Illegal resale of World Cup Final Tickets; Neesham pleads with Indian fans to use official platform instead.
India’s defeat at the Semi Final of the Cricket World Cup has only opened the door to fresh controversy.
Today’s drama arises from the black market sale of tickets to the World Cup final match. New Zealand all-rounder, Jimmy Neesham took to Twitter today to request Indian fans to use the official platform to sell their tickets if they have decided not to attend the match.
A large number of Indians seem to have bought tickets to the match, hoping to catch our boys in blue playing the final game, to lift the coveted World Cup. When India fell out of the tournament this week, however, it seems that disheartened fans have taken to alternative platforms and websites to rid themselves of their much sought after tickets. Reports say that of the 30,000 tickets made available, 41% were bought by Indian fans. These tickets are now being sold at an exorbitant rate of more than Rs. 14 Lakhs - 50 times the original price.
"Dear Indian cricket fans. If you don't want to come to the final anymore then please be kind and resell your tickets via the official platform. I know it's tempting to try to make a large profit but please give all genuine cricket fans a chance to go, not just the wealthy," Neesham tweeted.
Dear Indian cricket fans. If you don’t want to come to the final anymore then please be kind and resell your tickets via the official platform. I know it’s tempting to try to make a large profit but please give all genuine cricket fans a chance to go, not just the wealthy ❤️ ????— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 12, 2019
I mean, I can see why people would want to make a couple of quid and that’s fine, but the asking price of some I’ve seen is absolutely ludicrous. https://t.co/FwL2Mh7yx1— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 12, 2019
Addressing the issue, the ICC warned people not to buy any unofficially sold tickets. The Guardian reports that any illegally obtained tickets are likely to be cancelled. Of the 41% supporters holding Indian fan tickets, the majority, according to the ICC, are UK citizens. Apart from this group, 45% of ticket holders are registered as supporters of the English team.
This means that New Zealand will have a minority in the live viewers at the stadium. Skeptics attribute this to be the reason why New Zealand players are pointing out the unfairness in black market ticket trade.
After Wednesday’s win, the Kiwi Captain, Kane Williamson, also urged Indian fans to support his team in the upcoming final match happening on Sunday.
“I hope they’re not too angry. Obviously, the passion for the game in India is unrivalled and we are all fortunate to play this sport and have a country like India be right behind it,” Williamson had said at the press conference. “But hopefully, we can adopt 1.5 billion supporters and they’ll be supporting us,” he added.