Fans gear up for 2019 World Cup, over 2.5 million ticket applications received
The Wiorld Cup will be contested in England for the fourth time. (Getty Image)

With approximately eight months to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the response it has received is phenomenal. The Public ballot closed on August 29 concluding the ticket ballot phase, after which the combined number of estimated ticket applications have gone through the roof at 2.5 million.

The 2019 Cricket World Cup will be held in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14, marking the fourth instance of cricket’s showpiece event being conducted in England. The last time it came here was in 1999, in which Australia beat Pakistan in the final to be crowned world champions for the second time.

According to ICC reports, matches involving home team England have sought most number of tickets, whereas the marquee match featuring India and Pakistan remains the most popular. The high-voltage fixture between England and Australia has also drawn a strong reaction and so has the final at Lord’s.

The remaining tickets will go on general sale on a first-come, first-serve basis from 10am BST on 27 September via the Official Ticketing Website.

“The tournament will be the biggest sporting event taking place in England and Wales next summer and the demand for tickets reflects the excitement of the public here and all the fans around the world. We’d urge any fan interested in still attending to not miss out in the General Sale as most matches will then be sold out,” Steve Elworthy, former South African cricketer and Managing Director of World Cup 2019, said.

“We have developed a pricing structure to drive accessibility with U16 tickets from just £6 and adults from as little as £16 as we wanted to make this world-class sporting event experience open to as many fans as possible. The demand for tickets serves to demonstrate the success of this strategy and help us grow the long-term fan base of the game.

“There will be tickets available in General Sale period for at least one game featuring each competing team as well as at least one game at every venue resulting in some really great tickets remaining. We want to ensure that we welcome as many fans as possible to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime tournament.”

11 venues will be hosting the event. The semi-finals will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham on 9 and 11 July respectively, while Lord’s will host the final.