English fans were told not to purchase the risk of the World Cup final tickets from unofficial resale sites as they are likely to be canceled – making them unable to access a Sunday match.
The warning came from the International Cricket Council, which said it was blocking sites such as StubHub and Viagogo, where tickets are already sold to the New Zealand championship for more than £ 2,000.
The ICC said that it was also taking pre-emptive action by canceling the tickets made available for resale before they were sold – including those who offered tickets £ 295 at £ 16,000.
Steve Elworthy, managing director of the Cricket World Cup, said it was “very disappointing” to see tickets on secondary ticket websites selling “very large prices”.
“We are striving to limit the secondary ticket market, but the absence of UK legislation means that we are constrained in the preventive action we can take to stop fans being infringed and forced to pay over the conditions, ”He said. “The accounts and tickets we see being sold on secondary sites are being canceled and we will continue.
“The only way that fans can guarantee their ticket will be valid than buying it from the official ticket resale platform, which allows fans who can not meet the remaining games are sold to fans seriously at their face value. Anyone who buys tickets from an unauthorized source, online or in person, is at risk of being out of pocket and unable to enter the venue. ”
The ICC has announced that it will release an extra 200 tickets for Sunday's final through its ticketing websites – and said that there may be more for sale. Supporters have until midday on Saturday to return any unwanted tickets.
The ICC made suggestions that the Lord could not be full because almost half of the 30,000 tickets are sold to India fans first.
The ICC understands that while 41% of ticket holders are registered as supporters of India, all of these are UK citizens and are expected to come up. Meanwhile 45% of ticket holders say they are English fans.
England are the best ones to win their first World Cup, but the ECB has a strong interest in whether there will be an open bus parade if Eoin Morgan comes forward. A spokesperson from the ECB said he was only focusing on the final.
Bookmakers are hoping to spend almost £ 100m on this sports weekend, including the Wimbledon finals, the British Grand Prix and the July Cup in Newmarket.
“We'll be waking up on Saturday morning to one of the biggest sports weekends ever hosted in the UK and punters are expected to come into effect,” says Harry Aitkenhead from Coral.
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