No E-Ticket For World Cup 2023, Jay Shah Provided Big Update For Cricket Fans

With the T20 World Cup 2023 just a few months away, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is working diligently to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for fans attending the mega event in India. In a recent meeting in Delhi, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah provided updates on the ticketing facility, fan amenities, and other vital matters concerning the tournament.

Jay Shah confirmed no e-ticketing facility for the T20 World Cup 2023. Instead, fans will need to retain physical tickets for entry to the matches. To ease the process, the BCCI will arrange physical ticket redemption centers at 7-8 locations “well in advance.”

Shah explained that the decision to opt for physical tickets was due to the challenge of managing e-tickets in high-capacity venues like Ahmedabad and Lucknow. The BCCI intends to implement e-tickets primarily for bilateral series first, gradually expanding its usage to multi-nation events like the World Cup.

Despite the tournament’s proximity, details regarding ticket booking and pricing are yet to be released. Jay Shah assured fans that a joint announcement by the BCCI and the ICC will be made soon after coordinating with state associations. The process has been ongoing, with 90% of the associations submitting their manifests, while the rest have been given time until Monday to complete their submissions. The BCCI is finalizing the ticketing partner to ensure a seamless experience for fans eager to secure seats for this cricketing spectacle.

“We can’t use e-tickets this time around but will ensure to have physical tickets redemption at 7-8 centers well in advance. But the physical ticket needs to be retained. Managing e-ticket at high-capacity venues like Ahmedabad and Lucknow will be difficult. Our plan is to start using e-tickets more in bilaterals first and then take it to multi-nation events like the World Cup,” the BCCI secretary added.

Recognizing the importance of fan amenities during the tournament, Jay Shah shared insights on the measures taken to enhance the overall experience for spectators. The BCCI is working on providing free drinking water to fans in the stands, tying up with Coca-Cola, an official partner of the ICC. Coca-Cola’s water brand Kinley will be made available to fans in packaged water bottles or by the glass, ensuring that fans stay hydrated during the matches.

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He said, “We will tie-up with company like Coca-Cola, which is official partner of ICC too. Coca-Cola’s water brand Kinley will be served in the stands. That’s what we are trying. Whether it will be packaged water bottle or by glass, we will get to know soon because there are some constraints with regards to bottle. Whatever it will be, it will be completely free.”

Furthermore, ensuring hygiene and clean facilities is a top priority for the BCCI. Shah emphasized the ongoing upgradation drive across stadiums hosting World Cup matches to ensure that fans have access to clean toilets and a safe environment.

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