Dubai: The ICC T20 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan has been sold out with just over a month left for the mega event in Australia, the International Cricket Council (ICC) informed on Thursday.
Tickets for the Super 12 clash between India and Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on October 23 were sold out, "with additional standing room tickets snapped up within minutes of going on sale," the ICC said in a statement.
Fans from 82 different countries have purchased tickets to watch the world's best players from 16 teams, marking the return of full stadiums at ICC events for the first time since the Women's T20 World Cup in 2020, which culminated with 86,174 fans for the final at the MCG, the ICC informed.
A key reason for this enthusiasm for purchasing tickets, according to the ICC, is the accessible pricing for families that has seen over 85,000 children's tickets sold. Tickets for kids are priced at just $5 for all first round and Super 12 matches while those for adults start from $20.
The ICC said many other matches too have been sold out for the marquee event that will kick off with the qualifiers from October 16.
"Current ticket allocations are also all sold for the double-header at the SCG on October 27 featuring South Africa vs Bangladesh and India vs Group A runner-up. Fans are encouraged to join the waitlist in the event of additional tickets becoming available," the ICC said.
It said an official re-sale platform will be launched closer to the event, where fans can exchange tickets at face value.
Only a very limited number of tickets remain for Australia's opening Super 12 fixture against New Zealand at the the Sydney Cricket Ground on October 22, the double-header featuring Pakistan vs Group A runner-up and India vs South Africa at Perth Stadium on October 30, and Pakistan vs South Africa at the SCG on November 3.
Tickets are still available for most matches, the ICC said asking fans to act now to secure their seats at t20worldcup.com.
ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: "We are delighted by the uptake of tickets for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup with over 500,000 already being snapped up. The excitement is really building with just over a month to go and this World Cup is set to be an unmissable event. There are still some tickets available to buy, so fans should make sure they secure theirs while they are still available."