police, as the number of tickets made available to the public simply failed to match the overwhelming demand. Lorgat described the incident as "unfortunate" but said a centralised ticketing system was something the ICC was looking to implement in the next World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.


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Posted by Q on (February 28, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

agree big time with muski.....

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 28, 2011, 8:36 GMT)

You cannot select the stand /category to participate in the ballot lottery. Its absurd.. :(

Posted by Shashika on (February 28, 2011, 7:33 GMT)

Has anyone succeeded in geting registered with the system???? There seems to be bug in the system. Can't select the stand type..ICC sux big time

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 27, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

As somebody already suggested in Cricinfo , hold an auction for these tickets. This way ICC will be benefited and the whole process will be transparent .

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 27, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

" no one could have anticipated that tens of millions people would be trying to access the site an hour before it went live" ... let alone the rest of the world cricket lovers. India itself have a billion people living there in their country and they did not "anticipated" ten million people to get the tickets for final. Lorgat needs to step down asap, I can't take his foolish comments anymore.

Posted by Sanjiv on (February 27, 2011, 2:01 GMT)

So both ICC and BCCI seriously under-estimated the demand for tickets? This goes beyond en error of planning - this is a fundamental lapse in Event Management by the ICC. Cricket ticket demand should have been projected to be very high at the outset. Now, when the next world cup is held in Australoia and NZ, then you will see a need to worry about demand! I am expecting a luke-warm attendance at that world cup.

Posted by Sudeep on (February 27, 2011, 2:00 GMT)

@zuber: It is not BCCI's fault. It is ICC's fault and they have admitted it. And regarding the website crash. I hope india scores so heavily that cricinfo crashes as well.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 26, 2011, 22:00 GMT)

Watch out when Sachin scores heavy Cricinfo will crash again :)

Posted by zuber on (February 26, 2011, 20:52 GMT)

As i told in my previous comment before WC, that preparations are lacking the standard of a global mega event, well that is even far to think about, here we don't even have a proper system to give out tickets, i mean imagine, we want to promote our game, people want to accept the game, want to come in, but there is no system to let them in, this can be real let down, BCCI as one of the strongest and powerful board in cricket, would have something knowing they are the part of 2011 mega event of cricket, this will remain a history as you have the capability and power to do it but still you are not using it, which is not good for the progress of this game and specially 50 over format

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 26, 2011, 18:07 GMT)

This is mainly due to lack of planning. Everyone knows that sub-continent mad over cricket and especially they will go double crazy when crickets greatest showpiece taking place there. The ICC and respective cricket boards knows this better than anyone. Most probably when 2023 world cup returns back to sub-continents, the venue capacities must increase significantly. Sub-continent lacks of 90,000+ cricket stadiums. Most of the existing grounds are below 50,000, which is not enough for even current demand.

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