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About 1.2m cricket enthusiasts apply for T20 World Cup tickets in 48 hours

The mega tournament is scheduled to take place from June 1 to 29, 2024, in US and West Indies

England supporters celebrate after victory in the Twenty20 World Cup final. — AFP/File 

KARACHI: Cricket lovers cannot wait anymore for the upcoming International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup as about 1.2 million ticket applications were received in the first 48 hours of the public ballot, The News reported Sunday. 

The mega tournament is scheduled to take place from June 1 to 29, 2024, and will be held in the West Indies and the United States. 

The 2024 edition will be the largest-ever T20 World Cup with 55 matches to be played across nine cities — three in the US and six in the Caribbean.

Applications have come from 126 countries, showing the global appeal of the event. Still, it is locals in the Americas where demand has been strongest, with over 900,000 ticket applications from fans residing within the US and West Indies.

The ballot is not a first-come first-served system and fans applying before the seven-day window closes on February 7, 2024, will still have an equal chance of obtaining tickets.

Entering the ballot at tickets.t20worldcup.com will give fans the best chance to get tickets to all the matches they want and be part of the biggest cricket carnival ever.

Remaining tickets not reserved in the ballot will go on general sale after the ballot period is closed and these will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at tickets.t20worldcup.com on February 22.

Tickets to all 55 matches are accessibly priced to entice cricket enthusiasts and new fans to the sport. Prices start at just $6 and over 260,000 tickets will be on sale across the group stage, Super Eight and semi-finals for $25 and under.

ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said: “The initial applications for tickets indicate strong demand for tickets to the first ICC event co-hosted by West Indies and USA.”

T20 cricket is a growth vehicle to bring new fans to the sport. It is reassuring to see a large majority of applications coming from the Americas, reflecting the excitement of fans in the region to see world-class cricket.

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