The anticipation surrounding the highly-awaited 2023 World Cup is reaching new heights with each passing day. With just 78 days left until the 13th edition of the prestigious 50-over tournament commences at Ahmedabad’s iconic Narendra Modi Stadium, cricket enthusiasts are eagerly gearing up for the exhilarating showdown. However, the recent announcement of ticket prices for the five World Cup matches scheduled to take place at Kolkata’s legendary Eden Gardens has left the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) far from pleased.
CAB releases World Cup Ticket Prices
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) created a stir last week when they disclosed the ticket prices for the matches to be held at the historic Eden Gardens. Over the years, this iconic venue has witnessed some of the most thrilling encounters, including the unforgettable 1987 World Cup final between Australia and England, as well as numerous high-stakes India-Pakistan clashes, including the famous 1999 Asian Test Championship match.
On July 10, CAB revealed the ticket prices for the five World Cup games slated to be hosted at Eden Gardens. According to the ICC’s recently announced schedule, these matches include a crucial encounter between Team India and South Africa, two highly anticipated Pakistan fixtures, and an enthralling semi-final clash. The ticket prices for the India match and the semi-final start from INR 800 for the upper-tier seats, with the highest-priced tickets being INR 3000. For the Pakistan matches, prices range from INR 800 to INR 2200, while for the Bangladesh game, tickets are priced between INR 650 and INR 1500.
BCCI unhappy with CAB’s action
However, reports have surfaced stating that BCCI is displeased with the CAB’s decision to disclose the ticket prices without prior consultation with the Indian cricket board. This lack of communication has left BCCI officials annoyed and questioning the CAB’s approach.
In response to BCCI’s concerns, Sourav Ganguly, former president of both BCCI and CAB, commented on the issue, saying, “This falls entirely within CAB’s jurisdiction. They will handle it.” Ganguly, who visited Eden Gardens on Monday for a two-hour inspection, was interested in monitoring the progress of the stadium’s renovation, as mentioned in the report.
A senior official from CAB stated, “Sourav’s primary purpose for visiting was to assess the ongoing renovation at Eden Gardens, while we also discussed the upgrading of the stadium.”