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Scalpers make merry as IND vs PAK T20 WC tickets now costlier than Yankees vs Red Sox match

Scalpers make merry as IND vs PAK T20 WC tickets now costlier than Yankees vs Red Sox match

The highest priced ticket for New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox is $1,296 while the minimum available ticket for IND vs PAK is priced at $1,320.

If you are planning to witness the India vs Pakistan rivalry in New York, drop your plans, and watch it on TV. The ticket prices have skyrocketed for the IND vs PAK T20 World Cup game. The match will take place on June 9 at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. With sparse availability, scalpers have made merry. With the lowest priced ticket available at $1,320, it is now costlier than the hugely popular New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox match. The highest-priced ticket for the Major League Baseball match is at $1,296 or Rs 1.07 lakh.

For those who are unaware, the Yankees vs Red Sox is equivalent to CSK vs MI match. On the third-party websites, IND vs PAK T20 World Cup tickets are being sold at as high as $10,000 or Rs 8.6 lakh. The lowest available ticket is worth $1,320 or around Rs 1.1 lakh.

But then if you are a saint and don’t want to pay an exorbitant amount to the scalpers and want to book on the official ICC website, good luck with that. The lowest-priced ticket available is for $2,000 or Rs 1.66 lakh.

ICC only has three segments of tickets available. The lowest is $2,000 (Rs 1.66 lakh) and the highest is $2,750 (Rs 2.28 lakh).

Scalpers make merry on IND vs PAK tickets

India vs Pakistan matches irrespective of the host draw huge crowds. And to make the most of it, ICC has always kept the two neighbouring rivals in the same group at every ICC event. As New York will have its first taste of IND vs PAK rivalry, ticket prices have surged.

With ICC selling tickets at the lowest price of $2,000, scalpers are making merry. On their party websites, lower-priced tickets are getting sold at $1,320.

On Viagogo, it’s Rs 8.60 lakh for a ticket, the highest across websites. The lowest available ticket is worth Rs 1.15 lakh.

To make things worse, there is a lack of general awareness around match tickets for non-cricket fans. Most Americans do not know how or where to get T20 World Cup tickets. And ICC has made a little effort to promote the IND vs PAK match. New York City witnessed a few promotional events. But around the stadium, there is hardly any visibility of the world’s biggest rivalry.

“I don’t really have a clue how to get tickets, where I’d park or anything else like that. Seems like nobody does,” said Andrew, 33, who has never watched a cricket match but knows a little about the sport.

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