The Board of Control for Cricket in India executive have started gearing up for the ICC World Cup party in England and Wales. The Indian Cricket board has paid close to ₹ 2 crore for the upcoming World Cup match tickets.
The highest amount of ₹78.06 lakh is paid to Keith Prowse, whereas tickets are also bought from three other English agencies Oval Events Holdings Limited, Hampshire Cricket Limited and Lancashire Country Club for ₹ 33.65 lakh, ₹ 37.06 lakh and ₹ 44.76 lakh respectively.
The ICC World Cup 2019 will be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.
According to a senior BCCI official, the BCCI will not consume all the tickets. “Some of these tickets are also bought on behalf of the board associates. Once the tickets are acquired and handed over to the concerned parties, the board will get its money back from them,” the official said. “This is standard practice. All transactions are transparent.”
India will open their campaign against South Africa on June 5. The Virat Kohli-led Indians, along with hosts England, are tipped to be firm favourites for their third ICC World Cup crown.
Defending Champions Australia too have struck timely form ahead of cricket’s most prestigious and biggest quadrennial event.