The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hope to put tickets for the upcoming 50-over World Cup on sale online by August 10, after individual staging associations finalise their ticket pricing.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah, after a meeting with the state associations in New Delhi on Thursday, had said that the sale of tickets will be done once the entire process has been followed, asking each state body to share their finalised ticket prices with the Indian board by July 31
However, Shah had made it clear that fans will have to use paper tickets to enter the stadium during its marquee events.
With the World Cup scheduled to kick off from October 5, the Indian board will assign extra collection centers, separate from the stadium, in each city so that fans can pick up tickets.
“We will make arrangements so that the physical tickets can be collected at seven-eight places one week prior to the match. We will make it hassle-free. We will start the e-ticket system in bilateral games first,” Shah said during an interaction with the media.
However, the BCCI, during its meeting with the state associations, informed each state association that they need to reserve a certain quota of tickets for the parent body and the International Cricket Council (ICC).
As per provision, ICC and BCCI will get free 300 hospitality tickets per game. The state will also have to provide 1295 tickets for league games, and 1355 tickets for India and semi-final games to the ICC. The state association will have to give 500 general tickets free of cost to the Indian board. The BCCI has informed that in case the ICC (250 hospitality and 1800 general tickets) and BCCI (300 tickets each in hospitality and general stand tickets) want to buy additional hospitality tickets, the state should provide them.
Outside of these quotas, each state association can buy 40 tickets per game and 10% of the remaining tickets to be purchased by the ICC tour partner.
During its meeting, the BCCI emphasised concession-based quality food products with hygienic distribution and affordable pricing. The board is tying up with a well-known beverage company to provide free drinking water. “We have also tied up with Coca-Cola to provide complimentary water at each stadium,” Shah had said. The state associations will have to install in-stadia signages and have a plan for waste disposal.
With rain possible in the months of October-November at some venues, the staging association will have to ensure they have covers for the entire area of the ground.