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ICC in Cardiff tickets plea amid fear of ‘no-shows’ by India fans for ENG vs PAK semifinal

WIth Indian cricket team playing Bangladesh cricket team in Thursday’s second semifinal at Edgbaston, there are concerns that Wednesday’s match between England cricket team and Pakistan cricket team at the 14,100 capacity Cardiff ground have empty seats as 30 percent of the tickets were bought by India fans.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 13, 2017 23:51 IST
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Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed (L), fielding coach Steve Rixon (C) and head coach Mickey Arthur (R) inspect the strip during a team training session at the Sophia Gardens cricket ground in Cardiff on Tuesday, a day ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy semifinal match vs England cricket team.(AFP/Getty Images)

Fans who no longer plan to attend the ICC Champions 2017 Trophy semifinal between England cricket team and Pakistan cricket team in Cardiff on Wednesday have been urged to put their tickets on the official re-sale site in a bid to prevent empty seats at the ground.

When spectators bought tickets for the one-day tournament, they were asked to specify a team preference by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Of those that did for the Cardiff semi-final, 30 percent said they were India fans.

But with title-holders India playing Bangladesh in Thursday’s second semi-final at Edgbaston, there are concerns that Wednesday’s match at the 14,100 capacity Cardiff ground could be blighted by mass no shows.

The deadline for fans to get their tickets on the resale site is midnight (2300 GMT) on Tuesday and after that officials will decide whether they can put them on sale on the morning of the game.

Both semi-finals are officially sold out.

But some 8,000 fans have gone ‘missing’ from the three group fixtures played in Cardiff.

“That’s been reasonably disappointing here, but we are doing as much as we can across all of our channels,” Claire Furlong, the ICC’s communications manager, told reporters at the ground on Tuesday.

“It is a sell-out but we are doing as much as we can to ensure it’s a sell-out with bums on seats as well,” she added.

There were suggestions bad weather may have been a factor in people deciding not to turn up on the day for England’s match against New Zealand in Cardiff.

But Eoin Morgan, the England captain, was confident of plenty of support on Wednesday.

“Cardiff has always been a very good venue for us and the last game we had great support and a full house and everybody seems to get right behind us,” he said.

“I think tomorrow is sold out. That is what I have been told.”

First Published: Jun 13, 2017 23:33 IST