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India’s unexpected dismissal at the World Cup has given rise to a logistical impasse ahead of the finals at Lord’s on July 14, as it is expected to be once again dominated by Indians who purchased majority of the tickets – leaving practically none for other cricket fans.

Despite their team hurtling out of the tournament after registering an astonishing defeat against New Zealand, Indians, who had planned their trips months in advance, have decided to throng the ‘Mecca of Cricket’ to watch England take on the Kiwis.


This has resulted in a severe dearth of tickets for supporters of England, the hosts, and their opponent New Zealand. The crisis has left fans squeamish. While injustices may have perpetrated sports for centuries -- the fact that England waited 27 years to see their team in the World Cup final, and the Kiwis managed to topple all belief systems that screeched "They won't make it" to reach this point-- has to be taken into account. It cannot get bigger than this.

Many expected that Indian fans would be selling off their tickets, which they have bought in anticipation of Virat Kohli and his team playing the final. However, instead of reselling their tickets through the official ICC website, fans have resorted to alternatives such as StubHub and Viagogo, where tickets are being sold for more than £16,000 -- that's Rs 13.8 lakh -- which is more than 50 times their face value.



In the face of this ticketing deadlock, New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham has issued an appeal to Indians, asking them to resell their tickets at the original prices through the official platform, and not at vastly inflated prices which denies genuine cricket fans the historic chance of watching their nations play the finals.

“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,” he wrote.







Neesham added that while he understands the desire of people to make “ A couple of quid”, demanding for prices as high as on the table is “absolutely ludicrous.”






He is not the only one. Many aggrieved fans from both camps have also floated sincere pleas on Twitter, seeking justice, hope and essentially tickets for the ultimate showdown:



The International Cricket Council have also appealed for fans who do not want to attend the game to return their tickets so they can be sold to other genuine supporters at face value, instead of selling them at exorbitant rates through unofficial resale sites. Supporters have until midday on Saturday to give back any unwanted tickets.

In the months before the tournament began fans could buy top rated Platinum tickets for £395 (Rs 34,000), Gold for £295 (Rs 24,000), Silver for £195 and Bronze for £95 for the 30,000 capacity Lord's ground.

However, by Saturday, the StubHub ticket website was offering tickets for as much as £12,150 (Rs 10.5 lakh), £7,896 ( Rs 6.8 lakh) and £5,548 (Rs 5.5 lakh).

Apart from stating that they are clamping down on sites like StubHub, the ICC has announced it will release an additional 200 tickets for Sunday’s final via their ticketing website – and said there may be more that come on sale.

England fans further been warned about the risk in purchasing exorbitantly priced World Cup final tickets from unofficial resale sites as they are likely to be cancelled – leaving them out of pocket and unable to gain access to Sunday’s match
 

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India’s unexpected dismissal at the World Cup has given rise to a logistical impasse ahead of the finals at Lord’s on July 14, as it is expected to be once again dominated by Indians who purchased majority of the tickets – leaving practically none for other cricket fans.

Despite their team hurtling out of the tournament after registering an astonishing defeat against New Zealand, Indians, who had planned their trips months in advance, have decided to throng the ‘Mecca of Cricket’ to watch England take on the Kiwis.


This has resulted in a severe dearth of tickets for supporters of England, the hosts, and their opponent New Zealand. The crisis has left fans squeamish. While injustices may have perpetrated sports for centuries -- the fact that England waited 27 years to see their team in the World Cup final, and the Kiwis managed to topple all belief systems that screeched "They won't make it" to reach this point-- has to be taken into account. It cannot get bigger than this.

Many expected that Indian fans would be selling off their tickets, which they have bought in anticipation of Virat Kohli and his team playing the final. However, instead of reselling their tickets through the official ICC website, fans have resorted to alternatives such as StubHub and Viagogo, where tickets are being sold for more than £16,000 -- that's Rs 13.8 lakh -- which is more than 50 times their face value.



In the face of this ticketing deadlock, New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham has issued an appeal to Indians, asking them to resell their tickets at the original prices through the official platform, and not at vastly inflated prices which denies genuine cricket fans the historic chance of watching their nations play the finals.

“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,” he wrote.







Neesham added that while he understands the desire of people to make “ A couple of quid”, demanding for prices as high as on the table is “absolutely ludicrous.”






He is not the only one. Many aggrieved fans from both camps have also floated sincere pleas on Twitter, seeking justice, hope and essentially tickets for the ultimate showdown:



The International Cricket Council have also appealed for fans who do not want to attend the game to return their tickets so they can be sold to other genuine supporters at face value, instead of selling them at exorbitant rates through unofficial resale sites. Supporters have until midday on Saturday to give back any unwanted tickets.

In the months before the tournament began fans could buy top rated Platinum tickets for £395 (Rs 34,000), Gold for £295 (Rs 24,000), Silver for £195 and Bronze for £95 for the 30,000 capacity Lord's ground.

However, by Saturday, the StubHub ticket website was offering tickets for as much as £12,150 (Rs 10.5 lakh), £7,896 ( Rs 6.8 lakh) and £5,548 (Rs 5.5 lakh).

