The International Cricket Council has warned any England cricket fans hoping to get a ticket to Sunday’s World Cup final to hold fire as they attempt to crack down on resale sites selling tickets as high as £16,000.
Five-figure prices have appeared on various ticket exchange websites and the average cost of entry has risen to more than £2,000 ahead of the Lord’s showdown with New Zealand.
The ICC has reminded fans to be cautious as their ticket could be considered void if bought from a resale site.
Steve Elworthy, the managing director of the ICC, blames the ‘lack of legal legislation’ as to why they are struggling to limit the second hand market within the UK for this event.
“We are restricted in the preventative action we can take to stop fans being ripped off and forced to pay over the odds, and will continue to cancel the accounts and tickets we see being sold at these rates on secondary sites,” he said.
As a result of ticketing issues, the ICC has urged anyone still in the hunt for a ticket to go through the official ticket resale section of their website, as well as releasing a further 200 tickets ahead of Sunday’s final.
Supporters had until midday today to give back any tickets that were bought if they were unable to attend the final at Lord’s, amid claims 30,000 tickets were sold to Indian fans who expected their country to feature in the final.
The ICC has played down reports that corners of the stands at Lord’s will appear empty due to tickets purchased by Indian fans.
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