Cricket fans, who will want to be as close as possible to the players in the World T20 by watching the matches from the stands, can start buying tickets for the mega tournament from next week. The tickets will go on sale from Tuesday, 9 February, and the tickets for the India matches are expected to be sold out in quick time.
"On February 9 the tickets will go on sale," The Times of India quoted BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur as saying.
A day before the World T20 tickets go on sale, the BCCI will decide whether the much-talked about matches in Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla will take place as scheduled or not. The BCCI had originally scheduled four matches to Delhi, but the venue has been shrouded in doubt with the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) failing to land an NOC from the civic agencies.
"The BCCI SGM will be held in the third week of February, but before that we will take a final call on whether Kotla will host matches of the ICC World Twenty20 on February 8," Thakur said.
The failure to obtain NOC from all the required agencies will be a huge loss to DDCA, who will be eager to host such a mega competition. They have also been robbed of the second India-Sri Lanka T20 match, which they were originally scheduled to host, for the same reason. The second T20 will now take place in Ranchi.
However, DDCA vice-president, Chetan Chauhan has received some positive news as they have already received one permit and is expecting the same from DUAC (Delhi Urban Arts Commission) and South Delhi Municipal Corporation soon.
"There was some confusion in the L&DO accounting process. It was found that we didn't owe them Rs 83 lakh but in fact they had to pay us back the excess amount. So the NOC from L&DO is already in place," Chauhan said.
"We are hopeful that the DUAC (Delhi Urban Arts Commission) and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation clearances will come through soon."