An India-Pakistan game is always a big attraction in any tournament and if the derby is scheduled for a World Cup, then one can imagine the excitement it generates. On June 16, the two rivals will close their horns at Old Trafford in Manchester. This is the seventh time that the two teams will meet in a WC starting in 1992, with India winning the previous six matches. According to reports, tickets for the high-voltage shock sold out 48 hours after the start of online sales and most of the buyers were Indians.
The demand for tickets for the India-Pakistan match is greater than that of host England and the defenders of Australia, which will be held at the Lord’s on June 25. The tournament starts with a game between England and South Africa on May 30, while India plays its first game against South Africa on June 5. Pakistan plays against the Windies in their first match on May 31.
Dan Whitehead, sales and business development manager for Cricket Lancashire, said the atmosphere during the India-Pakistan clash will be even stronger than the England-India match scheduled in Edgbaston on June 30. Tickets for the Indo-Pak match have the highest price tag with the lowest denomination being over Rs 77,000.
“It’s definitely going to be huge.” Last year, when India played against England in a T20 game here, it was a beautiful sunny day and the crowd was predominantly Indian.The stadium was painted with Indian colors and the army of Bharat was very noisy “It was a great game of cricket and India was too good and the atmosphere was amazing and it’s going to be even stronger for the India-Pakistan Game,” said Whitehead, according to InsideSport.
“Due to the high demand, we created more packages and, at this very moment, we only have 200 packages left for those who still want to do it for the big game.”