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No e-tickets for 2023 ODI World Cup, 7 to 8 centers for physical tickets redemption: BCCI secretary Jay Shah

By India Today Sports Desk: Ticket holders need to procure physical tickets and show them at entry gates at stadia across the country during the 2023 World Cup. Indian cricket board (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah confirmed after a meeting on Thursday that there will be no provision for e-tickets even though tickets for the marquee 50-over tournament will be sold online.

The lack of e-tickets at certain venues during Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 led to crowing outside the stadia as fans found it difficult to procure the physical copy of tickets. However, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said around 7 to 8 centers will be created for procuring the physical ticket copy and arrangements would be made to ensure a smooth experience for fans during the ODI World Cup.

Jay Shah confirmed the developments after BCCI top brass met with the state associations who are hosting matches during the ODI World Cup in 2023 in New Delhi on Thursday, July 27. The board secretary explained that it’s not possible to have e-tickets for the World Cup but the BCCI is hopeful of having a system in place for bilaterals first and then take it forward.

“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 physical ticket needs to be retained,” Jay Shah, who also shed light on the potential rescheduling of a few matches, told reporters.

“It will get difficult to manage e-tickets at high-capacity venues like Ahmedabad and Lucknow. 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 went on to add,” he added.

The delay in the announcement of ticket sales has led to confusion and traveling fans are fretting the logistical issues that they might face during the World Cup. Bharat Army, one of the biggest fan groups of the Indian cricket team, founder Rakesh Patel, speaking to indiatoday.in, explained the trouble that the traveling fans might go through due to the delay in ticket sales for the World Cup.

TICKET SALES SOON?

However, Jay Shah confirmed that the ICC and the BCCI will soon announce ticket sales and that the partners for the same have been finalised.

“We had a word with the state associations today on the tickets. 90 percent of the associations came with the manifests and 1-2 didn’t have it ready. We have given them time till Monday to sort it out. The ICC and BCCI will then jointly announce ticket pricing and everything.

“The ticketing partner is also almost sorted.”

India is set to host the prestigious 2023 Cricket World Cup, marking the first time the country will solely host the tournament. The event, scheduled from October 5 to November 19, 2023, will be spread across ten venues in India, including Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Dharamsala, Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, Pune, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Kolkata. Additionally, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram will host warm-up matches from September 29 to October 3.

The tournament will kick off with a match between England and New Zealand in Ahmedabad on October 5. However, all eyes will be on the Indian cricket team as they begin their campaign on October 8 against five-time World Cup winners Australia in Chennai. This high-profile match is expected to set the tone for the rest of the tournament.

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