Abu Dhabi, Apr 11: Tickets for the opening match of IPL 7 in Abu Dhabi are sold out but you can still buy tickets if you are ready to shell out nearly 20 times the original cost!
According to a report in "Gulf News", IPL tickets are being sold in black ahead of the tournament's inaugural game between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders on April 16.
Touts are selling Dirhams 80 (Rs 1,280) tickets at Dirhams 1,500 (Rs 24,000), according to the newspaper report.
"On a popular classifieds website, touts are asking Dh1,500 for a Dh80 ticket to the tournament's opening fixture at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Stadium on April 16," the report said.
"That may be about 20 times the ticket price for a ‘sold out' match, but Robin, one of the men illegally selling these tickets online, said he had 15 takers in less than 15 minutes after posting an online ad," it added.
David East, CEO of the Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Cricket Club (ADCC) has confirmed that the tickets for the first two games have been sold out.
"Tickets for the first two matches at Abu Dhabi are sold out. The demand for match tickets at the other two venues - Dubai and Sharjah - are also very high. There is no question that they will sell out soon," East told "Gulf News".
Due to general elections in India, IPL 7 was moved to UAE for 20 matches. The first phase will be held from April 16 to 30. The league returns to India on May 2.