Cricket World Cup 2023 Ticketing is ‘very bad,’ Frustrating Fans

Cricket World Cup 2023 ticketing is ‘very bad,’ frustrating fans. Every cricket fan has a World Cup on their bucket list. The chance only presents itself once every four years, requires a long and grueling wait, and may be expensive, but in the end, it is worthwhile.

Many Cricket World Cup fans in India had wanted to attend the tournament on home soil, but the organizers’ failure to provide the final schedule on time and the tumultuous ticketing procedure have prompted many to abandon their plans.

Just 100 days before the World Cup begins on October 5 with the defending champions England playing New Zealand in the opening match in Ahmedabad, the International Cricket Council, the world’s governing body of cricket and the tournament’s organizer, published the schedule on June 27.

The last two ODI World Cup schedules, in Australia and New Zealand (2015) and England and Wales (2019), were released more than a year in advance, therefore the delayed announcement was met with criticism from supporters.

Then, on August 9, less than two months before the competition began, the 2023 World Cup organizers released a revised schedule, further confusing supporters.

Nine games had their schedules or start times changed, including the eagerly anticipated India vs. Pakistan match in Ahmedabad, which was shifted from its original date of October 15 to October 14. According to reports, the program was altered in response to requests from participating nations and security concerns.

The 28-year-old made a new travel reservation for the revised date, but even that effort was in vain because he was unable to obtain the match tickets.

A lot of mishandling has occurred. Many others were unable to obtain match tickets because they had already made travel arrangements, according to Batra, speaking to Al Jazeera.

Batra claimed that after the event was rescheduled, the cost of one-way tickets increased to 23,000 Indian rupees ($277) from his original round-trip cost of 30,000 Indian rupees ($360).

In Ahmedabad, prices for certain hotel rooms increased by more than 12 times the typical rate, with rooms costing as much as 53,000 rupees ($637) per night in three-star hotels due to last-minute revisions to the fixture list.

Those who are fortunate enough to obtain match tickets may also be subject to exorbitant costs. On the official booking platform, World Cup tickets start at 499 rupees ($6) and may cost as much as 40,000 rupees ($481) per person. The most expensive ticket for India vs. Pakistan sold for 25 million rupees ($300,545) on Viagogo, a global ticket exchange and ticket resale company. The prices in the secondary market are outrageous.

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