Last Friday, several thousand non-resident Bangladeshis witnessed the consequential win of the Tigers against New Zealand to confirm their semifinal berth at Cardiff. Cardiff has a lesser number of Bangladeshi citizens among different cities of England. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সেমিফাইনালের টিকেটের জন্য বাংলাদেশিদের হাহাকার]
But the semifinal match against India aroused incredible interest among non-resident Bangladesh all through England and Wales. Thousands of fans are willing to watch the match from the gallery nevertheless the ticket of the semifinal became a golden deer for Bangladeshis living out there.
An estimated 50 thousand tickets are requested but quite unfortunately, Edgbaston has a crowd capacity of half of them, 25 thousand to the full brim.
Huge number of non-resident Bangladeshis living in London, Cardiff, Manchester, Swansea City and Scotland are reportedly desperate to watch their team playing in the semifinal. They have been knocking in different sources for a ticket. Many of them have been found buying tickets in black markets sacrificing a huge amount of money.
A large bulk of tickets of the semifinal match were purchased by Indian fans as Bangladeshis were in disbelief to watch their team in the prized match. Number of British fans are also selling tickets who bought the ticket of second semifinal; England will meet Sri Lanka in the first semifinal on June 14, 2017.