The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah has confirmed that the World Cup 2023 won’t have any provision for e-tickets. Despite the fact that tickets for the forthcoming tournament will be sold online, the ticket holders will still need to procure them from physical redemption centres. Shah gave his confirmation after a meeting on Thursday and said that the redemption of physical tickets will be taken care of “well in advance”.
A crucial meeting took place on July 27 between BCCI and state associations that possibly discussed the changes in World Cup 2023 schedule. After the meeting, the BCCI secretary opened up on the situation regarding the ticketing facility for the upcoming tournament.
The board secretary explained that while it’s not possible to have e-ticketing for the upcoming tournament, the Indian cricket governing body is hopeful to have a well-planned system for physical ticket redemption in the biggest ICC tournament.
He said, "We can't use e-tickets this time around but will ensure to have physical tickets redemption at 7-8 centres well in advance. But physical ticket needs to be retained. It will get difficult to manage e-tickets at high-capacity venues like Ahmedabad and Lucknow. Our plan is to start using e-tickets more in bilaterals first and then take it to multi-nation events like the World Cup," the BCCI secretary went on to add.”
Speaking on ticket sales for the marquee event, he said that the ICC and BCCI will soon announce sales as the partners for the same have been finalised.
He added, “We had a word with the state associations today on the tickets. 90% of the associations came with the manifests and 1-2 didn’t have it ready. We have given them time till Monday to sort it out. The ICC and BCCI will then jointly announce ticket pricing and everything. Ticketing partner is also almost sorted.”
Notably, the World Cup is slated to be hosted from October 5 to November 19 in India.