Indians Not Selling Their World Cup Final Tickets Despite Exit of Kohli's Men, Lord's May Witness a 'Sea of Blue'July 12, 2019 14:58
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The majority of people who landed in the United Kingdom to experience watching ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final July 14 are Indians across the globe.
But despite India's shock ouster in the semi-finals, 90 percent of the fans who have made plans for their trips months in advance, will still be thronging at the 'Mecca of Cricket' hoping for some high-quality action.
Contrary to expecting that Indian fans would be selling off their tickets for the final, which they have purchased in anticipation of Virat Kohli and his team playing the final, resale traffic is really low, according to ICC's ticketing website,
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If a buyer of the ticket has registered himself with the website and someone in ownership of tickets wants to sell off, the former gets an email confirmation.
The various price categories like bronze (95 GBP), silver (195 GBP), gold (295 GBP) and platinum (395 GBP) have sold out markers against them. Even the tickets for minors in all these categories which come for 20, 30 and 40 GBP respectively have also been sold out.
"The resale platform - has been busy with lots of people looking for tickets but very few selling. So interest is still high. We have the platform if they want to sell," an ICC spokesperson told PTI when asked if things would change post-India's defeat.
With England starting off well against Australia on the day, there is an expectation that the British citizens of Indian origin, will root for their adopted nation."Don't forget though most of those India fans are also UK citizens so may come and support England depending on today," the spokesperson further added.
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Another ICC source said that Indians particularly all those coming from the United States, Australia, and Canada to watch the semi-final and final have all their bookings done. "They have paid for return airfares, done their hotel bookings and have already watched a semi-final. Why will they leave without getting the feel of a World Cup final at the Lord's," the source said.
There could be quite a lot people who might just try to sell off their tickets at premium prices but manifestly there won't be fresh demands from the Indian community and its improbable that New Zealanders, or Australians or English will ease off their purse strings to shell out a grand or two like supporters of 'Men in Blue'.
By Sowmya Sangam