Colombo, Mar 21: The ICC World Twenty20 2012 ticket launch will be launched in Colombo on March 24 at 18.30 (Colombo time) with Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka, purchasing the very first ticket of the tournament, an ICC release said on Wednesday.
The launch will also feature the ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat as well as representatives from both the Sri Lankan men’s and women’s cricket teams, popular musicians, dance acts and dignitaries, including Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the Minister for Sports in Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Cricket president Upali Dharmadasa.
As a central part of the launch festivities, the ICC will be handing out 800 free match tickets to fans for the tournament. The free tickets will be allotted to 20 pairs for each of the 20 match days and will be distributed to fans via a raffle draw conducted using a Z-card which each member of the public will receive on entering the Galle Face Green event.
The tournament will be staged in Colombo, Hambantota and Pallekele from 18 September to 7 October and is the first time the ICC World Twenty20 has been held in Asia.
The tickets will go on sale to the public from 0900 (Sri Lanka time) on Monday 26 March - with a special window of four days exclusively for Sri Lankan fans.
Tickets will be available at box offices located in Colombo, Kandy and Hambantota and at selected MONEYGRAM outlets in Bank of Ceylon branches. It is mandatory for those purchasing tickets to have their NIC or a valid passport with them.
A maximum of four tickets can be purchased by each person for the Super Eight, semi-finals and finals, and a maximum of six tickets per person for the group stage.
Online booking of tickets will be available by logging onto www.icc-cricket.com and buyers must produce their NIC or valid passport and receipt confirming their purchase to redeem their match ticket at the box office. Ticket collection will take place from 1 August 2012.
Tickets represent excellent value with prices starting at as little as US $0.25 for the single group games and the final itself is attractively priced between US $2.50 and US $45.
The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 will be free of charge for spectators in the group stages which will be played in Galle. The women’s semi-finals and final will be played on the same day on the same ground as the men’s semi-finals and final and will be covered by the same ticket.
The tickets will go on global sale on 30 March at 0900 GMT with a second phase of tickets becoming available on 1 August 2012.