Apart from stating that they are clamping down on sites like StubHub, the ICC has announced it will release an additional 200 tickets for Sunday’s final via their ticketing website – and said there may be more that come on sale.

England fans further been warned about the risk in purchasing exorbitantly priced World Cup final tickets from unofficial resale sites as they are likely to be cancelled – leaving them out of pocket and unable to gain access to Sunday’s match
Shame on such indians...such bastrds bring bad name to our country
A lot of immigrants in England are horrid people. Multiculturalism at work : )
 

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A lot of immigrants in England are horrid people. Multiculturalism at work : )
Not disagreeing with what you said but I read another article 1 or 2 days back which said that many Indians attending the matches in WC are from India
 

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Not disagreeing with what you said but I read another article 1 or 2 days back which said that many Indians attending the matches in WC are from India
Maybe. But even if you just see the "natives" (citizens) who were immigrants. They are all the same. People dodging the system, taking oaths and breaking them, lying, taking unbelievable regrettable advantage of the British system to get free rent, food and money went, running gang-culture. It's all the same color. And pretty ugly.
 

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Shame on such indians...such bastrds bring bad name to our country
why??
they bought the ticket legally and they either use that ticket or sell it, their choice....whites do it all the time for all sports and all musical events. although asking 50 times more is unreasonable, but this is the case where they want to watch the match but if any idiot wants to pay 50 times more then eeehhhaaaa.
 

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why??
they bought the ticket legally and they either use that ticket or sell it, their choice....whites do it all the time for all sports and all musical events. although asking 50 times more is unreasonable, but this is the case where they want to watch the match but if any idiot wants to pay 50 times more then eeehhhaaaa.
True. Another truth is that Indians are cricket crazy fans, maybe nobody is willing to sell the tickets and would actually gogo watch the final match. Only a handful of people are selling, that's why the price soared this high. Also taking a tiny 100 GBP refund through ICC portal is more troublesome than earning it. So nobody cares about what the Kiwis and the English think.
 

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why??
they bought the ticket legally and they either use that ticket or sell it, their choice....whites do it all the time for all sports and all musical events. although asking 50 times more is unreasonable, but this is the case where they want to watch the match but if any idiot wants to pay 50 times more then eeehhhaaaa.
You are taking advantage of their need by demandingg such high rates...i can understand selling for twice the rate..but 50 times is unforgivable.
Anyway ICC said people will not allow people who bought those tickets it seems
 

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You are taking advantage of their need by demandingg such high rates...i can understand selling for twice the rate..but 50 times is unforgivable.
Anyway ICC said people will not allow people who bought those tickets it seems
Bhai they won't just sell it. What's the big deal in this small amount. Most indians will actually go to watch the match than selling it through portal with a cancellation charge.
 

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Bhai they won't just sell it. What's the big deal in this small amount. Most indians will actually go to watch the match than selling it through portal with a cancellation charge.
Desi folks are greedy and ultra nationalistic people. I doubt that.
 

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Desi folks are greedy and ultra nationalistic people. I doubt that.
Then you're wrong. See the last Australia vs New Zealand WC match, the final. India again lost out in the semis but many bought tickets to the Final. All of them came to watch and were cheering for New Zealand or Australia.
 

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Desi folks are greedy and ultra nationalistic people. I doubt that.
Don’t generalise, by including us in this shameful behaviour of money making.

it’s only your country men doing this .

Sensible Pakistanis new your match with england result would be.

We didn’t buy tickets for that reason.

So Keep us out of your Desi loose term!
 

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Aren't you a desi and a Noora? That to my knowledge is a more dangerous combination.
Very funny. To my knowledge, you're legally no longer a Pakistani, does Dutch government allow dual citizenship?

Don’t generalise, by including us in this shameful behaviour of money making.

it’s only your country men doing this .

Sensible Pakistanis new your match with england result would be.

We didn’t buy tickets for that reason.

So Keep us out of your Desi loose term!
I am not from India. I am from Pakistan. And I don't mean to generalize, and of course there are many good, honest people. But really, a lot of brown people in UK cheat the system, it's a pattern.

Just look on this forum even. We have members who hold foreign citizenships and have taken oaths in court yet are not afraid to admit in anonymity that they lied in their oath.
 

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I don't blame the Indian fans with tickets. Why not make a profit? Business is about supply and demand. They're sell tickets to a game of cricket not food during a famine.
 

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Don’t generalise, by including us in this shameful behaviour of money making.

it’s only your country men doing this .

Sensible Pakistanis new your match with england result would be.

We didn’t buy tickets for that reason.

So Keep us out of your Desi loose term!
I don't see anything wrong in it, it's their ticket they are free to do whatever they want to burn, tear, give it away for free or charge any amount. Plus those extravagant Unsellable prices quoted at first are most probably negotiable, not our fault that white people don't know a thing a about bargain. And dude seriously after seeing dhonis batting in sf and few other matches do you really believe it was a deliberate loss? And why would Pakistanis buy tickets to an Ind vs Eng game anyways.
 

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