Even though Champions Trophy is still 20 days away and India is currently under the thrall of the Indian Premier League (IPL), fans seem really excited for the upcoming tournament too. According to a report published by The Indian Express, over 15,000 tickets were sold in past week for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 which will be played in England from 1-18 June while International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Thursday evening that tickets of 8 out of 15 matches have already been sold out.
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Interestingly, all the matches involving defending champions India have already been sold out. Virat Kohli’s team will start its campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4 and as expected, there was a high demand for tickets for the game. Steve Elworthy, Tournament Director was quoted by The Indian Express saying, “the demand has been extraordinary so far but there are still limited tickets available for some matches across all venues. Again we stress that fans should only buy tickets from authorised ticket sites, which is why we are providing a resale service via http://www.icc-cricket.com/tickets. It will allow fans to sell any unwanted tickets at face value to fellow fans in a safe and secure way. This is the only way you guarantee a ticket and avoid disappointment.”
Here’s ICC’s tweet:
8 out of 15 #CT17 games are now SOLD OUT!
— ICC (@ICC) May 11, 2017
Other than Pakistan, India will also play Sri Lanka and South Africa in the group round. In 2013, Indian team lifted the trophy by beating hosts England under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Talking about India’s chances in the tournament star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh told PTI, “Like any other ICC tournament, it will be a challenging event with each team arriving there believing it can lift the silverware on 18 June at The Oval. We are in a tough group, but at the same time, we are a form side following a highly successful domestic season. We will target to carry forward the winning momentum into the ICC Champions Trophy so that we can become the second side after Australia to win back to back titles.”