Online tickets for World XI tour sell out

Tickets on sale at 13 branches of Bank of Punjab from today

Amin Hafeez

LAHORE: Online tickets for next week’s World XI tour of Pakistan have sold out, just as demand spikes for the coveted seats at the Gaddafi Stadium, which will host the three T20 matches on September 12, 13 and 15.

The Pakistan Cricket Board tweeted earlier today that the online ticket purchase website eTicketing is no longer entertaining any further online ticket reservations.

Those who have purchased online tickets can redeem their tickets from Eticketing Office situated at Lahore’s Raiwind Road today and tomorrow (September 7 and 8).

Those who chose the cash-on-delivery option will be receiving their tickets in the mail in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the PCB has arranged for tickets to be sold at 13 branches of the Bank of Punjab across the city, starting from 1pm onwards today.

Hundreds of fans lined up outside the select Bank of Punjab branches in hopes of securing their tickets for the much-awaited series, which promises to open the doors to international cricket in Pakistan – long deprived of global cricket action after a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

According to Bank of Punjab sources, the bank’s head office has received 17,000 tickets to put on sale, which include Rs2,500, Rs4,000, Rs6,000 and Rs8,000 tickets. The head office did not receive any Rs500 tickets for the General Stand category, all of which were sold out online, the sources said.

Former Zimbabwe batsman and ex-England coach Andy Flower has assembled a World XI with players from seven countries led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis. The PCB hopes the series will go off without a hitch as the country prepares to host Sri Lanka for one T20 next month and another three T20s against the West Indies in November.