Ticket-sale starts with some hiccups

ICC World Twnety20 Bangladesh 2014

World Twenty20 2014 ticket-vouchers are displayed by a fan on the first day of sales yesterday. (Inset) A queue awaits its turn to get the vouchers outside the NCC Bank’s Motijheel Branch on the day

The ticket-sales for the World Twenty20 2014 got off to a mixed start yesterday as a number of the 97 Moneygram outlets of NCC Bank and Agrani Bank faced technical difficulties while dispatching the vouchers to buyers.
According to bank managers the problems were caused by ‘poor quality printers’ and the online software used to book the tickets.
Stating examples of the difficulties faced, an official of NCC claimed that the bank’s Dinajpur branch could not dispatch any vouchers yesterday, the branch at Kushtia could provide just 16 vouchers and the Narayanganj branch until 3:15pm handed over only three vouchers. Customers will have to submit these vouchers at designated branches of the banks before the tournament in order to get their tickets.
“In some branches it took up to 30 minutes to sell a ticket and this happened due to the laggardness of the software. Our branch managers faced a lot of problems,” said a bank official.
“We tried to contact the ticketing agency and the local organising committee of the tournament as well, but there was no response,” added the official.
Ticket-sales at other Moneygram booths though worked out fluently. According to bank officials, the numbers in Chittagong, Savar and Motijheel were positive. The India v Pakistan match, which is scheduled to take place at Mirpur on March 21, has been sold out, whereas, the matches in which Bangladesh will be playing in are in high demand.
The queues in front of the counters did not resemble the chaos generally associated with a home-series and that was because each of the counters agreed to sell vouchers to a maximum of 50 persons per day.
The sale of tickets online also began yesterday on the ICC’s official website, www.icc-cricket.com/world-t20/tickets. In order to buy a ticket, one must first need to go to the website, then register and then select a match. After that they will be given an option to select their desired seats, following which they will have to ensure payment using Visa or Master or Nexus Credit Cards.
Customers will then receive e-mails confirming their booking, which they will have to produce, along with details of their credit cards, at authorised locations to exchange it for the official ticket. A full list of these locations will be available from February 1.
Each customer will be entitled to a maximum of four tickets for a single match and a total of 10 tickets for the entire tournament. Bigtree Entertainment Private Limited and AttraBiT Technologies & Solutions Limited are the ICC’s appointed ticketing agencies.

Source: The Daily Star


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