The 2023 World Cup tickets for India’s games against Australia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh were sold out in minutes of them being available on Thursday.
The pre-sale of tickets for three highly anticipated matches involving India started on Thursday and, astonishingly, were completely sold out within minutes of their availability on the BookMyShow platform. BookMyShow is the official ticketing parter of the upcoming World Cup in India.
The sale of tickets has been organized in phases to make the process smoother for fans by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
The ticket sales for the warm-up matches featuring India, to be held at Guwahati and Trivandrum were initiated on August 30, followed by those for the main matches in Chennai, Delhi, and Pune on August 31. India play England in Guwahati and then face the Dutch, on September 30 and October 3, respectively.
The World Cup tickets for the forthcoming India matches at Dharamsala, Lucknow, and Mumbai are scheduled to be on sale on September 1. Subsequently, the matches set to be played in Bengaluru and Kolkata will offer World Cup tickets for purchase on September 2. Finally, the much-anticipated match in Ahmedabad against Pakistan will open its ticket sales on September 3.
The ticket sales for two warm-up matches involving India had differing outcomes. The match between India and England saw a swift sell-out within hours of the release, while the warm-up game against the Netherlands still has available tickets.
Users face World Cup tickets sell-out within minutes
One particular point of contention that has arisen is related to the ticket sales process itself. Several fans took to social media platform Twitter to express their frustration over the process of sales for India matches, with the passes being sold out in minutes.
Users who attempted to purchase tickets were met with a message informing them of limited availability and a high demand, resulting in their placement in a queue that could extend for up to 3 to 4 hours before they could buy the World Cup tickets.
The message on the site read: ”'We’ve limited seats available and are experiencing a very high demand currently. Hence, you’ve been placed in a queue. We request your cooperation and patience. Thank you!“
Upcoming World Cup tickets for India games
India matches at Dharamsala, Lucknow and Mumbai: September 1 from 8 PM IST onwards.
India matches at Bengaluru and Kolkata: September 2 from 8 PM IST onwards.
India match at Ahmedabad: September 3 from 8 PM IST onwards.