The norm at the ICC World Cup merchandise stores across all tournament venues has been that they only stock merchandise belonging to the two teams contesting in that particular match. For example, during the India vs Australia semi-final, the merchandise shop at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, only had team jerseys and other clothing associated with the Indian and Australian teams. However, such is the popularity of Indian cricket that the merchandise outlet at the MCG yesterday was busy selling Indian World Cup stuff alongside products associated with Australia and New Zealand, the two teams set to compete in the final today.
Indian fans during the World Cup semi-final against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. Pic/Getty Images
“There are loads of takers for the Indian jersey. It is priced at AUD 120 (approximately R6,000), which is pretty steep but Indian fans love it,” said Joe, one of the saleswomen at the MCG.
Final tickets still available
Tickets for the Australia vs New Zealand World Cup final were still available for sale on ICC’s website on Saturday and are expected to be available this morning too. One of the reasons is that a number of tickets were purchased by fans expecting India to make the final, and now that they haven’t, many took to the ICC’s website for a resale of their tickets at cost price. “As of now, the resale is closed and there will be a few tickets available to purchase on our website tomorrow morning. It’s a sell out of 90,000 for sure for the final, but there will be some fresh tickets that we will be able to sell on our website after the various camera positions and sponsor commitments are completed. It should be around 20 or 30 tickets only and of the premier ‘A’ category priced at AUD 395 (approximately R19,000),” an ICC spokesperson told mid-day.