Ticket tumult ahead of the two semifinals of the ICC Champions Trophy, 2017, has brought turmoil to the sport’s governing body.
The first of the two semifinals is going to kick off within several hours from now on but the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been trying their best to manage the reshuffling of tickets as particular team fans are running to adjust tickets of their own team.
According to a senior ICC official, 40 percent of Cardiff match ticket were earlier purchased by Indian fans who now, resell all the tickets on the eve of the first semifinal; India will take on Bangladesh in the second semifinal in Cardiff in the following day.
“Already some 5000 for Cardiff and 2000 for Birmingham have already been resold and we were making all the efforts, except going to the houses of those with tickets and dragging them to the ground, to ensure the match is played out in front of full – crowd” – ICC official said.
Explaining the reasons behind the mix – up, CEO of Glamorgan Cricket Club, Hugh Morris, said, “The semi – final has been sold out for several months. People have been trying to get tickets but have been unable to. They were obviously sold before we knew who the semifinalists were going to be.”
With few hours to go, managing a full house crowd at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff has become a hard job for the organizers.