MUMBAI: Tickets as low as 20 US cents for the 2011 cricket World Cup were in the first phase of sales on Tuesday.
More than 100,000 tickets were released in the first phase for the event co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19 to April 2.
“The prices confirm the promise we made that the tickets would be affordable and accessible,” Sharad Pawar, chairman of the World Cup’s central organising committee, said in a statement.
“I am sure that cricket lovers in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka as well as those from around the world will be excited at the prospect of being able to plan their trips to the matches …. and be a part of the Cup that counts.”
The International Cricket Council said that from July 1, technology will allow spectators to pick tickets for specific teams and venues and will even be able to see exactly where their seat is in a ground.
Tickets are available at www.iccevents.yahoo.com.
After the first phase of tickets, more will be available from stadiums and tour operators.
“Further tickets will also be made available online,” the ICC statement said.
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat was pleased with the progress made in organising the World Cup.
“While there is a lot of important operational detail ahead of us, I am pleased at the progress we have made to date,” he said.
Lorgat said in the next few months, safety and security aspects of the World Cup will be dealt with in detail by the tournament’s security directorate — headed by Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar.