The kind of excitement and buzz that an Indo-Pak clash generates goes unabated. And if it’s a World Cup game, you can only imagine the madness surrounding the epic clash between the South Asian neighbors cum arch-rivals.
During a promotional event in London, ICC World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy revealed that the demand and craze for tickets of the Indo-Pak group league clash was way more than Australia vs England game or even the big World Cup final at the Lord’s.
“That particular game (India vs Pakistan), we had over 400,000 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 ESPN Cricinfo.
He further added, “To put that (number) in perspective, England vs Australia was around 230-240,000. And the final was around about 260-270,000 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.”
India and Pakistan will lock horns in Manchester on June 16 in the ICC megaevent. Ever since the Pulwama terror attack, there have been calls for canceling the Indo-Pak clash in the World Cup. Pakistan have never defeated India in a World Cup game.