Marquee India vs Pakistan showdown drive US ticket demand for T20 World Cup | Cricket News

Feb24,2024



New Delhi: Organizer of t20 world cup There is reportedly a huge demand for tickets among cricket fans in the United States due to the event being held in June.
The epic clash between arch-rivals Pakistan and India in New York has seen staggering demand, with ticket requests exceeding the capacity by 200 times in a public poll, according to the International Cricket Council.
Despite the ongoing construction of the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, a 34,000-seat temporary venue in Long Island, it is already guaranteed to host a packed crowd for the June 9 match.
The tournament is being co-hosted by the West Indies and the United States.
While large crowds are expected at traditional cricket nations in the Caribbean, this will be the first time that an international tournament with 16 games will be held in the United States, including matches in Lauderhill, South Florida and Grand Prairie Stadium. Near Dallas.
“We had amazing interest in tickets. The ballot process showed there was really big demand,” Brett Jones, chief executive of T20 World Cup USA Inc., told AFP on Friday.
“Obviously India-Pakistan is a game that gets a lot of interest at every World Cup. I think it's really cool to see both of those countries come to America,” he said.
Mighty India and Pakistan will play all their group matches in the United States of America and will surely attract a packed crowd of Indian expatriates living in the country.
While organizers hope they can “convert” some Americans to the game, they are well aware that there is already huge interest among the immigrant population and their focus is on serving those fans.
“I think, number one, we want to celebrate the people who are already die-hard fans of cricket. They deserve to see the best players in the world come to their backyard and have a chance,” Jones said.
“So, number one, we want to make sure that happens and that they feel like they're closer to the game that they love. Number two, I think it's about increasing the curiosity in the game,” They said.
Americans have never been enamored with cricket, preferring baseball for its bat and ball action, but the sport is set to get an unprecedented platform in the country with the T20 format including the Los Angeles Olympics in four years' time. Is.
“Obviously there's a great runway for cricket to have the Olympics in LA in 2028 and then the Olympics in Brisbane in 2032, which will again put it in the global view and the consciousness of a big country like the US. I think we got those There are two things working for us,” Jones said.
“We are saying that we want to reward our cricket fans and cricket lovers in the US, which is a huge market.
“Then we want to drive curiosity and hopefully start a bigger conversation at a community level about sport and its benefits,” he added.
Along with the host nation, Ireland, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Netherlands, Bangladesh and Canada will also play the United States.
Although there is no dearth of interest, the organizers still have a lot to do to create the necessary facilities and infrastructure for the global tournament.
Lauderhill, just outside Fort Lauderdale, already plays host to international cricket matches but is undergoing a significant upgrade.
Grand Prairie was opened last year as the venue for the new domestic tournament, Major League Cricket, but is also being expanded for the tournament.
“We still have a lot of work to do to ensure we can provide access to our cricket fans,” Jones said.
“We want to show people that in a sports-mad country that demands entertainment, cricket is a great entertainment product,” he said.
The tournament will begin on June 1 with the match between USA and Canada in Texas.
USA vice-captain Aaron Jones says he hopes the team's performance will inspire young people starting out in the sport.
“We want to show everyone in the world that America can be a cricket country and a role model for the kids coming up,” he said.



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