With fans ready to pay any amount to watch India-Pakistan fight it out at Manchester on Sunday, the expected hullabaloo around the much-awaited tie is at an all-time high, days before the action gets underway.
Such is the craze among the fans that they are willing to pay any amount of money to witness the game.
The tickets for the clash which will take place at the Old Trafford Stadium — which has a capacity of 20000 — were sold out within hours of the ticket window opening.
And now, those who have bought the tickets are earning more by re-selling them. A website, Viagogo, is now buying tickets from the fans and is reselling them for prices ranging from approximately Rs20,000 to Rs60,000.
According to the website, 480 people have asked them to resell their tickets which the website is now providing to those who want it.
The highest ticket price is available in the Platinum category for Rs62, 610 while the lowest is that in the Bronze category for Rs20,171.
The website has put up a map of the stadium wherein they have listed the services available in the stands for which the prices are mentioned.
Indo-Pak match also means controversy
An Indo-Pak match also means controversy, and this time the advertisements have stirred up a hornet’s nest with both the countries putting out promotionals.
India’s Star TV has been running an advertisement where an Indian supporter describes himself as Pakistan’s “abbu” (father), referring to India’s domination over their rivals in the showpiece event.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s Jazz TV has used a spoof of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to create a hype over the match. In the 33-second video, a character impersonating Abhinandan can be seen mimicking the Air Force pilot who was captured by the Pakistan Army after the Balakot air strike.
Tennis star Sania Mirza has called the advertisements “cringeworthy” saying there was no need to “hype up” the India-Pakistan match with rubbish.
Rain, though, could play spoilsport like it has been in four of the World Cup matches so far.
Predictions are that it will be overcast throughout the day, with rainfall expected as the day progresses.
(With agency inputs)