Amid calls for boycott, the clamour for tickets for the marquee ODI World Cup clash between India and Pakistan in Manchester on 16 June has reached a crescendo, with more than 4,00,000 applicants for the 25,000-seater Old Trafford stadium.
Top India cricketers like Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh have called for boycott of the Pakistan group league encounter, while veterans such as Chetan Chauhan want India to put pressure on ICC by threatening to boycott the whole event.
ICC World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy said that demand for tickets for the Indo-Pakistan group league clash is way more than Australia vs England game or the final at the Lord's.
"That particular game (India vs Pakistan), we had over 4,00,000 applications for tickets, which is an incredible number. The stadium (Old Trafford) only holds 25,000 people. So there are a number of disappointed people. That's just locally, but (there is also) the audience globally," Elworthy was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
In fact, the former South African pacer then provided the numbers which is an indicative that how much the match means for world cricket's governing body.
"To put that (number) in perspective, England vs Australia was around 2,30,000-2,40,000. And the final was around about 2,60,000-270,000 applications for tickets. So that gives you a bit of perspective for the demand for this match (India v Pakistan). It's a big game. They could end up playing each other in the final (too), you never know."
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, in a statement to PTI on 19 February, had said that "there is no indication that any (of the) matches at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned," even as they monitor the situation.
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