The remaining tickets for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 matches will go on general sale later this month.
This follows the ticket application period which ran during September and saw 417,000 tickets applied for from fans across 60 countries. There was large demand for India v Pakistan, England v Australia and The Final, all of which were oversubscribed at every price band, along with the opening fixture between England and Bangladesh and India’s match against South Africa.
To ensure fair allocation, any oversubscribed matches were run through a ballot. Eleven of the fifteen matches had ballots run in at least one price band. Fans have been notified via e-mail if they have been successful with their ticket application.
ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson, said: “This is superb response from cricket fans not just in the UK but from around the world. To see 11 of the 15 matches oversubscribed shows the popularity of the game and Champions Trophy format where every single match counts. I am delighted that this many tickets have been sold so far out from the tournament, it means we can now focus on selling the remaining tickets and creating the best possible atmosphere at every game.”
While five matches will not go back on general sale, additional tickets are expected to become available in the spring following the return of any that are not required by tournament stakeholders. There will also be a resale function made available from February 2017 for fans to sell any unwanted tickets at face value to other fans.
Steve Elworthy, Tournament Director of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, said: “We are delighted with the great response we have had from fans wanting to be part of the tournament next summer. With availability for 10 matches, including England and India fixtures, people still have the chance to buy tickets to watch the world’s best teams in what promises to deliver exciting cricket.
“So far fans have only been told what matches they have got tickets for and will be told full allocation details, such as seat and stand, closer to the tournament. This means that any tickets currently being advertised on secondary ticketing sites with allocation details listed are misleading and cannot be guaranteed. We are monitoring this situation with the ICC and are taking the appropriate legal measures against these sites. We strongly recommend that cricket fans around the world buy their tickets only via the official site at www.icc-cricket.com/ticket.”
The remaining tickets will go on general sale on a first come, first served basis at 2pm on Thursday 27 October via www.icc-cricket.com/ticket. There is currently varied availability for the following matches
· New Zealand v Australia at Edgbaston on Friday 2 June
· Sri Lanka v South Africa at The Oval on Saturday 3 June
· Australia v Bangladesh at The Oval on Monday 5 June
· England v New Zealand at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Tuesday 6 June
· Pakistan v South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday 7 June
· India v Sri Lanka at The Oval on Thursday 8 June
· New Zealand v Bangladesh at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Friday 9 June
· Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Monday 12 June
· Semi Final A1 v B2 at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Wednesday 14 June
· Semi Final A2 v B1 at Edgbaston on Thursday 15 June
The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 sees the top eight-ranked ODI sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2014 go head-to-head in a short and sharp, nation versus nation tournament from 1-18 June at three iconic cricket venues in England & Wales.
The Oval will stage the opening match of the tournament on 1 June as well as the Final on 18 June. Cardiff Wales Stadium will host four matches, including the first semi-final on 14 June, while Edgbaston will host four matches, including the India v Pakistan and Australia v England matches as well as the second semi-final.
October will also see the first tickets for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 go on sale via www.icc-cricket.com/ticket. The ballot to apply for tickets to the Final opens on Thursday 20 October and closes on Tuesday 1 November. It’s an opportunity for fans to be part of the tournaments showpiece on Sunday 23 July 2017 and watch two of the world’s best teams battle it out for the right to lift the trophy at Lord’s. Ticket prices start at £20 for adults, £10 for students (aged between 17 and 23-years-old) and £5 for under-16s. The match schedule and further ticket information will be announced in November.