A “platinum ticket” for India’s World Cup match with England to be held at Edgbaston on June 30, valued by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its authorized ticketing associate Ticket Master at £235 (Rs 20,668) for clients, is currently available at a hefty rate of £995 (Rs 87,510).
The degree of difference gets more outrageous for the final, planned to be held at Lord’s on July 14.
The match tickets under the silver and bronze group, which got a price tag of £195 (Rs 17,150) and £95 (Rs 8,355) in that order, are currently available at £1700 (Rs 1.5 lakh) and £1500 (Rs 1.31 lakh) respectively.
The said tickets with revised rates are not being available in ‘black’. They are accessible with ICC’s ‘authorized travel agent’, Fanatic Sports.
Based in the city of Kolkata, the company’s website illustrates itself as “a committed sports, ticketing & hospitality firm for worldwide sporting occasions”.
The media people talked to Fanatic Sports via e-mail showcasing as an admirer and inquired if tickets were accessible for any India competitions at the World Cup. The firm head for worldwide occasions and coalitions, Saket Dhandhania, reacted with a thorough electronic message of tickets accessible and the costs being offered by the company.
The rules cited below the value list in Dhandhania’s email said, “All orders are subject to approval by ICC”.
The media people asked ICC representatives if the augmented rates had the authorization of cricket's controlling body. The sources, at first, turned shocked and said tickets could not be available at higher rates. The tickets carried the same price tag sanctioned by ICC. The representatives then asked this daily to officially send ICC an email, notifying it regarding this sale of tickets. A reply to the message was awaited at the time of going to press.
Sources also told media company that as a ‘travel representative’, the company can offer tickets to buffs only if it is wrap up with accommodation and travel.