Over a THOUSAND England cricket fans scramble for last 200 World Cup final tickets ahead of New Zealand showdown… as touts offer Lord’s seats for £16,500
- England thrashed Australia on Thursday at Edgbaston to reach World Cup final
- The ICC have released 200 additional tickets for the final via ticketing website
- The scramble for final tickets has started ahead of the showpiece on Sunday
- Tout websites are selling World Cup final tickets at Lord’s for as much as £16,584
Fans wanting to witness England’s first World Cup final appearance in 27 years were swarming the official tournament online resale platform on Friday morning in the hope that disappointed Indian supporters would return unwanted tickets.
Over 1,000 registered users hovered on the site constantly waiting for the chance to pounce, although only around 200 had been made available this way by 11am.
The International Cricket Council’s organising committee, meanwhile, were monitoring secondary ticket websites in a bid to halt individuals trying to make huge sell-on profits for Sunday’s match.
The ICC released an additional 200 tickets for Sunday’s World Cup final at Lord’s (pictured)
Eoin Morgan and Joe Root celebrate after England beat Australia to reach the World Cup final
Despite there being no legislation to prevent such activity, they have successfully worked with online companies to suspend accounts of those caught touting for previous matches and offered to buy back any unwanted seats for official resale.
However, they say such activity ‘has not been huge’, with only 150 attempts made ahead of Thursday’s semi-final between England and Australia at Edgbaston and some of those were duplicated attempts across multiple websites.
Fears of swathes of empty stands for the meeting of Eoin Morgan’s team and New Zealand were triggered by Indian supporters snapping up around 12,000 of the 30,000 tickets.
Jonny Bairstow and Co are favourites to beat New Zealand in the World Cup final
But the ICC are confident the majority of those will not pass up the chance to witness a World Cup final and the minority will enter into the official returns process.
Meanwhile, the security operation for the final is expected to be similar to that in place for other England matches in this tournament.
The safety plans for matches are based on ongoing intelligence passed by local authorities and other agencies. Police deemed the tournament to represent a low-threat level before a ball was bowled.
Tout websites are selling World Cup final tickets at Lord’s for as much as £16,584