The anticipation for the 2023 Cricket World Cup is reaching a fever pitch, and with it comes the eagerly awaited release of tickets. Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has shared his perspective on the delay in ticket availability, reassuring fans that when they become available, they’ll be snapped up in a blink of an eye.
Sourav Ganguly’s confidence in the demand for World Cup tickets is unwavering. Speaking at the launch event for Casagrand in Mumbai, he dismissed concerns about ticket availability, expressing certainty that the tickets would be in such high demand that they wouldn’t last even for “seven hours.” Ganguly, known for his fearless leadership on and off the field, projected an air of optimism about the frenzy surrounding the ticket release.
The ticket release strategy for the 2023 World Cup follows a staggered approach, unlike the 2011 World Cup, where ticket sales commenced nearly a year before the event. For the upcoming World Cup, tickets for non-India matches will be the first to become available on August 25, a mere 41 days before the tournament’s opening match. Subsequently, tickets for India matches will be divided by venues and rolled out.
Ganguly specifically highlighted the allure of the much-anticipated India-Pakistan match. He asked, “Do you think India-Pakistan tickets will last seven days or even seven hours?” His assertion is grounded in the intense cricketing rivalry between the two nations, which has historically drawn massive attention from fans worldwide. This contest is more than just a cricket match; it’s a cultural and emotional event that transcends the boundaries of the sport.
While Ganguly’s optimism is infectious, there are valid concerns raised by observers regarding the delayed ticket sales. The limited timeframe between ticket release and the start of the tournament could potentially impact fans’ ability to make necessary arrangements, particularly for those travelling from overseas. The logistical challenges of arranging travel plans, securing clearances, and obtaining visas within such a tight window could be a hurdle for many.
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Even for the Indian audience, the delay in ticket sales might have some repercussions. The anticipated surge in hotel and flight prices after the tickets are secured could strain the budgets of those planning to attend the World Cup. This phenomenon is common for major sporting events where the demand for accommodation and transportation surges once tickets arrive.